Modern History Essay: The Warren Commission Concluded That Lee Harvey Oswald, Acting Alone Killed President Kennedy. Do You Agree?

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On November 29 1963, one of the greatest pieces of written irony was created. The Warren Commission, which within its introductory pages claimed it was written "in recognition of the right of people everywhere to full and truthful knowledge" concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy, was fabricated to convince the American public that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated Kennedy by firing three shots from the Texas School Book Depository. This lone assassin theory was simply false. Oswald did not act alone in killing the President, but rather, there was at least another person, if not an organisation, that also took a part in the killing. In saying so, the Warren Commission's lone-assassin theory was a cover up.

The first piece of critical evidence against the theory that Oswald was a lone-assassin, is that not all shots fired came from the Texas School Book Depository. There is solid evidence from witnesses, film, and medical records that at least one shot was fired at Kennedy from the Grassy Knoll. There are countless witness accounts of hearing a shot coming from the knoll. Gordan Arnold, who was a young soldier on leave standing on the slope of the grassy knoll, declared "The shot came from behind me, only inches over my left shoulder. I had just got out of basic training. In my mind, live ammunition was being fired. It was being fired over my head and I hit the dirt." Furthermore, right after the shots were fired, several witnesses reported smelling gunpowder on or near the grassy knoll. Policeman Joe Smith, who had run to the grassy knoll and to the car park directly behind it, reported shortly after the assassination that "around the hedges, there was the smell, the lingering smell of gunpowder". It is impossible that he, or the other witnesses at the knoll, could have picked up the smell of gunpowder from a sixth-floor window fifty yards away. These witness accounts prove that Oswald had an accomplice situated at the knoll.

In the Zapruder film, film frame 315-335 shows a violent backward movement of the Kennedy after the head shot and he falls to the left. Logically, Kennedy must have been shot from the front right, from the grassy knoll, in order to make such a movement. This is further evidence that there was another person besides Oswald who fired at Kennedy.

The wounds of Kennedy's head clearly indicate that he was struck in the head by a bullet that was fired from in front of the limousine, from the direction of the grassy knoll. Many reliable witnesses (including an SS agent and nurses) describe a large wound at the right rear of the head. Dr Carrico, one of the Dallas doctors who operated on Kennedy, described the wound as "a large gaping wound located in the right occipitoparietal area... 5 to 7 cm in size". This wound was clearly a wound of exit, thus Kennedy must have been hit from the front, not from the back, the direction of the Depository. This, of course, contradicts the Warren Commission's lone-gunman...

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