Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

September 15, 2016

Some Truths Behind The Assassination of the King of Camelot.

Filed under: Conspiracies — Frank Fiore @ 11:34 AM

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The Kennedy assassination is still considered, by many, to be the ultimate conspiracy. New facts come to light all the time—some of them are disproven—some are never proven either way. What happened to the President is still a mystery—but this blog article is one that has been on my mind for some time. I’d like for us to look at some of the more unusual facts about the assassination.

The Limousine

The limousine Kennedy was riding in at the time of his assassination was a 1961 Lincoln Continental four-door convertible code-named the X-100. After it was examined for evidence following the shooting in Dallas, the X-100 was overhauled, cleaned and returned to service at the White House in mid-1964. It continued to carry presidents until early 1977 and is now on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

War is Hell

Oswald was arrested in a Texas movie theatre, less than 90 minutes after Kennedy’s shooting. The film that was screening was called War Is Hell! It was billed as being about “Iron guts guys in action who kill for medals… dames… or just to stay alive!”.

Walter

Vice-president Lyndon Johnson told CBS newsman Walter Cronkite in 1969 that he did not discount the possibility Kennedy’s death was the work of a foreign power: “I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever been completely relieved of the fact that there might have been international connections,” he said. Johnson requested the comment be removed from the interview for national security reasons and it only aired after his death.

The Oswald Charge

Oswald was charged with killing Kennedy and a police officer named John Tippit. On November 24, Oswald was himself shot by nightclub operator Jack Ruby while being transferred from the city jail to Dallas county jail. Oswald was taken to the same Parkland Hospital which had received Kennedy less than 48 hours earlier, but was pronounced dead a short time later. Ruby was convicted of Oswald’s murder in 1964 despite a plea of insanity. Ruby developed lung cancer in prison and died in January 1967, also at Parkland Hospital.

Unlucky Presidents

Kennedy was the fourth US president to be assassinated. Others were Abraham Lincoln (1865), James Garfield (1881), and William McKinley (1901). America’s 29th president, Warren G Harding, later revealed to have been a corrupt philanderer, was widely rumoured to have been poisoned by his wife in 1923. Coincidentally, Lincoln and Kennedy, who were elected 100 years apart, were both succeeded by vice-presidents named Johnson. Andrew Johnson became America’s 17th president in 1865, and Lyndon Johnson became the 36th president in 1963.

Warren

In 1964, the report from the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren (the “Warren Commission”) found the shots which killed Kennedy were fired by Oswald, and that he acted alone. It also found Oswald wounded Texas governor John Connally, and killed Tippit while evading arrest. Earl Warren was a former Republican Governor of California, and the GOP’s 1948 vice-presidential nominee.

Other Theories

Alternate theories about the events of November 22, 1963 persist. The 1979 House inquiry fueled theories of a second gunman and a wider conspiracy. Before his death in 2007, one of the Watergate burglars, former CIA Agent E. Howard Hunt, alleged Lyndon Johnson was involved in a conspiracy to kill Kennedy. Historian James Reston Jr says Oswald’s intended target was Governor Connally, not President Kennedy. Perhaps most intriguingly, new analysis of the graphic home movie footage of the assassination shot by Abraham Zapruder has concluded that at one point his camera stopped, crucial frames were missing and that the first of three bullets fired by Oswald was deflected by a street sign.

And if you want to see an action packed version of conspiracy theories, check out my three-book series – The Chronicles of Jermey Nash.

 

 

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