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2 Kennedy Assassination Cutting through Conspiracies

3 After the Cuban Missile Crisis 62% were unhappy with his policies on Cuba prior. 62% were unhappy with his policies on Cuba prior. After, Kennedy’s popularity soared – Fall 1963 – 60% of public gave him high marks After, Kennedy’s popularity soared – Fall 1963 – 60% of public gave him high marks Went from young, flashy, inexperienced to brave, noble leader who rescued his country from a nuclear war. Went from young, flashy, inexperienced to brave, noble leader who rescued his country from a nuclear war.

4 November 22, 1963 JFK was in Dallas trying to get support for next year’s election. JFK was in Dallas trying to get support for next year’s election. Dallas had an unfriendly reputation towards politicians. Dallas had an unfriendly reputation towards politicians.

5 Lee Harvey Oswald Shown here in Oak Cliff, Texas. Shown here in Oak Cliff, Texas. Tried to defect to the Soviet Union and Cuba. Tried to defect to the Soviet Union and Cuba.

6 School Book Depository LHO got a job in this building. He would eventually shoot JFK from the sixth floor. LHO got a job in this building. He would eventually shoot JFK from the sixth floor.

7 6 th floor

8 Sixth Floor of the School Book Depository

9 Sniper’s perch This is Lee Harvey Oswald’s view from the 6 th floor of the School Book Depository This is Lee Harvey Oswald’s view from the 6 th floor of the School Book Depository

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11 Zapruder’s film was the most famous evidence

12 He was filming from here.

13 3 rd shot 1 st shot Sniper perch

14 This plaque sits next to where he was fatally shot.

15 Kennedy was rushed to Parkland

16 Oswald fled the scene He checked into his boarding house on 1026 Beckley. He checked into his boarding house on 1026 Beckley. Officer J. Tippit stops on the street to talk to Oswald. Officer J. Tippit stops on the street to talk to Oswald. Oswald shoots him 4 times to death Oswald shoots him 4 times to death

17 Lee Harvey Oswald walked 8 blocks to Texas Theatre on Jefferson Blvd.

18 Arrested The Cops beat him up after Oswald resists arrest at the theatre. The Cops beat him up after Oswald resists arrest at the theatre.

19 LBJ was sworn in at Love Field

20 LHO was being escorted to another jail.

21 Oswald transferred to another jail. Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner, shoots Oswald on live TV. Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner, shoots Oswald on live TV. LHO will never go on record why he did what he did. He is now dead. LHO will never go on record why he did what he did. He is now dead.

22 LHO killed “You killed the President, you rat!” “You killed the President, you rat!”

23 Case Closed? Oswald fired 3 shots (missed the first one) Oswald fired 3 shots (missed the first one) The assassination was filmed (Zapruder) The assassination was filmed (Zapruder) The government investigated the murder for years and concluded that Oswald acted alone. The government investigated the murder for years and concluded that Oswald acted alone. Virtually no witness at that time gave indication that more than 3 shots were fired at Kennedy. Virtually no witness at that time gave indication that more than 3 shots were fired at Kennedy. However.... However....

24 80% of people today believe JFK was killed by someone else!!!!

25 Composite Conspiracy Story JFK was killed by a conspiracy of high government officials with LBJ working with the CIA, the mafia and anti-Castro Americans who all want revenge for Kennedy’s lack of support in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. At the same time (in contradiction), Castro killed JFK with Russia’s help. Jack Ruby killed LHO so he wouldn’t talk. Ruby died with a deep, dark secret! JFK was killed by a conspiracy of high government officials with LBJ working with the CIA, the mafia and anti-Castro Americans who all want revenge for Kennedy’s lack of support in the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. At the same time (in contradiction), Castro killed JFK with Russia’s help. Jack Ruby killed LHO so he wouldn’t talk. Ruby died with a deep, dark secret!

26 Let’s keep in mind Many people thought Elvis was alive for decades after his death. Many people thought Elvis was alive for decades after his death. Many people think Tupac Shakur is alive. Many people think Tupac Shakur is alive. Many people think that NASA never landed on the moon. Many people think that NASA never landed on the moon. Many think Bush let 9-11 happen on purpose. Many think Bush let 9-11 happen on purpose.

27 To make matters worse... Oliver Stone made a movie called JFK in Oliver Stone made a movie called JFK in The movie is full of errors, lies and bad science. The movie is full of errors, lies and bad science.

28 Stone’s JFK helped advance these falsehoods about the assassination: Oswald could not have shot JFK from the sixth floor in less than 6 seconds. Oswald could not have shot JFK from the sixth floor in less than 6 seconds. Kennedy was shot from the front by gunmen on the grassy knoll. Kennedy was shot from the front by gunmen on the grassy knoll. Jack Ruby killed Oswald on orders from the mafia to keep Oswald quiet about everything. Jack Ruby killed Oswald on orders from the mafia to keep Oswald quiet about everything.

29 Could Oswald have made those shots? Yes! Oswald was a sharpshooter trained by the US Marines. Yes! Oswald was a sharpshooter trained by the US Marines. He scored a 212 out of 250 on a 200 yard shooting range. He scored a 212 out of 250 on a 200 yard shooting range. JFK’s car was only 50 yards away from the sniper’s nest and moved 10mph JFK’s car was only 50 yards away from the sniper’s nest and moved 10mph

30 Jack Ruby Conspiracists believe Jack Ruby was a mobster who killed Oswald to silence him. Conspiracists believe Jack Ruby was a mobster who killed Oswald to silence him. Ruby died in jail a couple of years later, supposedly with some deep dark secret. Ruby died in jail a couple of years later, supposedly with some deep dark secret.

31 However... Jack Ruby knew gangsters but was not one. (He knew lots of cops too!) Jack Ruby knew gangsters but was not one. (He knew lots of cops too!) He was a night club owner. He was a night club owner. Those that knew him said he couldn’t keep a secret for 2 minutes! Those that knew him said he couldn’t keep a secret for 2 minutes!

32 Ruby Ruby’s assassination was not planned. Ruby’s assassination was not planned. Ruby left his dog and his girlfriend in the car when he left to shoot Oswald. Ruby left his dog and his girlfriend in the car when he left to shoot Oswald. No conspiracy here from Jack Ruby! No conspiracy here from Jack Ruby!

33 Was Kennedy shot from the front? 2 nd assassin? Zapruder

34 Back and to the left? Many assume based on JFK’s bodily motion and blood spray that he was shot from the front. Many assume based on JFK’s bodily motion and blood spray that he was shot from the front.

35 No witnesses reported gunshots that day! 2 nd assassin? Zapruder wall

36 All witnesses that day described shots from where Oswald was Witness described people but no shots behind fence Oswald

37 Picket fence

38 View from behind fence (x marks the spot) 3 rd shot

39 Picket fence shooter theory There were plenty of witnesses in that area. None reported hearing shots. A few attention seekers claimed they did years later. There were plenty of witnesses in that area. None reported hearing shots. A few attention seekers claimed they did years later. The witness behind the fence died in a single car crash 2 years later, festering conspirators' ideas. The witness behind the fence died in a single car crash 2 years later, festering conspirators' ideas. Many witnesses have been accused of being a part of the conspiracy, including Zapruder (born in Russia). Many witnesses have been accused of being a part of the conspiracy, including Zapruder (born in Russia).

40 Autopsy Kennedy was hit in the back of the neck, not the front. Kennedy was hit in the back of the neck, not the front. He was hit in the back of the head, not the front. He was hit in the back of the head, not the front. A shooter could not have hit JFK from the fence without hitting Jackie or her area. A shooter could not have hit JFK from the fence without hitting Jackie or her area.

41 Magic Bullet? Oliver Stone argued that a single bullet could not have hit JFK and Governor Connally the way reported. Oliver Stone argued that a single bullet could not have hit JFK and Governor Connally the way reported.

42 Magic Bullet? Using the bullet wounds, Stone used this diagram to convince people that one bullet could not hit JFK and the governor the way reported. Using the bullet wounds, Stone used this diagram to convince people that one bullet could not hit JFK and the governor the way reported. Notice both Notice both heads are heads are level with level with each other. each other.

43 JFK sat elevated above Connally wrong

44 Single Bullet Theory Once their seats are properly aligned, the single bullet theory appears to be valid! Once their seats are properly aligned, the single bullet theory appears to be valid!

45 The “pristine” bullet

46 Warren Commission The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known unofficially as The Warren Commission, was established on November 29, 1963, by Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of the U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, It concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy. The Commission's findings have since proved extremely controversial and have frequently been challenged. The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known unofficially as The Warren Commission, was established on November 29, 1963, by Lyndon B. Johnson to investigate the assassination of the U.S. President John F. Kennedy on November 22, It concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy. The Commission's findings have since proved extremely controversial and have frequently been challenged.

47 Warren Commission continued… The commission's determination was that: The commission's determination was that: it was likely that all injuries inside the limousine were caused by only two bullets, and thus one shot likely missed the motorcade, but it could not determine which of the three. (The 1979 agreed that two shots caused all the injuries.) it was likely that all injuries inside the limousine were caused by only two bullets, and thus one shot likely missed the motorcade, but it could not determine which of the three. (The 1979 House Select Committee on Assassinations agreed that two shots caused all the injuries.) the first shot to hit anyone struck President Kennedy in the upper back, exited out his throat, and likely continued on to cause all of Governor John Connally's injuries, the first shot to hit anyone struck President Kennedy in the upper back, exited out his throat, and likely continued on to cause all of Governor John Connally's injuries, the second shot to hit anyone fatally struck Kennedy in the head 4.8 to 5.6 seconds later. the second shot to hit anyone fatally struck Kennedy in the head 4.8 to 5.6 seconds later.

48 Umbrella Man? Some say there was a mysterious man fanning an umbrella right as Kennedy was shot. Oliver Stone said he was signaling to shoot JFK. Some say there was a mysterious man fanning an umbrella right as Kennedy was shot. Oliver Stone said he was signaling to shoot JFK. here

49 Umbrella Man Not much mystery here. The man was questioned and identified. Not much mystery here. The man was questioned and identified. He was trying to heckle JFK with his umbrella in a way that he himself did not quite understand. He was trying to heckle JFK with his umbrella in a way that he himself did not quite understand. One guy told me he was a Soviet agent. One guy told me he was a Soviet agent. here

50 Badge Man? Was there a mysterious man wearing a badge near the fence? Was there a mysterious man wearing a badge near the fence? Again, no shots were fired from this area. Again, no shots were fired from this area. JFK’s entry wounds were in the back of his neck and head. JFK’s entry wounds were in the back of his neck and head.

51 Motives? Everybody seemed to have a reason to kill JFK if one thinks about it hard enough. Everybody seemed to have a reason to kill JFK if one thinks about it hard enough.

52 Lyndon B. Johnson Supposedly, JFK wanted to withdraw from Vietnam. Supposedly, JFK wanted to withdraw from Vietnam. LBJ had him killed so he could continue the war (supposedly). LBJ had him killed so he could continue the war (supposedly).

53 Albert Thomas winks at LBJ

54 LBJ Kennedy gave no clear evidence of exiting Vietnam. Kennedy gave no clear evidence of exiting Vietnam. LBJ showed no desire for escalating this “bitch of a war.” (LBJ’s words). LBJ showed no desire for escalating this “bitch of a war.” (LBJ’s words).

55 The Mob? The mob supposedly wanted to murder Kennedy. The mob supposedly wanted to murder Kennedy.

56 Sam Giancana connections Supposedly upset about JFK’s lack of support for killing Fidel Castro. Supposedly upset about JFK’s lack of support for killing Fidel Castro.

57 Mob continued The mob was upset about Robert Kennedy’s pursuit of organized crime. The mob was upset about Robert Kennedy’s pursuit of organized crime. RFK was the Attorney General (top cop) RFK was the Attorney General (top cop)

58 The mafia did not kill JFK The FBI had the Chicago mafia’s phone tapped and their offices tapped for years before No evidence was heard. The FBI had the Chicago mafia’s phone tapped and their offices tapped for years before No evidence was heard. The mafia had no real interest in JFK. Maybe his brother Robert, but not the President. The mafia had no real interest in JFK. Maybe his brother Robert, but not the President.

59 Did Mob control Oswald and Ruby? Oswald was a lone actor, just as he acted alone in an attempted murder of a General Walker. Oswald was a lone actor, just as he acted alone in an attempted murder of a General Walker. Ruby knew mobsters, but he was not trusted by them. Ruby knew mobsters, but he was not trusted by them.

60 Did Castro Kill JFK? Motive: The CIA tried several times to kill Fidel Castro. Operation Mongoose considered poisoned cigars, poisoned diving suits, mafia rub out. Motive: The CIA tried several times to kill Fidel Castro. Operation Mongoose considered poisoned cigars, poisoned diving suits, mafia rub out.

61 Did Castro kill JFK? Castro did not have the means to do so. Castro did not have the means to do so. Castro wanted the US to leave Cuba alone. An assassination would have led to an invasion. (Castro said this.) Castro wanted the US to leave Cuba alone. An assassination would have led to an invasion. (Castro said this.) Oswald was refused entry into Cuba. Oswald was refused entry into Cuba.

62 Did the Russians kill JFK? Motive: The USA was a serious rival in the Cold War. Killing JFK would provide instability in the military and government. Motive: The USA was a serious rival in the Cold War. Killing JFK would provide instability in the military and government.

63 Russians killed JFK? Why would the Russians risk nuclear war? Having LBJ as President would not have benefited Why would the Russians risk nuclear war? Having LBJ as President would not have benefited the Soviets. the Soviets.

64 Conclusion People (including me) believe what they want to believe. People (including me) believe what they want to believe. Some want to believe JFK was not killed by some lone nut. Some want to believe JFK was not killed by some lone nut. Some enjoy being in the minority opinion. Some enjoy being in the minority opinion.

65 Let’s let celebrities die in peace!


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