JFK assassination

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JFK Had Intense Back Pain. It May Have Helped Kill Him

Experts point out his stiff back brace may have kept him from bending to avoid fatal bullet

(Newser) - Per the currently accepted narrative, the first bullet to hit John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, wasn't the one that fatally injured him. It was Lee Harvey Oswald's second shot to the head that ended the president's life, and some are now saying a medical problem... More »

New JFK Files Contain Explosive MLK Allegations

Files also state Oswald had no CIA connections

(Newser) - The government released 676 documents it said were related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy Friday—including a 20-page FBI file on Martin Luther King, Jr. The file, dated less than a month before the civil rights leader's April, 1968 assassination, claims King had close ties to the... More »

FBI: All JFK Files OK for Release, With a Small Catch

There will be some redactions to protect certain individuals who may be at risk, bureau says

(Newser) - The FBI said Monday that all of its previously withheld files on the John F. Kennedy assassination have been authorized for release, with limited redactions to protect the identities of individuals who helped investigators probing his death. By law, all government documents related to the assassination were to be released... More »

JFK Files Describe Mysterious Call 25 Minutes Before Assassination

Other new details include a seashell bomb plot

(Newser) - A trove of thousands of previously classified documents relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy was released by President Trump Thursday evening , just in time to comply with the 25-year deadline a 1992 law put into place. Multiple news outlets have been poring over the 2,800 documents, which... More »

JFK Assassination Files Released; Trump Blocks Some

President cites national security concerns in withholding some classified documents

(Newser) - Thousands of previously classified or redacted documents on the JFK assassination were officially released Thursday evening. The documents can be found here , and the New York Times will be posting highlights as it finds them. "I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted," NBC News... More »

'Intensified' Pressure on Trump to Withhold Some JFK Files

Thursday is the day set in law 25 years ago for the disclosure of remaining hidden documents

(Newser) - President Trump is playing it coy on what people will see from long-secret JFK assassination-era files and didn't tip his hand on the eve of the release. "The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow," was all he said in a tweet . "So... More »

New JFK Records May Explain Oswald's 'Raleigh Call'

But historians generally don't expect to see any smoking guns emerge in final document release

(Newser) - On Thursday, the US is expected to make public the last sealed government documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. President Trump has the authority to block the move, but he has tweeted that he (probably) won't do so. Historians and armchair sleuths generally don't expect... More »

Trump Says He'll Allow Release of JFK Records

But he leaves some wiggle room ahead of next week's deadline

(Newser) - Historians and amateur sleuths hoping to see the last sealed records pertaining to the JFK assassination got some apparent good news on Saturday. President Trump tweeted that he will allow their release, though he left some ambiguity: "Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as... More »

Trump Has Big Decision to Make on Secret JFK Files

3.6K government files will be released unless he intervenes

(Newser) - A happy day for historians and conspiracy theorists could be right around the corner. A 1992 law mandated that all materials related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination be maintained in a single collection—and that those documents that had been kept secret be released 25 years later. That... More »

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 »

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