Friday, November 22, 2013

50 years ago

JFK was gunned down in Dallas. It was the crime of the century. The most important and prestigious leaders of America, headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Earl Warren were chosen to form a commission to find out who did it and why.

Their release of twenty six volumes of testimony and more than ten million words was said to be the most comprehensive criminal investigation ever undertaken in all of history.

Lee Harvey Oswald
Yet, many Americans doubted their conclusion that one lone nut, Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK.

There were still enough poorly answered questions and illogical pieces of evidence that weren't resolved.

The most obvious was the Zapruder film showing JFK's head being slammed backwards by one of the shots (supposedly fired from behind! )

The Pristine Bullet
And then there was the "pristine" bullet that was claimed to have penetrated both JFK and Governor Connely...without having even a scratch on it.

McKnight's book
A later Congress had its doubts too. They held a second investigation in 1976 and concluded that Kennedy was very likely assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.

A recent book by the highly respected author and professor of history at Hood College in Maryland, Gerald D. McKnight titled Breach of Trust  explains very convincingly how and why the Warren Commission hid the truth: they were convinced the American people might demand that missiles start flying unless the public was assured that only one individual was the culprit. He goes on to say that had Oswald lived to go to trial, it's unlikely he would have been found guilty. McKnight believes that he never fired a shot.

It's unlikely that we'll ever know the truth. After all, it has taken 50 years for a majority of us to be convinced that it was a conspiracy. And the shot that actually killed Kennedy was probably fired from.....

the grassy knoll.