The twenty-four-year-old man eagerly stared down at the street below through the scope mounted on his Italian-made, bolt action, 6.5 caliber rifle until his target appeared. John F. Kennedy was in Dallas, Texas, to campaign ahead of the 1964 election. Lee Harvey Oswald, “a twenty-four-year-old drifter,” was the shooter that ended John F. Kennedy’s life on November 22, 1963. He acted alone to end the life of the United States President that many Americans believed had the potential to be great. At the age of only 46, the life of this energetic President had been abruptly ended by the act of a lone sniper. Despite the fact that this highly esteemed President died so brutally and unexpectedly, his legacy and call for change has not been forgotten. For many Americans, “Kennedy remains a hero cut down in his prime, immortalized as forever young, charismatic, and full of potential.”
What really happened on that fateful day during which John F. Kennedy and Governor John Connally of Texas were shot as they waved to the excited crowds that lined the Dallas streets? Many have speculated for years in an effort to answer this complex question. From the efforts of those curious about the assassination have come numerous conspiracy theories that question the number of assassins, shots fired, location of shooter(s), and motives. The Cubans under Fidel Castro, the mafia, and the CIA have all been blamed as the real culprits behind Kennedy’s death. The next question one may ask is whether or not anyone will ever know the undeniable truth about what happened on that unforgettable day in United States history. That question will be answered in the context that follows. Detailed information will be provided that supports the true story about what happened on November 22, 1963. This information will be focused on proving that Lee Harvey Oswald was the one and only gunman that ended the life of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Criticism will also be provided to refute the other common theories concerning the assassination of President Kennedy.
First, the facts about the planning of the motorcade route and the happenings at the time of the shootings will be laid out. The motorcade route was planned in order to meet a certain itinerary that was determined ahead of time. The itinerary established that, “45 minutes had been allotted for a motorcade procession from Love Field to the luncheon site.” Love Field was the airport where John F. Kennedy was scheduled to land and then depart again later that day. The luncheon was scheduled by “business and civic leaders” as a place where the President would give a speech before returning to Love Field. The Trade Mart located in Dallas was selected as the luncheon site. The route that was selected for John F. Kennedy’s procession through Dallas was believed to be the safest and easiest route that would allow the President to complete his journey from Love Field to the Trade Mart.
The Kennedys were riding in a 1961...