JFK Assassination

The Conspiracy Theories

Background

Since JFK's assassination, many theories have surfaced regarding just who/what caused his death. With "facts" that don't match up, who are we to believe? Maybe some of these conspiracies aren't as far-fetched as many think them to be.
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The Magic Bullet and The Grassy Knoll

The Warren Commission

Oswald was said to have fired just three bullets but he killed JFK and wounded Governor John Connally. The Warren Commission came up with the 'single-bullet theory,' which stated that one bullet entered JFK's upper back, exited his throat, and then struck Connally, breaking a rib and shattering his wrist, and finally coming to rest in his thigh. This theory was re-named the "magic bullet" theory when it was realized that the bullet's trajectory wouldn't be a straight line.

The Grassy Knoll

Many conspiracy theorists speculate that Oswald was not acting alone. At the time JFK was shot, the motorcade was passing a grassy knoll on the north side of Elm Street, and it is from here that they believe another shot could have been fired. Newspaper photographs prove that shortly after the shooting, police arrested three tramps found in a railroad car behind the knoll. Because the men were clean-shaven and well dressed there was speculation that they were CIA assassins rather than hobos.

Other Culprits?

The CIA

The basis of this theory is JFK's quote of wanting to "splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds."After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, CIA agent, Gary Underhill told his friend, that he was convinced that he had been killed by members of the CIA. He also said: "Oswald is a patsy. They set him up. It's too much. The bastards have done something outrageous. They've killed the President! I've been listening and hearing things. I couldn't believe they'd get away with it, but they did!"


Photo: Picture indicating that the CIA was involved and Oswald was framed.

The Mafia and Johnson

The Mafia

A common theory is that the mafia caused JFK's death because of the heat that his brother, Robert was bringing to organised crime.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Many believe that Johnson was power hungry and desired to be president, thus ordering the current president to be assassinated.


Photo: Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy.

Aliens? Illuminati?

Aliens

This theory is not that aliens killed JFK but rather his interest in them is what got him killed. JFK had written a letter to the CIA demanding to see the secret UFO files. There is also a note from a senior CIA official that says "we cannot allow" the president to see the classified material. These letters lead many to believe his being nosy was what did him in.

Illuminati

The secretive powerbrokers who control the world are obvious candidates for a JFK conspiracy theory. The president fell foul of the Illuminati, it has been suggested, because he wanted to end the Vietnam War, a conflict that was paying the "shadowy bankers" handsome dividends. The Illuminati were also "angered" by JFK's attempts to "rein in" the power of the US Federal Reserve, triggering a deadly backlash.

The Shooters

Jackie

Some believe that it was Jackie Kennedy herself who pulled the trigger on JFK, claiming that she hid a pistol in a nearby flower pot after the assassination. Theorists who support this, however, neglect the reality that she was being watched by thousands in a limousine when the shots were fired.


Photo: Jackie Kennedy with what people believe is a pistol.


The Man With the Black Umbrella

Some witnesses point to a "mysterious" man holding an umbrella as JFK's motorcade drove by. The day of the assassination was bright and clear; no one in the crowd is wearing a raincoat or carrying an umbrella except one man. And that man is standing right where the shots were fired. Later, the man explained himself, saying that he was protesting, referencing the man with the nickname "Umbrella Man."

The Driver

This theory suggests that secret service agent William Greer, the driver of JFK's limousine, pulled the trigger. But others say that what initially looks like a handgun is simply the reflection of the sun on Greer's colleague Roy Kellerman's hair.

Friendly Fire

This theory is the least vicious out of all of them. It suggests that as Oswald fired at the president, Secret Service agent George Hickey cocked his automatic rifle to return fire. When the car he was in stopped suddenly, he discharged his weapon by mistake.

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