The ultimate conspiracy theory concerns the assassination of President John F Kennedy on 22 November 1963 as his motorcade drove through Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Amid several shots, the killer bullet penetrated his skull.
Accompanied by his wife, Jackie, and Texas Governor John Connally, the image of the event is one of THE iconic moments of the 20th century. Racing him off to the Parkland Memorial Hospital, Kennedy died just before one o’clock. Meanwhile, just after the event, loner Lee Harvey Oswald walked out of the Texas School Book Depository where he fired the shots from a sixth floor window. A sniper’s rifle was later found. Arrested shortly afterwards, Oswald was himself shot dead two days later by club owner Jack Ruby, a man with close Mafia connections.
Despite the Warren Commission report of 1964 which claimed no conspiracy was involved in the assassination, from that day to this, the idea that Kennedy was assassinated through conspiracy has remained, including a ‘probably’ from the US House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1979. Organised by either Mafia or Right Wing elements in America itself, evidence of a conspiracy is thought to be in the amateur film footage taken of the assassination by Abraham Zapruder.
For instance, Kennedy’s driver seems to turn round and point a gun at Kennedy. A man in the crowd holds an umbrella, lifts it and seems to pump it at the car – a poisoned flachette? Even eyewitnesses are sure there was more going on, such as those stood by a grassy knoll who heard a shot whizz past them. However, sufficient conspiracy theory exists to put the blame on Oswald himself, although, if true, not through his own actions.
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