What ACTUALLY Happened to America's Beloved President

The Basics

  • November 22, 1963 @ 12:30 pm
  • President John F. Kennedy was a passenger in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas
  • Several gunshots were fired
  • Three people were injured
  • President Kennedy Died

Photo of President John F. Kennedy

The Injuries

  1. President Kennedy: wounded in the back and the throat, and, fatally, in the head
  2. John Connally, the Governor of Texas: one bullet in the back- destroyed ribs, punctured lungs, shattered his wrist and a piece of bullet remained in his left thigh
  3. James Tague,bystander: received a slight cut on the cheek from the impact of a bullet that landed near his feet

To left: Diagram of bullet entries and exits

The Weapon and Bullets

  • Presidential limousine was heading west on Elm Street
  • A window was half open at the eastern end of the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository
  • Three empty bullet shells were discovered inside this window as well as a rifle
  • After many test, examiners concluded the bullet shells had been fired from that rifle

Image of rifle found in Texas School Book Depository


  • A pseudonym, frequently used by Oswald, had purchased the rifle by mail order several months earlier
  • The handwriting on the coupon matched Oswald's
  • The supplier had sent the rifle to a post office box rented by Oswald
  • Oswald worked in the Texas School Book Depository and had access to the sixth floor
  • He had NO ALIBI

To Left: Mugshot of Lee Harvey Oswald

The Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald

  • Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit tried to question Oswald near his house but was shot and killed by Oswald
  • Fled to the Texas Theatre
  • Oswald was charged with the murder of Officer Tippit and with the assassination of President Kennedy the next day
  • On November 24, Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby while being transferred from the police station to the county jail
  • Oswald was never able to tell his side of the story

Image of Oswald being transferred; moments before being killed

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