Why Was JFK Assassinated?
Who killed JFK? The official story detailed in The Warren Commission Report (1964)
claims that a 24-year-old ex-Marine and avowed Marxist, Lee Harvey Oswald, was solely
responsible for firing three shots with an archaic rifle from the sixth floor of the [Dallas] Texas
School Book Depository, located nearly 100 yards behind the limousine in which United States
President John F. Kennedy was fatally wounded on 22 November 1963. However, the House [of
Representatives] Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1978-79 challenged the
integrity of the Warren Commission investigation and conclusions by conceding:
… that the Warren Report was not, in some respects, an accurate presentation of all the
evidence available to the Commission or a true reflection of the scope of the
Commission's work, particularly on the issue of possible conspiracy in the assassination.
It is a reality to be regretted that the Commission failed to live up to its promise” (United
The HSCA ultimately concluded: “on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John
F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy” (United States 261).
In fact, over the past forty-five years, thousands of books, articles, films, television
documentaries, and (more recently) internet websites have been dedicated to discovering the
“truth” behind one of the most controversial and intriguing political murder mysteries, often
dubbed “the crime of the [20th] century.” Not only has the official story has been completely
discredited by a mountain of multidisciplinary research of Everestian proportions, but also the
enduring debate has tended to focus more intensively on the nature, origins, and scope of the
assassination conspiracy A Gallup Poll,