JFK: The Rest of the Story
13 February 2013
On November 22nd, 1963, the 35th president of the United States of America was assassinated. There continues to be a controversy surrounding the events that transcribed on that fateful Friday afternoon, and the events leading up to it. John F. Kennedy was not murdered by a lone gunman, but rather numerous authority figures that would benefit from his death. In order to determine who is responsible, we must examine the physical evidence, the eyewitness testimonies, and look deeper into the policies of JFK which would motivate someone to envy his stature.
President John F. Kennedy’s life was brought to an abrupt end while riding with his wife Jacqueline in a presidential motorcade. A man named Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of this crime, but never received a trial. There seem to be many unanswered questions regarding the events of that day, but in order to prove Lee Harvey Oswald’s innocence; we must first examine what we do know. Before Lee Harvey Oswald’s innocence can be proven, it must first be proven that there was more than one man involved in the assassination. This is accomplished by examining key pieces of evidence presented in the Warren Commission’s report, as well as analyzing eyewitness testimonies from bystanders nearby the president’s limousine. The physical evidence presented to us includes, the 26 second home movie taken by clothing manufacturer Abraham Zapruder, as well as wounds from Governor John Connally, President John Kennedy, and from onlooker James Tague. Abraham Zapruder was a 68 year old clothing manufacturer who produced one of the most crucial pieces of evidence in the assassination of the president. This film shows the presidential motorcade travelling down Elm Street, revealing the gunfire, and the fatal shot on President Kennedy. Upon closer inspection of this film, certain things can be concluded. First, from the time the first shot is fired, to the time the fatal shot is fired, a period of 5.6 seconds had elapsed. The Warren Commission also determined that there were three shots fired from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository. According to the New York Times, Oswald was able to shoot the President from distances between 190 feet, and 265 feet. Granted that Oswald spent years in the military, it is still astounding that anyone could fire three shots in 5.6 seconds with an “Italian Carcano M91/38 bolt-action rifle” (National Archives) and hit a moving target as small as someone’s head from distances of over 85 yards. James Tague was a bystander standing on the side of Elm Street who was hit with a bullet fragment from a rifle while standing near the underpass. This is a key piece of evidence in the case against Lee Harvey Oswald. In the testimony of James Tague given to the Warren Commission, it is apparent that, “after the third shot, he claims to have then ducked behind the abutment to the triple underpass for a moment. He claims he next glanced around the abutment just in time to see the presidential limousine accelerate out of Dealey Plaza, toward the Stemmons Freeway. Tague had been wounded by the time the third shot was fired. He reported feeling a slight sting which he initially ignored, being "consumed by what was transpiring in front of him" (Trask, 459). It later became the focus of attention when Tague mentioned it to Dallas police officer Buddy Walthers who then noticed blood on his cheek” (McAdams). The question arose of which one of the three shots is the one that caused James Tagues injury. During this motorcade, John Connolly, the Governor of Texas at the time, was sitting in a jump seat in front of the president and sustained injury while riding in the limousine. “His wounds included an entry wound in the back near the right shoulder, a broken rib, an exit wound in the chest, a shattered wrist caused by a bullet entering from the dorsal (back) side, and a fragment lodged in his thigh.” (Mary Ferrell...
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