John F. Kennedy Assassination

by Bianey Cavazos, Keri Ewer

Who, What, When, Where, Why?

In November 22, 1963 the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Daley Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. the news papers and the TV documentaries say that Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old ex-marine, killed President Kennedy. That is the official verdict on the JFK assassination. Why? No one really knows the reason why Oswald wanted to kill President Kennedy, and the reason why knows he was killed is that there is no agreement about who was behind the murder, who pulled the trigger or triggers, or even how many triggers were pulled. And the reason why there is no agreement about many of the basic facts of the JFK assassination is that the case was never seriously investigated.
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Perspective #1 (Lee Oswald's Motives)

If Kennedy was in fact killed by a lone gunman, that gunman must have been Lee Oswald; there are no other plausible candidates. The Warren Commission was unable to find any reason why Oswald killed Kennedy. According to the Warren Report, “The Commission could not make any definitive determination of Oswald’s motives” (Warren Report, p.22), and limited itself to speculating about Oswald’s mental state.

Senator Richard Russell, summarized the speculations for President Johnson: “he [Oswald] was a general misanthropic fellow … he had a desire to get his name in history and all” (see Richard Russell and the Warren Report).

This speculation is unlikely to be correct. The fact that Oswald consistently denied killing Kennedy suggests that even if he had committed the crime, the accused assassin was not motivated by a desire for fame and notoriety.

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Perspective #2 (Conspiratorial Motives)

If Oswald committed the crime or not, it is clear that the assassination was almost carried out by another gunman, firing from more than one direction. The single-bullet theory has been comprehensively debunked, on two main grounds. Firstly, the Zapruder film shows Kenneddy and Connally reacting to their injuries separately. Secondly, the entrance wound in JFK’s back was too low to have allowed a shot from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, 60 feet or 18 meters above the road, to have come out of his throat and then hit Connally. If the single–bullet theory is false, the assassination cannot plausibly have been carried out by only one person. The wound in Kennedy’s back, and the wound in Connally’s back, show that at least two shots were fired from behind, a fact corroborated by many of the witnesses in Dealey Plaza.

Media Bias

Many newspapers gave their own theory, there were also many conspiracy theories saying there was only one or many bullets. They say that it was a consequence of the Bay of Pigs incident or it was the Russians. After reading and seeing who these events happened I believe that there was one and one bullet because it is nearly impossible for a bullet to go in one direction and change its course drastically.

In the end no one will ever know what actually happened.

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Criticism #1 (Historical)

I think that the story of the assassination of JFK have historical criticism because of the period of time that he was killed, 1960s, whet the invasion of the Bay of Pigs and the Cold War happened. And also because JFK assassination was a huge impact in the history, not just in US history but World's history.

Criticism #2 (Marxist)

I think JFK assassination has Marxist criticism because Kennedy was a powerful person, we can say that he was the most powerful person of the country just for being the President, and the enemies that wanted to have more power, such as the Soviet Union or Fidel Castro, wanted to disappear him from the map.
JFK - 3 Shots That Changed America (History Channel Documentary)