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60 Years After JFK Was Shot, 'a Race Against Time'
60 Years After JFK Was
Shot, 'a Race Against Time'

60 Years After JFK Was Shot, 'a Race Against Time'

As surviving witnesses try to log their assassination accounts, conspiracy theories continue to abound

(Newser) - It's the day before Thanksgiving, and also the commemoration of another somber day in American history: the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. JFK was fatally shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in a motorcade with wife Jacqueline...

13K More Unedited JFK Assassination Files Released
13K More Unedited JFK
Assassination Files Released
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13K More Unedited JFK Assassination Files Released

No 'smoking gun' is expected, however

(Newser) - After delaying their release and then releasing nearly 1,500 of them last year before being sued for illegally withholding the rest , the federal government on Thursday released almost all of the remaining government files on John F. Kennedy's assassination, in their unedited form. The White House says more...

'Previously Withheld' JFK Documents Are Released

But it's still not everything

(Newser) - The White House on Wednesday released almost 1,500 additional documents tied to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Experts say there's little point in searching for a smoking gun within them, reports CNN , with Fox News adding a large number of the documents involve assassin Lee...

Biden Puts Off Release of JFK Files

National archivist needs more time, White House says

(Newser) - Secret files concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will not be released to the public by next week after all. The national archivist asked for more time to review them, White House officials announced, blaming the delay in part on the pandemic, CBS reports. President Biden issued a...

'One of Our Last Direct Links' to JFK Assassination Is Gone

Marie Tippit, widow of slain officer JD Tippit, is dead at 92

(Newser) - Marie Tippit, the widow of the Dallas police officer killed by Lee Harvey Oswald about 45 minutes after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has died at age 92, per the AP . Tippit died at a hospital in the East Texas city of Sulphur Springs after being diagnosed with...

Guilt Haunted Secret Service Agent Who Planned JFK's Motorcade

Winston Lawson was in the car ahead of the president's in Dealey Plaza

(Newser) - "I'm the only agent in the history of the Secret Service as advance that had the president of the United States killed," Winston Lawson said in 2013. "At times I wish I had never been born." Lawson, who has died at 91, chose the route...

New RFK-Murder Theory Involves Shadowy CIA Man

'A Lie Too Big to Fail' points the finger at Robert Maheu

(Newser) - The cloak-and-dagger figure who likely inspired the TV show Mission: Impossible also planned Robert F. Kennedy's assassination—at least according to a lengthy new book on the subject, the Washington Post reports. In A Lie Too Big to Fail, author Lisa Pease contends that Robert Maheu, an ex-FBI agent...

4 'Bystanders' Who Changed History Forever

 4 'Bystanders' 
 Who Changed 
 History Forever 
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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...

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...

It's True: Oswald Did It
 It's True: 
 Oswald Did It 

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...

Why We're Sick of Hearing About JFK
 Why We're Sick 
 of Hearing About JFK 


Why We're Sick of Hearing About JFK

His assassination did not 'change everything,' Steve Friess argues

(Newser) - Friday will be the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, and we're sure to see endless genuflection on the occasion. But Steve Friess at Time is sick of hearing about the assassination, and thinks most people under 50 are, too. "All those magazine covers and books...

RFK Jr: Oswald Didn't Act Alone

Evidence is 'very convincing' a lone gunman didn't kill JFK, he says

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy. "The evidence at this point I think is very, very convincing that it was not a lone gunman," he told interviewer Charlie Rose in...

RFK Witness: I Heard 2nd Shooter

Nina Rhodes-Hughes insists Sirhan Sirhan didn't act alone

(Newser) - In a new interview with CNN , a Robert F. Kennedy campaign volunteer and witness to his assassination insists that convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone. "There were more than eight shots," Nina Rhodes-Hughes says. "There were at least 12, maybe 14," which would have...

Castro Knew JFK Would Be Killed Nov. 22, 1963

Cuban leader had agents listen for Kennedy assassination news

(Newser) - Another factoid for JFK conspiracy theorists: Cuban leader Fidel Castro apparently knew President Kennedy would be assassinated and even told spies to listen carefully to radio chatter coming from Texas on November 22, 1963, the Miami Herald reports. In a new book, former CIA analyst Brian Latell draws on Cuban...

48 Years After JFK Was Shot, a Look at the 'Umbrella Man'

He serves as a 'cautionary tale,' explains Josiah 'Tink' Thompson

(Newser) - It's been 48 years to the day since that fateful day in Dallas— so what can possibly be said about John F. Kennedy's assassination hasn't been said a thousand times before? How about these three words: "the Umbrella Man." His existence is far from new—...

For Sale: Long-Lost JFK Assassination Tapes

$500K recording contains unheard material from Air Force One

(Newser) - Got $500,000 to spare? You could be the proud owner of a newly discovered piece of American history. A Philadelphia dealer in historic documents has purchased a reel-to-reel recording from Air Force One following the death of John F. Kennedy, and it’s got 30 minutes of never-before-heard conversations...

In Sirhan's '68 Notes, a Calculating Assassin

The picture they paint is not one of a brainwashed killer

(Newser) - Sirhan Sirhan claims he was brainwashed into assassinating Robert F. Kennedy, but notes he purportedly wrote 42 years ago tell a different story. The handwritten four-page chronology, which he wrote in front of a member of his defense team, shows a more calculated approach. In it, Sirhan describes his...

Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole
 Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole 

Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole

Kennedy killer's appeal for release rejected 14th time

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy's assassin has been denied parole for a 14th time. A California parole board decided that Sirhan Sirhan, who has spent 42 years behind bars for the 1968 shooting, has failed to accept the magnitude of his crime, the Los Angeles Times reports. Board members noted that Sirhan...

Sirhan: I Was Brainwashed Into Killing RFK

Assassin says he doesn't remember killing, didn't act alone

(Newser) - It might have been a more convincing story 43 years ago, but Sirhan Sirhan now says he was brainwashed into assassinating Robert F. Kennedy, has no memory of the 1968 shooting, and did not act alone. "There is no question he was hypno-programmed," Sirhan lawyer William F. Pepper...

Oswald's Coffin Up for Auction

Funeral home hoping to get thousands for battered old coffin

(Newser) - A funeral home is selling off maybe the creepiest piece of Kennedy memorabilia ever: the coffin Lee Harvey Oswald was originally buried in. The coffin was dug up in 1981 to settle a dispute between Oswald’s widow and brother over whether a lookalike Russian agent had been buried in...

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