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President John F. Kennedy's Assassination

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The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a patsy as “a person who is easily manipulated or victimized : pushover” (www.merriam-webster.com). This is what Lee Harvey Oswald claimed he was when the Dallas Police Department arrested him on November 22, 1963 for assassinating President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. At the time of the assassination, not many believed Oswald was innocent. Today, though, the vast majority of Americans believe Oswald’s words, claiming that there was more behind the tragic assassination than government investigators once portrayed. Many have disregarded the government’s ideas and have fabricated their own theories. It is a controversial issue that the world is still butting heads about. With the assassination of President Kennedy, the United States government issued a report to settle down the country in its time of mass confusion; however, in fifty years, what seemed to be a simple event has become the most elaborate conspiracy in our nation's history.
It was approximately fifty years ago when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, and the government became the catalyst of a major controversy. As President Kennedy was riding in a motorcade through the heart of the plaza, a series of deafening gunshots rang out, one striking him. Later that day, he was pronounced dead. The country was plagued with depression. Lyndon B. Johnson, the new president, appointed the Warren Commision, a group of government investigators, “...to evaluate matters relating to the assassination and the subsequent killing of the alleged assassin, and to report its findings and conclusions to him” (www.jfklibrary.org). After a year of intense investigation, the commission published the Warren Commission Report, ...

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