By Josie Kennedy and Kennedy Kostos
On November 22, 1963, the 54th president of the United States of America, was shot and killed. John F. Kennedy, was sitting backseat in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline, when the bullets entered his body. We know that he was shot twice: once in the head and once in the back. We also know that thirty minutes later, he died in Trauma Room 1, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. However, there’s one question that has been left unanswered. A question, that has caused great controversy, and is the reason why so many conspiracy theories have arisen. Ever since that tragic day more than 60 years ago, this question has lingered in the minds of many Americans: Who killed JFK?
The Lee Harvey Oswald Theory:
The most commonly believed theory is that former marine, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot and killed Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Hours after the shooting, Oswald shot police officer, J. D. Tippit. He was taken under arrest and was charged with the murder of Tippit and JFK. However, Oswald denied that he ever shot a bullet at the president and that he was only a “patsy”.
The Mafia/CIA Theory:
Members of America’s top ranked and trained spy-agency, the CIA, were allegedly spotted with known triggermen of the mafia at the scene of the incident. Shortly after the shooting, there’s no surprise that multiple CIA agents and members of the mafia, were taken into custody of the Dallas police. However, they were released soon after, for there wasn’t enough evidence to makes any charges. It has never been discovered why CIA agents and members of the mafia were at the scene, but it has continued to be suspicious. Some say that since Kennedy refused to take steps towards the overthrowing of cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, he angered both the CIA and the Mafia who supported his take-down.
The Lyndon B. Johnson Theory:
One theory states that the murderer responsible was in fact, Kennedy’s second-hand man: Lyndon B. Johnson. It is seen that since Kennedy had plans to replace Johnson as vice president, the lust for revenge would be almost irresistible for Johnson to overcome, resulting in the planned murder of the president. There is some evidence that points to this theory to be true. Apparently, Kennedy told his secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, three days before his assassination, that he was planning to replace Johnson as his vice president-a coincidental time-frame.
The “Umbrella Man” Theory:
On the day Kennedy was shot, there was a man dressed in all black, holding an umbrella above his head. This attire, was unusual for that day’s weather forecast: 70 degrees and sunny. Theory has it that this man was either signaling the shooting to begin, or that he had a hidden poison dart in his umbrella. It was also said that the place where he stood, seemed to be at the exact angle at which the bullet entered the President’s head. However, years later, the “umbrella man” also known as Louie Steven Witt, was interviewed. In that interview he claimed that he was protesting the Kennedy family’s relationship with the British Prime Minister during World War II, for he was associated with a black umbrella.