JFK assassination

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Famous JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theorist Dies at 89

Mark Lane questioned the Warren Commission and coined 'grassy knoll'

(Newser) - Mark Lane, "one of the most important experts on the Kennedy assassination," died Tuesday at his his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the age of 89, the New York Times reports. Lane came to national prominence with his best-selling 1966 book Rush to Judgment, which questioned the findings... More »

Woman Wants Grandpa's JFK Assassination Film Back

That or $10M

(Newser) - The "Zapruder film" rings a bell for most people—the "Nix film" far less so. But both captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the granddaughter of the man who shot the latter now wants one of two things: the film back, or $10 million. Gayle... More »

JFK Assassination License Plates Sell for $100K

Owner kept them in a junk drawer for years

(Newser) - The license plates that were on the limousine carrying President John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963—saved from the trash more than half a century ago—have sold for $100,000 at auction, reports WFAA . The opening bid for the plates offered by... More »

CIA: Yes, We Covered Up the JFK Killing

Report from an in-house CIA magazine says how

(Newser) - Think the CIA played a role in covering up the John F. Kennedy assassination? Now an important source agrees with you: the CIA. According to an article written by the agency's senior in-house historian, the CIA purposely held back information from the Warren Commission, Politico reports. John McCone, then... More »

4 'Bystanders' Who Changed History Forever

Sometimes you're just in the right place at a significant time

(Newser) - The people who were actively involved in historical events are important, of course—but in many cases, so are the bystanders, the witnesses, the people who just so happened to be in the right place at the right, or at least a significant, time. Ozy looks at six such people... More »

Top-Secret JFK Files Coming Soon—Maybe

National Archives preparing for planned October 2017 release

(Newser) - The 1992 JFK Records Act established that 40,000 documents relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy would be made public in October 2017. Now that the date is little more than two years away, seven archivists and technicians with top-secret security clearances have begun poring over the pages... More »

Secret Service Agents Got 'Bombed' Before JFK Killing

But would sober agents have stopped the assassination?

(Newser) - Many blame the JFK assassination on roguish figures like Fidel Castro or the Mob, but few consider the Secret Service agents themselves—some of whom were out boozing til late the night before. Sound familiar? In the wake of recent Secret Service scandals, Vanity Fair reports that six agents were... More »

Jackie Kennedy Had PTSD After Assassination of JFK: Book

It was not diagnosed, but author says that's what she experienced

(Newser) - In the months following John F. Kennedy's assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy often re-constructed the moments before his death, convinced she could have saved him. In a new book about those months, biographer Barbara Leaming reveals that Jackie was suffering from "what we’d now call post-traumatic stress disorder,"... More »

JFK Assassination Film Is Missing

Orville Nix film could finally settle debate, relative says

(Newser) - The famous Zapruder film of the assassination has a lesser-known but just as important counterpart—and nobody knows where it is. Orville Nix had his camera directed at the infamous grassy knoll, and his six seconds of footage captured the final bullet striking the president. The original film hasn't... More »

Nation, World Remember JFK

Thousands gather at Dealey Plaza in Dallas

(Newser) - Fifty years after John F. Kennedy fell victim to an assassin's bullet while visiting Texas with his wife, people at home and abroad paused today to remember the 35th president of the United States. The most high-profile memorial service was at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where thousands observed a... More »

It's True: Oswald Did It

Marc Ambinder explains how he let go of the conspiracy theories

(Newser) - Marc Ambinder is a self-described "JFK assassination buff." "I've read just about every book ever published on the assassination, watched every documentary, mock trial, and dramatization," he confesses at The Week . So naturally, for a long time, he was a conspiracy theory believer—and, just... More »

Get Ready for JFK Day

Nation marks 50th anniversary of assassination

(Newser) - The 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination brings no shortage of essays, recollections, and theories. A small sampling:
  • Most popular: Kennedy is, by far, the most popular president of the last 50 years, says a new CNN poll . He scored a 90% approval rating, followed by Reagan (78%) and Clinton
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I Carried Oswald's Casket

Mike Cochran recalls getting the scoop as AP's Fort Worth reporter

(Newser) - With only a mother, brother, widow, and two young daughters as mourners at a Fort Worth, Texas, burial in November 1963, the task of carrying the casket fell to the only others in attendance: a handful of reporters, including the AP's Mike Cochran. "Fifty years later, I remain... More »

Nagging Jack Ruby Question Answered

CBS News gets look at 50-year-old evidence, files

(Newser) - The Dallas County district attorney's office has for 50 years kept the lid on a dozen boxes labeled with Jack Ruby's name, according to CBS News , which reports it got an exclusive look at what's inside. The network flags one group of documents of particular interest, those... More »

JFK's Niece Questions Lone Gunman Theory

Says she doesn't know whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone

(Newser) - Friday marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and there are still unanswered questions about what happened on that day. The president’s niece, former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, yesterday appeared on Fox News Sunday and questioned whether her uncle’s killer acted alone.... More »

Jackie's Pink Suit: Off Limits Until 2103

Kennedy family restricts public viewing until then

(Newser) - You've no doubt seen the image of Jackie Kennedy's bloodstained pink suit countless times, maybe even this week alone. But it's a safe bet that nobody reading this will see the real thing in his lifetime. The New York Times reports that the Kennedy family has decided... More »

Why JFK Conspiracy Theories Don't Hold Up

Fred Kaplan debunks long-held suspicions of a second shooter

(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... More »

Bugler's Flubbed Note at JFK Funeral Still Resonates

'Washington Post' looks back at Army Sgt. Keith Clark's poignant mistake

(Newser) - Army Sgt. Keith Clark was by all accounts a brilliant bugler, but a big reason his name endures today (in bugle circles, anyway) is because of a famous mistake. The Washington Post explains that Clark very publicly botched the sixth note of the 24-note "Taps" at JFK's Nov.... More »

For Sale: Ring That's Part of JFK Assassination Story

It's Lee Harvey Oswald's, and he left it with his wife on morning of shooting

(Newser) - On Nov. 21, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald surprised his estranged wife, Marina, in Irving, Texas, where she and their children were living with a friend. He wanted her to come back to Dallas and live with him, but she said no. The next morning, he left her almost all the... More »

Did RFK Steal JFK's Brain?

Author claims theft was bizarre cover-up

(Newser) - A lot of JFK-related material will be released in the weeks ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination but this allegation is definitely going for the craziest: A new book claims that the president's brain was stolen from a secure room in the National Archives by his brother,... More »

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