JFK assassination theories are a national pastime. Yet the JFK assassination itself is the only unquestionable thing that happened to President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. No matter who did it, the President of the United States was murdered on the Grassy Knoll in a nation-changing event. It is regarded as the day America lost its national innocence, and as perhaps the first domino to fall for the nation as a whole. In that regard, the effects of the Kennedy assassination are still being felt 47 years later.
In the early morning of Nov. 22, 1963, President Kennedy was making a regular trip to Dallas. He was set to win re-election the next year, and had just helped prevent nuclear war with the Soviets the previous year. New hope was starting to take shape – until the shots rang out.
After that, the JFK assassination became legendary for being unclear and mysterious. To this day, no one can agree how many shots were taken, how many bullets hit the President and where, and how many assassins did the job. The official version still has Lee Harvey Oswald as the only shooter, days before Jack Ruby took him out.
The death of Kennedy lifted Lyndon B. Johnson into the Oval Office, which started a chain reaction of major events. The Vietnam War escalated under Johnson, leading to the Nixon administration, and all the turmoil that era brought. After Presidents Ford and Carter couldn’t turn things around, the Reagan/Bush era of conservatism was formed, with all of the turmoil that era brought.
To a lot of people, none of that chaos would have happened without the JFK assassination to kick it off. The theory is that if Kennedy would have survived, he and his brother would have brought peace in Vietnam, the Cold War, and on the home front. Therefore, the theory goes that President Kennedy was taken out by practically every rich man, politician, general, mobster, and anti-Castro fanatic in America.
Almost five decades later, people are making up new theories, and damming accusations, about what happened that day. Oliver Stone’s JFK was the definitive movie on the subject, although Leonardo DiCaprio just announced he will be making a film of his own soon. His theory appears to be that mob kingpin Carlos Marcello was the mastermind.
The suspects behind the JFK assassination have been varied, and far outnumber Lee Harvey Oswald. By the time the next 47 years go by, the list could be doubled or tripled. Of course, there will still likely be those in 2057 who believe the real truth has been suppressed.
MSNBC.com- “47’th anniversary of JFK’s assassination”
Washington Post- “Leonardo DiCaprio to produce and star in JFK assassination movie”