In Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, America’s beloved President, John F. Kennedy, was shot and killed in Dealey Plaza. This event was the September 11 terrorist attacks of the time. The nation was in absolute mourning. Soon after the calamity, many began to speculate whether there was only a lone assassin involved. Now, five decades late, the debate over who pulled the trigger or influenced the murder, is still a controversy.
On the day of the assassination, President Kennedy was riding in his motorcade around Dallas. By this point, Kennedy and his colleagues were preparing for the next presidential election in 1964. Sitting in the back of the presidential limousine with his wife Jacqueline, the President casually smiled and waved to citizens crowding to see him. Then, suddenly a metallic bang rang through the air and screams reverberated through the plaza. Bullets hit the President in the neck and head, and his body collapsed towards his horrified wife. The governor of Texas, who was also in the vehicle, was hit in the chest.
The President was rushed to Parkland Hospital quickly after the initial shots at 12:30 P.M. on that November afternoon. Tragically, only half an hour later, President John F. Kennedy’s heart activity halted, and he was pronounced dead.
Now, the question was: who killed the President? Who could have been so horrible to assassinate the President? This man was Lee Harvey Oswald, an ex-Marine who had defected to the Soviet Union. Many speculate that Oswald was not the only shooter located in Dealey Plaza during the shooting. Oswald was found and arrested from the murder of Officer J.D. Tippit of the Dallas police force, and his earlier assassination of the President. The multiple shooters theory is the most widely believed conspiracy theory on the death of JFK.
Recently, a poll found that up to eighty-five percent of people believe there was more than a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, conspiring to kill the United States President. Why are these theories so widely believed by American society? It possibly may be because of the conflicting accounts between the Warren Report and eye witnesses.
Dr. Robert N. McClellan, a doctor who had treated Kennedy, tells of a scene differing from the government account. Dr. McClellan recalls that the wound at the back of President Kennedy’s head was a gaping exit wound, not an entrance wound as the Warren Report claims it to be. He also claims to have later seen a photo from the autopsy where Kennedy’s head appears to be mended back together.
The gun used in the assassination is also a hotbed of conspiracy. Oswald had recently become employed at the Texas School Book Depository at the time, and several of his coworkers stated that morning he had carried a package only about two feet long, which was too short for a forty inch rifle and was also not the right size if the gun were disassembled either. The Warren Report claims Oswald had brought the rifle...