Like all Americans, I’ve been overwhelmed by coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. There have been movies, reenactments, documentaries, docudramas and replays of contemporary news footage. I have concluded two things: 1) JFK is dead; and 2) Someone or some thing shot him. The rest is subject to debate.
Unlike many scholars who have devoted decades to detailed analysis of the evidence, my research has been limited to two or hours of disinterested television watching. Much of that has been obscured by the mad cacophony which is a sort of background theme music in my home. Nevertheless, I am now armed with enough information to wildly speculate about those tragic events.
The Warren Commission was the body charged with investigating JFK’s assassination. Headed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, the Commission concluded that Oswald, acting alone, shot JFK and Texas Governor John Connally from the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. Oh, if it were only that simple. It has become quite clear to me that I know more than the Commission, plus I have no fear of reprisal since I don’t know what the hell happened, either.
This “single gunman” theory has been largely rejected by many erudite scholars, students of history and crackpots. It is just as likely that JFK was killed as part of a conspiratorial cabal which may or may not have included Lyndon Johnson, the Mafia, the Teamsters, Fidel Castro, Commies, J. Edgar Hoover, the Amish, the Boy Scouts, Israel, the John Birch Society, Opus Dei, the Kiwanis Club and Joe DiMaggio. I am willing to consider–and embrace–any and all theories.
In 1969, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison tried Clay Shaw for conspiring to kill JFK, resulting in an acquittal after less than an hour of jury deliberations. Garrison was either a visionary who dared take on the establishment or a complete crackpot. You decide.
With 50 years of study behind us, you might think that there are unexamined issues left. Of course, you would be wrong. I now am willing to ask the tough questions–the real ones–from which others shrink. Among the questions which no dares ask are:
- Why was LBJ conveniently in Dallas on that fateful day?
- Why was Lady Bird Johnson so quickly dismissed as the likely second gunman or gun person, as it were? From her position in the car behind the President, she alone had a clear shot at his head.
- Why was suicide ruled out?
- Earl Warren was a well-known champion of so-called civil liberties. Isn’t at least reasonable to assume that he may have been a communist sympathizer?
- How come no one killed Jim Garrison?
- Where are the suppressed photos of Oswald and LBJ at Jack Ruby’s strip joint?
- How do you explain the deaths of Earl Warren and Clay Shaw within one month of each other in 1974?
- Speaking of Earl Warren’s death, why doesn’t Wikipedia tell us the cause of his death at the relatively young age of 83? Who is editing that page to delete all references to his mysterious passing?
- Within a year of Warren’s death, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared and mobster Sam Giancana was murdered. Coincidence or silencing?
- What deal was struck with Warren Commission member Gerald Ford for his complicity? Could it have included the Presidency of the United States?
- Only one year after Warren’s untimely passing, Lynnette Fromme and Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate President Ford. Why have they never denied being part of a conspiracy to wipe out all Warren Commission members?
- Why didn’t Richard Nixon ever publicly address his relationship or lack thereof with Jack Ruby?
- Why, when filming such an important event as a Presidential assassination, was Abraham Zapruder’s film of such poor quality?
- What kind of name is Zapruder, anyway?
- Why are so many assassins known by three names?
- Is there anyone under age 50 in the United States named Lee Harvey? If so, why?
- How was Jack Ruby so skilled in human anatomy that he knew that shooting Oswald in the stomach would be fatal, as opposed to a head shot which he would have likely survived?
- Fidel Castro has said that killing Kennedy would have been an “act of insanity” insuring the immediate destruction of Cuba. Why would anyone believe that Commie?
- By the way, how in the Hell is Fidel Castro still alive?
- When Oswald was arrested, he was watching the film War Is Hell starring Baynes Barron. Barron was born on the same day as JFK. How do you explain that?
- Was Oswald’s wife really as big a nag as portrayed in the TV movie Killing Kennedy?
- If Oliver Stone’s film JFK isn’t true, how could he make a movie out of it?
- How powerful is Oliver Stone that no one has killed him yet?
- What better way would there be for the Mafia to get the Feds off their backs than to murder the President?
- What is a grassy knoll?
If you can answer any or all of these questions, you may be on to something. Or not. We know JFK is dead. Oswald? Dead. Ruby? Dead. LBJ? Dead. Connally? Dead. Warren? Dead. Garrison? Dead. Lady Bird? Dead. Are we seeing a pattern here? I’ll ask the questions. You answer them. It’s safer for me that way.