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Oct 28

The End of Camelot…

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Craig Jacobson

Kennedy.jpgI don’t recall some things in my past, but I do remember fifty years ago, on November 22, 1963, that I was in my 8th grade classroom.  Which was when the announcement came over the loud speaker that President Kennedy had been shot.  It’s a time in history that is hard to forget and many haven’t.   Seven days after the assassination, President Johnson set up the Warren Commission to investigate all that took place.  Almost a year later, an 889 page report concluded that there was a lone assassin- Lee Harvey Oswald. Two months later 26 volumes of supporting documents were published.  As the years have passed other records have been released with the final ones scheduled to be released to the public in 2017.  With all that has been written, one would think that the case would be closed, but it hasn’t been. There were many critics of the Warren Commission Report, then and now.  Many books have been written about the various theories that exist.

In Hit List, Richard Belzer sets out to investigate the many deaths of the witnesses involved in the Kennedy assassination.  Many have said the deaths were “coincidental”, but 18 of the deaths were within three years of Kennedy’s death.  Was the government trying to hide something?

Those who knew Kennedy well were interviewed for the book November 22, 1963: reflections on the life, assassination, and legacy of John F Kennedy.  People like Tom Brokaw, Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Billy Grahm, Robert F Kennedy Jr., Senator Walter Mondale, and Bob Schiefer are just a few of the nearly 100 people that were asked where they were on that day, what were their thoughts  of that day, and what they think about JFK’s legacy.

One of the jobs of a Secret Service agent is to protect the President of the United States. Not always an easy task, especially when President Kennedy, who loved crowds, would unexpectedly walk into a crowd with little warning.  He also banned agents from being in the car.  In The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s secret service agents break their silence the story is told from the perspective of the agents who were there before, during, and after the assassination of the President.

Investigative journalist, Jerome Corsi PhD., has gone through recently declassified documents.  He has spent years researching books, documents, films, photographs and the Warren Commission’s findings.  He has known, or met, people directly connected to this time in history.  In each chapter of his book, Who Really Killed Kennedy: 50 years later, stunning new revelations about the JFK assassination, he examines the strongest theories such as the ballistic evidence that proves that there was more than one shooter.

While serving on the House Select Committee on Assassinations, Gaeton Fonzi was very critical of the committee’s report.  He believed the investigation should be reopened because many of the government agencies did not provide the committee with all the information that was requested, in his opinion.  Congress never requested a follow-up investigation.  Of all the books written about the Kennedy assassination, many researchers and historians believe The Last Investigation by Fonzi is one of the best. Although he doesn’t know the names of those who killed Kennedy, he believes that Lee Harvey Oswald had a connection with the CIA and that the “single bullet” theory is not supported by medical evidence.

In the DVD JFK there is a blending of archival film and the director’s version of who killed Kennedy.  X was the character in this movie who unfolded the story of the massive plot and cover-up.  While X was a character in this movie, in real life he was really Colonel Fletcher Prouty, who was a former top-level military-CIA operative.  After the production of this movie, Prouty went on to write JFK: the CIA, Vietnam, and the plot to assassinate John F Kennedy in which he furthers his theory on why Kennedy was murdered.

In Case Closed, the author truly believes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.  Through interviews, secret files, and scientific and computer enhancement of film, Posner shows where the Warren Commission made mistakes and disproves the involvement of the CIA, FBI, and the mafia.

Bonar Menninger, the author of Mortal Error, is an expert with guns and ballistics.  Because of his expertise with ballistics, he was able to find errors with the Warren Commission and those who criticized the report.  It is his belief that Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t kill the President and if he didn’t, there is only one person who could have.

Because the assassination happened where it did, there were many eyewitnesses that were overlooked by the Warren Commission.  Bill Sloan interviewed an assortment of people from average citizens to law enforcement officials.  Their accounts of the day do not match those of the Warren Commission.  One account is from a doctor on duty when the President arrived at the hospital.  He noticed a nickel sized hole in the front of the President’s neck.  The whole area was cut open when a tracheostomy was performed.  Anyone viewing this later may assume that a second bullet exited from this sight rather than entered here.  If it was indeed smaller, as the doctor said, it would mean that a second gunman in a different location had also fired a shot at the President.  This is only one of twelve accounts found in JFK: breaking the silence.

In Bill O’Reilly’s book, Killing Kennedy: the end of Camelot, not only does the author talk about the death of Kennedy, but how this one act affected our nation afterward.  Of all the books, this one gives a more personal account of the President as well as insights into Lee Harvey Oswald, Jackie Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and many others involved in this tragedy.

I’m amazed at all that has been written on this topic.  Almost every angle has been covered.  For those of you who love mysteries or for those of you who just want to know more, hopefully one or more of these books will help you.