Hugh Aynesworth, author of November 22, 1963: Witness to History, was the only journalist to witness the assassination of President Kennedy and both the arrest and murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. He covered the assassination and its aftermath as a Dallas Morning News reporter.
A four time Pulitzer Prize finalist, Aynesworth will speak at the Allen Public Library at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 9.
With the sleuthing skills of a twentieth century Sherlock Homes, Aynesworth was the first reporter to establish Oswald’s escape route and uncovered his Russian diary. Reporting how Oswald paid a threatening visit to the FBI office in Dallas only days before the assassination, he impressed the American public with his tenacity. CBS News Face the Nation moderator/anchor Bob Schieffer declared, “Hugh Ayneswoth knows more about this tragic story and the reporters who reported it than anyone I know. A splendid piece of work.”
Aynesworth later worked for the Washington Times, Newsweek magazine, and ABC’s 20/20. Penning The Vengeful Heart (2000) and Ted Bundy: Conversations with a Killer (2000), his investigative skills unraveled tragic details of the Ted Bundy saga.
Copies of November 22, 1963: Witness to History will be available for purchase and signing.
The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for more information. Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free.