Why JFK Conspiracy Theories Don't Hold Up
Fred Kaplan debunks long-held suspicions of a second shooter
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2013 11:36 AM CST
In this Oct. 22, 1962 file photo, President John F. Kennedy makes a national television speech from Washington.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The majority of Americans believe a conspiracy surrounds John F. Kennedy's assassination. Fred Kaplan used to, too—before he debunked the theories. While they offer a bit of fantasy and comfort, the JFK conspiracy theories just don't hold up, Kaplan writes for Slate. First up: Some claimed Lee Harvey Oswald couldn't have shot both JFK and Texas Governor John Connally so quickly, offering that idea as proof of two shooters. But the idea that just one of Oswald's bullets hit both men makes sense, Kaplan writes. It was no "magic bullet": When you consider that JFK's seat was three inches higher than Connally's—a fact often missed—the path of a single bullet from JFK's upper back to Connally's ribcage and wrist is perfectly straight.

As for video showing Kennedy's head forced backward, apparently by the bullet—perhaps indicating a bullet shot from the "grassy knoll" up ahead, rather than by Oswald from behind—Kaplan says that's been debunked, too. Frame-by-frame analysis shows the bullet from behind pushed Kennedy's head ever so slightly forward, before a nerve exploded, sending his head back. And the audio that apparently included sounds from four bullets, when Oswald only shot three? A National Academy of Sciences investigation proved that not all the sounds heard were real gunfire; some even occurred after the assassination. "Case closed," Kaplan writes. For his full report, click here.

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BCS
Nov 17, 2013 1:44 AM CST
There's obviously a lot more to the story. It's far more foolish to believe the official narrative than it is to believe that there's a lot more to it. So much real and solid evidence out there that something far more sinister happened.
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 16, 2013 8:31 PM CST
Bottom line is I track a connection from Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin to JFK's death and a solid link between Northrop to RFK's death via Thane Eugene Cesar. Thane was a guard at Northrop hired to guard RFK. Thane has since immigrated to the Philippines. Poetic justice if you will. BTW, just for fun, if you can find it, check out "Who didn't kill JFK."
bowtiejack
Nov 16, 2013 5:36 PM CST
It is possible at this remove (50 years later) to figure out what actually happened. http://mikiestar.com/qa-about-the-assassination-of-president-kennedy-2/ The terrifying, depressing thing is that this thin, tattered cover-up story of Lee Harvey Oswald is still being pushed. Don't be led off into the weeds by how many shots (it was actually 13), and the rest of it. Just ask yourself, why did Mafiosa Jack Ruby shoot Oswald? Or check out JFK and The Unspeakable http://www.amazon.com/JFK-Unspeakable-Why-Died-Matters/dp/1439193886/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384644850&sr=1-1&keywords=jfk+and+the+unspeakable