The Many Theories of the JFK Assassination

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The Many Theories of the JFK Assassination Introduction There are many theories that have been introduced to people surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The assassination of the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, occurred on November 22, 1963. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in the presidential limousine through the streets of Dallas, Texas. The projectile that struck his head shattered the right side of his skull. During an interview with the Detroit Free Press (2013), a former secret service agent named Clint Hill recalled his actions moments after the shooting. He tells the reporter that he covered the presidents head because, "She didn't want anybody to see the condition he was in, because it was horrible" (USA Today, 2013, para. 5). President Kennedy was taken to The Parkland Hospital at 12:38 p.m., shortly after receiving his wounds. According to Rick Jervis from USA Today (2013), Ronald Jones, a doctor who treated the president, said that there efforts to save him were "fruitless" (para. 9). Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1:00 p.m. after all heart activity had stopped and the last rites had been administered. The death certificate stated that the cause of death was a bullet wound to the head. Many eyewitnesses claim that the gunshots came from the direction of the Texas School Book Depository. Some of the other witnesses claimed to have heard gunshots from elsewhere in the area. According to numerous government investigations, Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin who shot Kennedy. A poll taken over the years showed that many Americans believed that Oswald did not act alone in the shooting. Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby two days after being arrested for t... ... middle of paper ... ...iculous. The Mortal Error theory stated that a Secret Service Agent accidentally shot the president. There is absolutely no evidence supporting this theory. No witnesses saw the man discharge his weapon and all shots were reported to have come from the depository or the grassy knoll. George Hickey even sued the creators of this theory for libel. The last theory is one that can be considered absurd. The creators of the UFO theory believed that the president was killed because of his interest in UFOs over Russia. Kennedy was supposedly going to read a speech that revealed the existence of extraterrestrial life. The letters that were sent to NASA never even mentioned aliens, but were concerned with Russia and the rising tension with the U.S. There are plenty more theories floating around out there, but there are too many of them and most are just outrageous.
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