John F. Kennedy

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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 »

Trump: Cruz's Dad Hung Out With Lee Harvey Oswald

Cruz camp says claim is 'garbage'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's latest is a wilder-than-usual attack on Ted Cruz: Trump says Cruz's father was in the company of Lee Harvey Oswald just months before Oswald shot John F. Kennedy in 1963. His comments are based on a National Enquirer story that claims a previously unidentified man photographed... More »

After Marrying Jackie, JFK Sent Woman Love Letters

He fell for Gunilla Von Post weeks before his lavish wedding

(Newser) - Exactly 52 years and one day after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a batch of letters the then senator wrote to Swedish socialite Gunilla von Post sold for $15,000 at Upper East Side auction house Doyle New York, reports People . This set includes two complete letters on Senate stationary,... 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 »

Verdict In on Whether Lee Harvey Oswald Pic Is a Fake

3D imaging by Dartmouth scientists shows backyard photo is for real

(Newser) - For decades, conspiracy theorists have claimed the famous "backyard photo" of Lee Harvey Oswald, which shows him holding the same type of rifle used to assassinate JFK, is a fake—a claim that Oswald himself made when he was arrested. But thanks to a scientist who has studied this... More »

After Strange Saga, Oswald's Gravestone Is Moved 900 Miles

Bar owner spends hundreds of thousands in court to bring it home to Texas

(Newser) - Dallas bar-owner David Card spent nearly four years of his life and a "brutal" amount in legal fees for the right to return the grave marker of Lee Harvey Oswald, who he calls "the most famous assassin in the history of civilization," home to Texas. And, last... 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 »

O'Reilly Accused of Lying About JFK-Linked Suicide

He was in Dallas, not on Fla. doorstep, ex-colleagues say

(Newser) - Another dramatic episode from Bill O'Reilly's past has been called into question by former colleagues. In his 2012 book Killing Kennedy, O'Reilly says that he was on George de Mohrenschildt's doorstep in Palm Beach, Fla., in March 1977, ready to "confront" the friend of Lee... More »

Now You Can Smell Famous Death Scenes

Museum puts you in a morgue-like box to explore storytelling through scent

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered what it was like at the scene of someone's death, scientists in the Netherlands are taking you one morbid step closer. They've created a new and unusual museum exhibit that pipes the sounds and smells of four famous death scenes into boxes, like... More »

Lee Harvey Oswald's Brother Fights Sale of His Coffin

It was purchased for $87K decades after body was exhumed

(Newser) - In 1981, the body of Lee Harvey Oswald was dug up to ensure that they really were his remains in the casket, a move prompted in part by conspiracy theories over the killing of John F. Kennedy, the AP reports. They were indeed his remains—but the casket of the... 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 »

New Images of JFK's Fairy-Tale Wedding Surface

13 'unpublished' photos, negatives sell for $34K at auction

(Newser) - Thirteen photographs from John F. Kennedy's wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier have been printed for what may be the first time since the images were taken 60 years ago. An unnamed Las Vegas doctor bought the negatives, each paired with a print, at a Boston auction yesterday for $34,073.... 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 »

Before JFK Died, Jackie Was Bent on a Divorce

Unauthorized biography claims Marilyn's serenade was last straw

(Newser) - The year before John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Jacqueline Kennedy was determined to divorce him, according to a bombshell new unauthorized biography that's making some pretty explosive claims, as per the Daily Mail . Jackie had, supposedly, told her mother back in 1956, "I just can’t see myself... More »

Jackie O's Secrets Found in 14 Years of Letters

Writings offer 'autobiography' from 1950 to 1964

(Newser) - A trove of letters spanning more than a decade is offering new insight into the world of Jackie Kennedy, describing her engagement to the future president and her experience after his assassination. The previously unpublished letters to Fr. Joseph Leonard, a Dublin priest, will be auctioned in Ireland next month,... More »

JFK, Jackie O's Honeymoon Home: Yours for $135M

William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies lived at Beverly House

(Newser) - Beverly House, in Beverly Hills, has a storied past: Not only was it once home to publishing giant William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies—it was also a honeymoon destination for Jackie and John F. Kennedy. Perhaps less appealingly, it's the site of the famous Godfather scene in... 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 »

Zapruder Almost Never Shot His Film

And he was haunted by it: 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - The Washington Post takes a look back today at one of the minor, interesting players in the Kennedy assassination drama: Abraham Zapruder. The Russian immigrant almost never made the film that made him famous—he'd left his camera at home that morning. "Mr. Z, you march right back... 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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