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Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

This paper will discuss the assassination of United States President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Although the investigation of Kennedy's murder by the Warren Commission was finalized in 1964, there remain many inconsistencies and discrepancies which have led to the formulation of a number of conspiracy theories. Nearly thirty years after the fact, researchers are still sifting the evidence to determine whether Oswald was a lone gunman who acted of his own volition, or merely a pawn in an elaborate plan to kill the President of the United States.

On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy participated in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, Texas, on his way to give a speech at the Dallas Trade Mart. The President and his wife rode in an open top convertible limousine, and were accompanied by Texas Governor John Connally and his wife. As they drove through the Dealey Plaza area, shots rang out, killing President Kennedy and wounding the Governor.

A number of witnesses to the shooting had noticed a man with a rifle in a sixth floor window of the Texas Book Depository, which the motorcade had passed only moments before the shootings occurred. This man was later identified as Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald was arrested several hours after the President was shot; he was charged with the murder of Dallas police Officer J. D. Tippit, who had been killed shortly after the President's fatal wounding (Kurtz 15-16). Evidence quickly began to pile up linking Oswald to the murder of the President, and he was formally charged with that crime as well. At the time the charges were made, Oswald "vehemently denied" shooting the President, claiming that he had been used to take the blame in a conspiracy which would be discovered during his trial (Kurtz 20). However, this trial would never come to pass. Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963, as he was being transferred to a more secure detention facility (Kurtz 22-23). ...

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