Eyewitness to Oswald killing to speak in Morristown, Nov. 10

Accidental Assassin

The way it unfolded still boggles the mind. The suspected killer of an American president is paraded for all to see… and all see him murdered in cold blood on national television before he can answer questions that continue to haunt the nation, a half-century later.

Author Mickey Carroll
Author Mickey Carroll

Maurice “Mickey” Carroll was a young reporter on the scene that day in Dallas when Lee Harvey Oswald was gunned down by Jack Ruby.

Mickey will recount that shocking day in Dallas at a talk on Nov. 10, 2013, at the Morristown & Township Library.  The talk starts at 2 pm and admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

The shooting is the subject of Mickey’s new book, Accidental Assassin: Jack Ruby and 4 Minutes in Dallas.  After President Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, the New York Herald Tribune dispatched Mickey to Dallas.

He was attempting to interview Oswald at the police precinct when Ruby, a local club owner, assassinated the suspected assassin.

These days Mickey directs the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, and teaches at Quinnippiac in Connecticut. Over the years he has worked with The Star-Ledger, The New York Times,The New York Post, Newsday, The Jersey Journal and other newspapers.



4 Minutes in Dallas: An Eyewitness, Oswald, Ruby and the JFK Assassination

Featuring former journalist and polling director, Maurice “Mickey” Carroll

MORRISTOWN, NJ—The Morristown & Morris Township Library is hosting a special program honoring the anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination on Sunday, November 10 featuring former journalist and polling director, Maurice “Mickey” Carroll who will speak on his firsthand experience in Dallas in 1963. The free program begins at 2:00 p.m. and refreshments will be served. This program is supported through funding from the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.

November 22, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. Mickey Carroll was a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, when he was sent to Dallas in November of 1963 to cover the story of Accidental Assassinthe assassination. By happenstance, Carroll was trying to interview Oswald at the police precinct where he was detained—this in an era, Carroll explains, where reporters had much easier access to public officials and newsmakers than today—only to witness him shot by local club owner, Jack Ruby. Thus, Carroll was given entrée to one of the most seminal moments in American history and one in which Carroll outlines in his new book Accidental Assassin: Jack Ruby and 4 Minutes in Dallas. In the book, Carroll outlines what he actually witnessed, and which the reader can compare to the many conspiracy theories that have swirled around the assassination for the last 50 years. As a reporter, Carroll was assigned to follow the events afterwards, but like many major news stories, conspiracies can begin to take over the story. Hence Carroll wrote his book to publish the many facts that he witnessed firsthand. In fact, as part of his Herald Tribune story, Carroll followed up with 25 questions about the assassination at the time, all to which he found answers in the publication of the Warren Commission Report, the official government investigation into the presidential assassination.


Maurice “Mickey” Carroll is currently the Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, where he is the chief spokesperson for Quinnipiac’s New York, New Jersey and national polls. Carroll has had extensive experience in the newspaper business having worked with the New York Times, The Star-Ledger, The New York Post, Newsday, The Jersey Journal and other papers. Carroll taught journalism at Columbia University, New York University and Montclair State University and presently teaches in Quinnipiac’s mass communications program.

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