Nothing new on JFK in 50 Years

By: Roger Sheppard
By: Roger Sheppard

As anniversary of assassination approaches, old stories re-emerge

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is coming up on November 22nd. If you didn’t already know that, a visit to the local grocery store or drug store would make that painfully clear. There are a number of tabloids out there now trying to capitalize on that calendar event. At least one is claiming to have clear evidence of a second gunman. It doesn't. Another un-ashamedly has a grisly autopsy photo of JFK on its cover. The industry that is built upon Kennedy’s death continues to rake in money. My recommendation: If you really want to know what happened in and around the 1963 murder, read Vincent Bugliosi’s book ”Reclaiming History” or even Bill O’Reilley’s book, “Killing Kennedy.” It is popular to believe that the killing was the work of a lot of disgruntled people, inside and outside the government. But after 50 years, you would have thought that SOME shred of hard evidence would have emerged. It hasn’t. It’s a theory that can never be totally quashed, because it feeds into people’s need to believe that this trauma could not have been caused by one lowly mis-creant, like Lee Harvey Oswald. Those who want to believe in the conspiracy will now believe that I’m somehow a part of the massive cover-up. I’m not. They’re the people who have made an entire career off of selling this theory, as Bugliosi recounts. They line the streets outside the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, from whose top floor window Oswald fired the fatal shots. And I would bet 50 years from now, someone will still be trying to sell books about a conspiracy. The only thing I find difficult to believe, is that it’s been 50 years. Where did the time go?
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