The JFK Assassination

TIME

File photo dated 27/06/1963 of US President John F. Kennedy acknowledging the cheers of the crowd when he visits New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland as the world marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday November 17, 2013. See PA HISTORY Kennedy stories. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

This much we can stipulate: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, struck by two bullets — one in the head, one in the neck — while riding in an open-topped limo through Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

John F Kennedy et Jackie Kennedy (portant un tailleur Chanel rose) dans la Lincoln Continental dans laquelle le president americain va etre assassine quelques secondes plus tard a Dallas le 22 novembre 1963, extrait du documentaire WHERE WERE YOU ? — John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy (wearing strawberry-pink Chanel) suit in the Lincoln Continental where american president is going to be killed in Dallas on november 22, 1963, documentary WHERE WERE YOU ?

Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with killing him, and a presidential commission headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren found that Oswald acted alone.

That conclusion hasn’t passed muster with the public.

A 2003 ABC News poll found that 70% of Americans believe Kennedy’s death was the result of a broader plot.

The trajectory of the bullets, some say, didn’t square with Oswald’s perch on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Others suggest a second gunman — perhaps on the grassy knoll of Dealey Plaza — participated in the shooting. Others believe in an even broader conspiracy.

Was Kennedy killed by CIA agents acting either out of anger over the Bay of Pigs or at the behest of Vice President Lyndon Johnson? By KGB operatives? Mobsters mad at Kennedy’s brother for initiating the prosecution of organized crime rings? Speculation over one of history’s most famous political assassinations is such a popular parlor game that most people have taken the rumors to heart: just 32% of those polled by ABC believe Oswald carried out the killing on his own.