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Would John Reed be a good suspect in the shooting of Theodore Roosevelt?

Asked by pterodactylover808 (139points) February 8th, 2010

Considering the timing is right, would John Reed have reason to shoot Theodore Roosevelt based on his beliefs. He started the Communist Labor party in the United States. He hated war. Covered the Russian Revolution and actually wrote a book on the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. He wrote for a socialist newspaper called the Masses. He also conducted a speech in Russia. Please help!

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dpworkin's avatar

John Reed was a journalist, not a warrior. Cool your fevered brow.

janbb's avatar

Doing a little wiki research, I think it wouldn’t really work for you. John Reed was at Harvard while Roosevelt was President and didn’t become a radical journalist until after that. (And the Bolshevik Reovlution wasn’t until 1917.) Although they overlap, their careers don’t really coincide. I assume you are positing a work of fiction, not a historical hypothesis, but you need a better candidate.

pterodactylover808's avatar

well if you were to do it just based on their political views….

janbb's avatar

John Reed did not espouse violence. Why not do some research of your own into the anarchist movement and some of the people who did attempt assasinations like Leon Czolgosz who assassinated President McKinley. Some anarchists you might look up are Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman.

grumpyfish's avatar

@pterodactylover808 If you were to do it on just political views, there’s a LOT of people you’d expect to be shooting each other.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

The actual shooter was John Schrank. On 14 October 1912 in Milwaukee he shot T.R. at close range in the chest with a handgun. Despite the bullet in his chest, Roosevelt continued to give his campaign speech for another 80 minutes. During the speech, T.R. joked that “It takes more than a bullet to kill a Bull Moose”.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

If you were going to do it just based on their political views, then you could make the attempted assassin Castro, John Locke, Jesus… quite a long list.

What @grumpyfish said, now that I see his reply.

filmfann's avatar

You are confusing Reds with The Parallax View

Holden_Caulfield's avatar

Things are not always as simple as they may seem. In a nutshell. I have found that in seriously controversial subjects, it is the least most likely subject. My two cents for what it is worth…

filmfann's avatar

@dpworkin It’s true. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. It’s always darkest before the dawn. You should never swim less than ½ hour after eating.

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