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.
JFK was many things. Among these, he was the youngest president, youngest president to die in office, and the first Roman Catholic president (Merriam Webster's). Since it was well known JFK a civil rights activist, since it was well known he was disliked by many southerners. Despite having enemies in the south Kennedy had made it clear he wanted to campaign in Florida and Texas, as he knew that not winning these states could turn things around in a bad way. He brought his wife with him to Dallas, making this her first prolonged appearance since the death of her baby in August (JFK Library). Kennedy made enemies with other people against Castro, corrupt CIA and FBI agents, and the Mafia when he refused to send in air support to the Cuban exiles during the Bay of Pigs. He also placed a ban on hostile Cuban weapons (The White House). His approval ratings plummeted to 59%.
During Kennedy’s trip to Dallas, there were multiple security problems. There was supposed to be a bubble top roof on the president’s vehicle, while this roof is not bulletproof it was better than nothing. This was removed because “[Kennedy] felt this barrier enforced a separation from the crowds,” and “he told his aides he that he liked to ‘see and be seen.’” Due to the way the roads curved, the president’s motorcade was forced to move at a sluggish 11 MPH instead of 20 MPH that the president was supposed to be moving at. These conditions helped set up the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Lee Harvey Oswald is the man that has been most proven to be the assassin of President Kennedy. Oswald’s purchase history showed he had bought a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, but there was no proof that he had used that rifle to kill Kennedy. He joined the marines, but defected to the Soviet Union in ’57 and later he came back to the United States in ’59 with a Russian wife and communist sympathies.
"… 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, however, never got trial because he was shot by Jack Ruby.
Many people believe that Oswald was not working alone. There was a shot to the back of the head of Kennedy, but the shot that killed him came from the front. He fell backwards when he was shot the second time. People next to the president reported having smelled gunpowder right after the shot, but if Oswald was in the depository building then there was no way the smell of gunpowder could have reached the ground so...