The Mystery of the JFK assassination
The assassination of JFK affected the lives of many that were alive during his presidency and forever impacted history. His assassination is shrouded in mystery, and to this day no one knows exactly what happened. He was the youngest elected president, and the youngest president to die in office (The White House)
JFK was a civil rights activist, because this was well known he had made enemies with many southerners in that time period. Despite these enemies JFK had made clear he wanted to campaign in Florida and Texas, as he knew that not winning those states could flip the tables on him. His wife would be with him, making her first display in public for more than is needed since the death of her baby in August ("John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum"). While the most accepted idea is that he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, there are a lot more ideas out there. Some people believe that the Mafia had ties to his assassination, mainly Jack Ruby, or if the CIA or FBI had been involved. Unfortunately, nothing remains except many conspiracy theories. The Kennedy family seemed to have nothing but bad luck afterwards, with most everyone dying. (JFK: 50 Year Anniversary)
Kennedy refused to send in air-support during the Bay of Pigs and allowed a ban on hostile Cuban weapons (The White House) and in doing so he may have made friends, but he also made enemies with other people against Castro, corrupt CIA and FBI agents, and the Mafia. Faced with his new challenges and enemies, he also had to try and recover from a 59% approval rating. (Kallen, 12-13) This began his trip to Texas to try and regain some approval.
During his trip to Dallas, the president had several security problems. Generally there is a bubbletop roof on top of the president's vehicle, the top is not bulletproof but was better than nothing at all. Kennedy disliked the bubbletop. "He felt this barrier enforced a separation from the crowds." (Kallen, 16) Another reason being was "he told his aides that he liked to 'see and be seen.'" (Kallen, 16). Due to the way the road ahead had curved, Kennedy's vehicle was forced to crawl at only 11 MPH instead of the required 20 MPH or greater that any president is supposed to be travelling at. To add on to all of these factors, Dallas was nicknamed "the City of Hate" (Kallen, 16) due to how much they hated him. Despite the nickname, the crowd loved Kennedy, but it comes as no surprise that the assassination would take place in Dallas.
The most accepted theory on which assassin it really was is that he was Lee Harvey Oswald.
"In addition, on Saturday November 23 the FBI announced that the rough fingerprints they found on the Mannlicher-Carcano were 'insufficient for the purposes of… identification… [and] were of no value.' On November 29, however, the FBI announced that it had found a palm print on the rifle." (Kallen, 52)
Oswald's purchase history showed he had purchased a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, yet...