What Really Happened? JFK’s Assassination Theory

October 25, 2017

This is just a theory as to what may have really happened on that infamous day in 1963. On Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. CST, John F. Kennedy was shot twice while riding in a open limousine in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas at the Dealey Plaza. He was apparently shot first from behind and the bullet went through his neck. He was then shot again in the side of the head. At 1 p.m. in the emergency room, JFK was pronounced dead. Also in the car was Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie, Agent Bill Greer, SAIC Roy Kellerman, and Jackie Kennedy. The first thing that came across weird was how the bullet that went through JFK’s neck also entered Governor John Connally, it striking his shoulder then exited into his wrist then his thigh — just one bullet. All bullets were said to come from the Texas School Book Depository and the supposed shooter was named Lee Harvey Oswald, who was originally arrested for the murder of a Dallas police officer who died from being shot just 45 minutes after Kennedy. So the authorities thought this gave a solid reason to believe that he may have had something to do with JFK’s assassination, so they arrested Oswald. He was in questioning for 12 hours. That may not seem like a big deal, but during those 12 hours there was no notes, no recordings, nothing at all taken from that interrogation. Which has become a pretty standard procedure in the justice system. Now even 19 states have mandated that the whole interrogation be recorded. Just two days after he was arrested, Oswald was being transported from a city jail to a county jail when Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner, fatally shot him. That was in full view of cameras that were broadcasting live. Lee Harvey Oswald was a U.S. Marine who had been honorably discharged. Scoring slightly above the requirements for the designation of sharpshooter, the second lowest grade of marksmanship one can earn, he then later scored a lower score and was downgraded to a marksman, which is the lowest. So all in all, he didn’t have great skills at handling firearms. He was court-martialed after accidentally shooting himself in the elbow with an unauthorized handgun. He was demoted from private first class to private and was later court-martialed again for inexplicably firing his rifle into the jungle while on night duty in the Philippines. If he was exceptionally good at handling guns, he would have been ranked much higher than he had been. Take into account, that the gun used was a Mannlicher-Carcano surplus Italian military rifle with a scope, which means that Oswald would’ve had to reposition the gun after each shot (he shot three bullets) because of the scope and the moving motorcade. But all of the shots were within six seconds of each other, so he wouldn’t have had time, especially with his firearm skills, which leads up to the next thing; the placement of Oswald when he supposedly shot JFK. There have been countless witnesses that say that they saw the first bullet come at Kennedy from the front, which would have been basically impossible for Oswald to shoot because he was placed in the wrong angle to hit him from the front. To further investigate, a group of experts were hired to recreate the assassination and they couldn’t do it because the shots are virtually impossible to make from where Oswald was and his experience/knowledge with guns and the type of gun he supposedly used. Also, the car that Kennedy was shot in, just three days later was cleaned and fixed before forensics could even look through it for evidence. After Oswald was killed, when his body was in the morgue, the FBI actually came to the morgue and spent hours there. Then about an hour after they left, the police proclaimed that Oswald’s fingerprints were on the gun. To be continued ... Bailee Jones is a senior at Tunkhannock Area High School. Student columns are published Wednesdays during the school year. Bailee Jones Tunkhannock Area S.D. news