On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot while riding through Dallas in an open-top convertible at approximately 12:30 p.m. Thirty minutes later he was pronounced dead at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital.
Of course, everyone knows the “official” story. Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine and communist sympathizer who had tried unsuccessfully to become a citizen of the Soviet Union and had married a Russian woman, shot Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building with a Mannlicher-Carcano Italian military rifle fitted with a scope. Oswald was captured and arrested in a movie theater about 30 minutes after shooting a police officer who had stopped to question him. The arrest occurred less than 90 minutes after the Kennedy shooting.
Two days later, while being moved from the Dallas County Jail to a more secure jail, Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby. Ruby died of lung cancer in a Dallas hospital some three and a half years later.
The official Warren Commission report of 1964 concluded that neither Oswald nor Ruby were part of a larger conspiracy, either domestic or international, to assassinate Kennedy. But the report did little to assuage those who believed Oswald either did not act alone or was in fact a patsy and did not actually kill Kennedy.
While no definitive “proof” of a wider conspiracy has been uncovered in the 48 years since Kennedy was gunned down, there is a lot of evidence that points to one. And it’s more than likely that Oswald was nothing more than the patsy he claimed to be in the hours after the shooting.
Peter Dale Scott, in his book, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, goes into great detail connecting the links between Ruby, Oswald, anti-Castro groups, the mafia, labor unions, the horse racing wire service wars, casinos — both in Cuba and U.S. — and two large banana importing companies: United Fruit and Standard Fruit & Steamship. These people and corporations figured prominently in the deep politics of the U.S. and of several Latin American countries in the early 1960s.
Scott’s book is one of many on the subject, and there will likely be more books and articles as the 50th anniversary of the killing approaches.
Scott covers the CIA activities that were in place — seemingly at least — to set up Oswald long before the assassination took place. And he reports on Oswald’s possible links to the CIA or FBI as an undercover operative or informant, particularly regarding his activities in and around New Orleans. And not neglected is the way the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations overlooked, ignored or just plain covered up many leads that could have named the assassins and those involved in the conspiracy. And FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover also played a role in the cover-up.
So who killed JFK? Someone or someones in government didn’t want anyone to ever know, and they’ve done a good job so far of protecting their secret.