On Friday, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, USA at 12:30 p.m. CST the 35th President of the United States of America – John F. Kennedy – was assassinated.
President Kennedy was fatally wounded by by the assassin’s bullets whilst riding in an open top presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza.
LEE HARVEY OSWALD
Very soon after the shooting the lone gun man, Lee Harvey Oswald, was murdered by Jack Ruby.
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Was Oswald’s death, just two days after the assassination, a clue that the death of the President was a government conspiracy?
Conspiracy theorists, as well as those who believe the official reports, mostly tend to agree that Lee Harvey Oswald really did shoot Kennedy from a book depository window.
However, beyond that, the ‘truths’ that each camp holds onto tend to be rather different.
THE ALTERNATIVE THEORIES
Conspiracy theorists have many questions and just as many answers too.
Some of the more widespread theories centre around thoughts such as -
- Was there a second (or even third) assassin at the nearby grassy knoll?
- If Oswald wasn’t working alone then who was he taking orders from?
- Was Fidel Castro involved in the plot?
- Was Kennedy killed by the mafia?
- Could JFK have been assassinated because of one of his alleged affairs?
- Could the government have orchestrated the killing?
THE WARREN COMMISSION
Following the assassination of the President there was a ten-month investigation by the Warren Commission from 1963 to 1964.
Later, the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) would examine the case between 1976 and 1979.
Both of these, and other government investigations, all came to the same conclusion – that the President had indeed been assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald – who was himself then shot dead by Jack Ruby whilst in police custody.
Whilst the Warren Commission reported that Oswald acted alone, the later report by The House Select Committee on Assassinations went further and suggested that there was in fact a conspiracy which probably included more than one shooter.
Footage of the motorcade taken by Abraham Zapruder on 8mm film supported the growing belief that at least four shots were fired – not the three that the Warren Commission claimed, though later studies, including one by the National Academy of Sciences, have called into question the accuracy of the evidence used by the HSCA to support its finding of four shots.
The bullet impacts recorded on the film seem to suggest that at least one of the shots came from a completely different direction to those supposedly fired by Lee Harvey Oswald – evidence that has been further backed up by testimony of several eye witnesses.
Many believed that several shots were fired by gunmen hiding behind a picket fence on a grassy knoll overlooking the plaza.
WHO KILLED JFK?
The assassination of JFK was an event that shook the world.
Video, medical and eye-witness evidence seems to cast at least a little doubt upon the official version of events that day.
Could this mean that the death of the President was a huge conspiracy?
Or was JFK really killed by a lone communist with a hunting rifle?
What do you think?