Richard Paul Pavlick
- Category : 1887-births
- Type : PSE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Contagion 1
American retired postal worker from New Hampshire who stalked Senator and U.S. president-elect John F. Kennedy, with the intent of assassinating him. On 11 December 1960 in Palm Beach, Florida, 73-year-old Pavlick positioned himself to carry out the assassination by blowing up Kennedy and himself with dynamite, but delayed the attempt because Kennedy was with his family. He was arrested before he was able to stage another attempt.
On 27 January 1961, Pavlick was committed to the federal medical center in Springfield, Missouri, then was indicted for threatening Kennedy's life seven weeks later.
Charges against Pavlick were dropped on 2 December 1963, ten days after Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas. Judge Emett Clay Choate ruled that Pavlick was mentally ill—unable to distinguish between right and wrong in his actions—and ordered that he remain in a psychiatric hospital. The federal government also dropped charges in August 1964, and Pavlick was eventually released from the New Hampshire State Hospital on 13 December 1966.
Pavlick died at the age of 88 on 11 November 1975 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire.