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The Assassination of President Kennedy 

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is examined through eye witness accounts, details of the original investigation, and films of the assassination itself. Also examined is the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.


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Episode credited cast:
Dean Andrews Dean Andrews ... Self (archive footage)
Paul Bentley Paul Bentley ... Self (archive footage)
Hale Boggs Hale Boggs ... Self (archive footage)
David Brinkley ... Self - NBC News (archive footage)
Vincent Bugliosi ... Self - Author (archive footage)
Phil Burleson ... Self - Jack Ruby Atty.
Robert A. Caro ... Self - Author
Johnny Carson ... Self (archive footage)
John Chancellor ... Self - NBC News (archive footage)
John Connally ... Self - Texas Governor (archive footage)
Nellie Connally ... Self - Texas First Lady (archive footage)
John Sherman Cooper John Sherman Cooper ... Self (archive footage)
Walter Cronkite ... Self - CBS News (archive footage)
David Crosby ... Self (archive footage)
Jesse E. Curry Jesse E. Curry ... Self - Dallas Police Chief (archive footage)


The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is examined through eye witness accounts, details of the original investigation, and films of the assassination itself. Also examined is the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.

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Disappointing Whitewash
14 November 2013 | by naught-mosesSee all my reviews

Virtually every logical fallacy I know of -- including selective elimination -- was used here to once again assure the school-trained and dulled that Lee Oswald was the sole shooter.

Look. I don't buy Garrison's or Prouty's or Ventura's or Stone's (or the other Stone's) or a lot of other peoples' "good ideas" about what happened in Dallas, either. But I do buy what my eyes can see on the film strip shot by Abe Zapruder from the grassy knoll. (Bugliosi's editing of it before the President's head jerks backwards was, well, perplexing.) As well as the means, motives and opportunities of the mob, the CIA, the Cuban freedom fighters, the far right crazies in Texas, etc.

And wonder about the four witnesses who all said Oswald was in the lunch room on the second floor when the shots were fired. And "downward and to the left." And those who heard more than three shots (including the Select Committee on the Assassinations in the House of Reps in '76). And the flawless (and bloodless) "magic bullet" that turned up on the empty gurney. And those who documented Jack Ruby's =long= history of connections to the mob. And Navy Dr. Hume's (and others') statement(s) that there was no brain in the skull when the body arrived at Bethesda... and no verification of who had done what to the body =before= it arrived there.

And. And. And.

Because there's a mountain of documents released via the Freedom of Information Act since 1966 that demonstrate that the Warren Commission Report selectively ignored hundreds of pages of deposed material from eye witnesses who later asked, "Why?"

A lot of people had a lot to gain with Kennedy out of the picture. That does not mean that they did anything to advance their interests, but where there is smoke, fires often burn... regardless of efforts to just plain ignore them.

That he was a (rather moderate by current standards, cold war) Democrat has no bearing on my questions. Not when I know whose son it was who put a hole in Ronald Reagan a mere nine weeks into his first term. Nor why it might be that two different people tried to knock Jerry Ford off.

The "psychotic lone assassin" notion has been around since the days of the pharaohs. And in many cases, a single whacko may have been the doer of the deed in question. But that does not mean such is always the case. Nor that when one has been documented as having been in regular contact with the CIA station chief in New Orleans though waving "Fair Play for Cuba" pamphlets is necessarily one thing or another. But it does make one wonder.

The most reasonable question one hears about the conspiracy theories regards the extent thereof. I for one don't think any of the possible assassination conspiracies could have been very extensive, and strongly question Prouty's, Garrison's and Stone's suggestions of a cast of thousands (please). But we do know -- via FOIA documents -- that Murder Inc. was still up and running in 1963, and that the CIA, as well as the "syndicate" were making contracts with them at the time.

I would simply like to see a presentation that was neither so riddled with holes as Prouty's and Stone's, nor as door-slamming as this and the cheesy TV movie on Murdoch's National Geographic Channel.

But after a half century, I'm not holding my breath.

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12 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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