The Assignation of JFK and the Conspiracy Theory
Professor Lisa Jones
December 14, 2013
The Assignation of JFK and the Conspiracy Theory
November 22, 1963 was an unforgettable day in American history. On this day the thirty-fifth President of the United States, John F. Kennedy (JFK), was assassinated in Dallas, Texas while he rode in an open limousine with Texas Governor John Conally (Wicker, 1963). He received fatal head wounds caused by one of the bullets from the shooting. Lee Harvey Oswald (Oswald), the only person ever formally accused of the assassination, ran away from the Texas Book Depository where he worked, and was stopped for questioning by a police official. At which time, Oswald killed the officer with a revolver he had hidden (Wicker, 1963). Oswald fled to the Texas Theater and within a short time period he was apprehended by the police and brought into a police station (Wicker, 1963). Although Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of the crime, he was murdered by Jack Ruby and never prosecuted for the assassination. Since the tragic events that occurred in November of 1963, there have been many theories that the murder of President John F. Kennedy was done as part of a conspiracy. As this year of 2013 it has been fifty years since the events and people are still mystified with the assassination of JFK and the possible conspiracy theories. An important fact that Americans and people worldwide need to know about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, is that 50 years on from the incident we know “everything about the attack, and yet we know nothing about the attack” (Joseph, 2013). This is because due to the fact that there is more than 1,000 classified JFK assassination files that the Central Intelligence Agency continues to refuse to make public, so one still doesn’t know what really happened in Dealey Plaza in one of the most traumatic days in American history (Joseph, 2013). The scholar and assassination researcher Josiah Thompson, author of “Six Seconds In Dallas,” was accurate with his statement concerning the status of the investigation related to the most publicized murder in contemporary American history: “A President of the United States is shot down, at high noon, in a public square, with some 400 or 500 people looking on, with maybe at least 38 of them taking film and photos, and now over 40 years later, uh, we don’t know what happened,” Thompson said in the 2007 documentary "Oswald's Ghost" (Joseph, 2013).Of course, for supporters of the Warren Commission report the issue has been resolved because there is solid evidence against Oswald, they argue. The report said that “on Nov. 22, 1963, at about 12:30 p.m. Central Time, Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots from behind the presidential motorcade on the sixth floor in the Texas School Book Depository building using a rifle, as the presidential motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza, killing President Kennedy and injuring Texas Governor John Connally and one bystander” (Joseph, 2013). Oswald worked in the building and his rifle was found on the sixth floor along with three spent cartridges from rifle shots. Oswald left the building immediately after the attack (Joseph, 2013). Within twenty-four hours, Oswald had been officially charged with the murder of the President (Wicker, 1963). Oswald continued to deny all charges of murder, claiming his only crime was carrying the revolver. The next day, Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner said have had Mafia connections, shot Lee Harvey Oswald on live television while he was being escorted out of a maximum guarded Dallas prison. Oswald was pronounced dead shortly after the incident. In the months that followed, Jack Ruby was to be sentenced to life in prison. As said before, the Warren Commission’s conclusion was that Oswald shot from the Texas Book Depository, that no one else shot, and that Oswald...
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