JFK Assassination: 54 Years Later
Published : November 3, 2017
I remember that horrible day like it was yesterday. I was at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Appleton, Wisconsin. Being a Catholic School, on the walls in the front of the classroom, there were photos of Pope Paul VI and President Kennedy, the first Roman Catholic president of the United States.
When Principal Sister Benedictine told us the president had been shot, we were in shock. By the time I got home to watch the news, my mother was crying as she sat by our black and white television. She, like so most of America, watched CBS’s Walter Cronkite holding back tears as he informed us that “President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.”
We were glued to our TV screens for the next week and were once again shocked as we saw Texas nightclub owner Jack Ruby murder Lee Harvey Oswald right before our eyes on Sunday, November 24.
The image that still haunts my heart, after all these years, is when we were watching President Kennedy’s funeral procession on Monday, November 25. When President Kennedy’s American flag-draped coffin passed by his family member, little “John-John” or JFK Jr., on his third birthday, bravely saluted his Papa.
Just this last week President Trump released almost 3,000 CIA-FBI files related to the Kennedy assassination. More documents are forthcoming but the CIA and FBI are concerned that those documents might undermine security by revealing intelligence gathering and sourcing methods.
From the very first day after the assassination of JFK, many journalists, historians, researchers and conspiracy buffs challenged the government’s official Warren Report that it was just Lee Harvey Oswald involved in the murder of JFK.
From the CIA, FBI, KGB, and LBJ to Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev and the Mafia, there have been literally thousands of books and articles on this very intriguing assassination topic.
It was Oliver Stone’s 1991 Oscar winning film “JFK” that created a resurgence of conspiracy theories and academic dialogue on the Kennedy murder.
While I found “JFK” to be an excellent source of entertainment that could be used to teach on the topic, I personally concur with the conclusion of the Warren Report, as I am convinced that there is a preponderance of evidence, from finger-palm prints, to bullet shells and ballistic science, to eye and ear witnesses that point solely and directly to the Communist-loving, Kennedy-hating Oswald.
The USA Today’s October 28 headline concurs with my conclusions: “JFK Files Full of Plots, Schemes—but Missing a Smoking Gun.”
Oswald’s gun gave the FBI, CIA, Uncle Sam and Dr. J enough smoke to conclude that Lee Harvey Oswald was not a patsy, but the murderer of President John F. Kennedy.
But then again, maybe the next patch of relapsed CIA-FBI files could change the mind of a die-hard skeptic like myself. I doubt it, but you never know.