By: Brianna Stephens
John F. Kennedy was our 35th president of the United States. He was from Brookline, MA, and became our president in 1961. He was our president from 1961-1963, and his vice president way Lyndon B. Johnson. He was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.
Perspective 1, Lone Gunman?
Many different media outlets displayed different theories to what they think happened. Even today, there is still a lot of controversy on what really happened. But we do know for a fact that Lee Harvey Oswald had SOMETHING to do with the assassination. We know this because his rifle was found at the scene. Also, why would a man minding his own business shoot a police officer directly after the assassination, if he wasn't doing anything wrong? But it is highly unlikely that Oswald acted alone, due to the fact Kennedy had a number of enemies within the US. At least this is what the media portrays.
Perspective 2, Who Really Knows?
Following the assassination of JFK, there was a lot of controversy. No one really knew who did it, or why they did it. Everyone just made their own presumptions. The government created the Warren Commission to try to piece together evidence to help solve this mystery. However, not even they could figure it out. They botched the most important murder case in the 20th century. They overlooked key witnesses, ignored facts, and released its final report before all of the pertinent evidence could be gathered and looked over. So sadly, this leads us to not knowing anything about what really happened. The media was very prominent in showing this.
Zapruder Film Slow Motion (HIGHER QUALITY)
People all over the world have a lot of things to say about JFK. Some people loved him while some people hated him. He is said to have a lot of enemies. People always wondered why the government with held a lot of information about JFK's assassination. They let out some information, but never any answers about his assassination. This leads the people to believe Oswald did it himself, or that someone is keeping secrets form the world.
People have been questioning the CIA's involvement in this case. They often felt like they had something to do with the assassination of JFK because of their vague details about the case after they investigated. Even once they investigated they did not release any important information until many years after the assassination had already happened, and it had no longer been as big of a deal. People didn't like to think that Oswald acted all by himself, but there was not really any further evidence that he didn't act alone, and he wasn't able to be tried before he was killed. So even if he did have any information that he would have eventually let out, there's no way of knowing.
People began to criticize the Warren Commission because it was created to help solve the assassination of JFK, when it didn't really even help at all. People, and government officials made up many ideas on what really happened, such as the single-bullet theory, the CIA did it, Johnson had it set up because he wanted to be president, JFK's security guard did it, etc. People began to criticize all government created entities because no one could really figure it out.