Who killed JFK?

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Who killed JFK?

November 22, 1963, now known as the death day of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a mournful day for the country. The gunfire that struck the President’s neck echoed in the plaza. Wounded in the neck and head, the poor soul collapsed over toward Mrs. Kennedy.

The governor was also hit in the chest. The car hustled off to Parkland Memorial Hospital which was just a few minutes away. But little could be done for the President.

Who Killed JFK?

Lee Harvey Oswald, a recently hired employee at the Texas School Book Depository, was held accountable for the fatal shooting of President Kennedy.

Conspiracy Theories Around JFK's Death

Dave Perry, a 70-year-old retired former insurance has been digging through JFK’s assassination records since 1976. Over the years he's been involved with people including the ex-Dallas, detective Jim Leavelle and Buell Frazier (Oswald's co-worker). He shared five conspiracy theories that he believed to be the most popular ones:


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#1. Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Did It

Perry claims that this one is primarily based on the statements made by Madeleine Brown. Brown (died in 2002) supposedly had an affair with Johnson. She reported that LBJ attended a party with ex-Vice President Richard Nixon, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and others the night before the attack. LBJ whispered into Brown’s ear that, "After tomorrow, those Kennedys will never embarrass me again. That's no threat. That's a promise.“ Perry rubbishes the story and instead suggests that Texans never favored Johnson and therefore created fictitious stories against him and made him Kennedy’s assassin.

#2. The "Military Industrial Complex" Did It

This one claim that Kennedy wanted to pull off troops out of Vietnam whereas the military intended on adding up the Vietnamese population. According to Perry the president was up to solving the issues and was not planning to pull out any troops.

#3. "The Mob" Did It

The Chicago mob, the Miami mob, and the New Orleans mob are the three different mobs that were blamed for the assassination. According to Perry this was all hearsay and held no veracity.


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#4. "Oswald Acted Alone As Part Of An Unknown Conspiracy"

The former head of the CIA, Allen Dulles, was a member of the Warren Commission; the special Johnson-appointed panel was assigned the task of supervising the official investigation of the assassination. The commission blamed Oswald, who acted alone.

Because of Oswald’s involvement with the Russians, it was suggested that they could have ordered Oswald to kill Kennedy. Perry couldn’t agree with it because Russia’s leaders knew that they would be the first suspects in such a scenario and could have led to a nuclear attack.

#5. "The CIA Did It"

Perry does not completely disagree with this one because CIA was trying to kill (Cuban leader Fidel) Castro. According to the theory, Kennedy might have got an idea of CIA’s planning and was considering dispersing them. To save themselves, they ordered the assassination of Kennedy. There is also a possibility that CIA had Oswald on the payroll and he was acting as a double agent, involved with the Russians and the CIA at the same time.

Facts About The Assassination

#1. Three empty bullet shells were discovered just inside the window of the Texas School Book Depository. A rifle was discovered on its sixth floor and tests proved that bullet shells were fired from that rifle.

#2. Lee Harvey Oswald was not exactly arrested for Kennedy’s murder but for shooting a police officer, Dallas patrolman J.D. Tippit. Two days after his arrest he was shot dead by Jack Ruby, Dallas nightclub operator

#3. Oswald worked in the Texas School Book Depository and also had legitimate access to the sixth floor. He claimed of being somewhere else while the incident took place.


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Besides these five, there are a plenty of other conspiracy theories as well that try to explain JFK's death; one of these being that Fidel Castro, the communist dictator, was behind the assassination. This theory was making the rounds in tabloids in 1963 as well when the JFK was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, and it was again renewed when the Cuban Prime Minister died last year.

An American tabloid called National Enquirer published a sensational article in December last year, titled ‘Dying Castro Admitted Killing JFK!’ in which it made several claims regard Kennedy’s death. It said that while Castro was on his death bed and could barely speak, he called one of his trusted confidantes and whispered about his deadly plot.

He further told the confidante that the assassination was ordered to take revenge for the Bay of Pigs invasion of April 1961, which was backed by the CIA. Corroborating with this theory are the declassified documents of FBI’s secret report that indicate that Oswald was a scapegoat who took the fall for the killing.

While there are a number of theories, I guess we would never know for sure about what actually happened to JFK.


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