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The Assassination of JFK

The assassination of John F. Kennedy has piqued the curiosity of millions across America for decades. At first America banded together in one of the nation's most tragic events ever. However the case that was never closed provoked curiosity. Curiosity led to ideas, and those ideas led to a conspiracy theory. The facts prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president and furthermore they prove that he more than likely did not work alone.

To learn about his assassination, one must first understand the kind of person JFK was. JFK was a democratic president during the Civil Rights Era. Daniel Sparks, an American citizen who was very young during the JFK presidency, remembers JFK as an advocate of civil rights but was not nearly the strongest Civil Rights president.

Sparks contends that you could cut the racial tension with a knife during this time period, however he believes that Kennedy's policies were not intense enough to provoke an assassination by even the most bigoted of southerners. JFK was not very aggressive on civil rights. He did not get emotional about the issue because he relied on southern democrats for many votes. The President instead opted to use his executive powers in an "actions speak louder than words" approach. The notion that Lee Harvey Oswald murdered the president because he was bigot against civil rights holds very little water when you consider other possibilities.

JFK also had a "playboy image." He was known for having a relationship with American icon Marilyn Monroe and a friendship with entertainer Frank Sinatra. The media enjoyed playing off this image and his charisma was something that all politicians coveted.

Another one of JFK's personality traits Sparks recalls is that he loves being in control. If something was not right JFK wanted to be the one to fix it. Sparks believed that it was this admirable trait that may have gotten JFK killed. JFK wanted to fix the Central Intelligence Agency after the "Bay of Pigs" scandal embarrassed the United States.

The Bay of Pigs was, in short, a plan to over throw the Cuban government and it's leader. The CIA would take Cuban exiles under their wing, train them military style until they were ready for action. When they were ready they were suppose to spark a revolution, destroy the Cuban government, kill Castro and implement a new noncommunist government. The plan was a failure after the exiles failed to gain support around the country. Castro's army quickly halted the exiles on the island of Havana where 90 exiles were killed and the rest were taken prisoner. Thanks to the American weapons the world knew what was going on. The blame was put squarely on JFK for not providing Cuban exiles with enough training and financial support or enough weapons.

Sparks believed that President Kennedy wanted to completely annihilate the CIA and start up a new intelligence agency. At the time the CIA may have been secretly the most powerful branch in our government and undoubtedly had the resources to pull off an assassination. If they did not want their entire operation to go under then their only option would be to eliminate the president before the president could eliminate the CIA. Before one jumps to a conclusion like that the facts that are already open must be examined.

The president was riding in a convertible in Dallas, Texas in an entourage that included his wife and the governor of Texas. Shots rang out at about 12:30 p.m. and both the president and governor were wounded. The car sped up to the local hospital where the president was pronounced dead at 1p.m.

Nearly a half hour later police found a rifle that they proved was the gun that killed the president. It had the hand prints of Lee Harvey Oswald on them. Two days later before Oswald ever had a chance for his day in court or to really talk much at all, he was murdered by Jack Ruby. Ruby claimed he did this to save the First Lady the grief of having to go through a trial.

Sparks believes that it is very plausible that the CIA was connected to Oswald. After the CIA had Oswald kill JFK, they made sure that Oswald was killed before anything could go to trial. This would ensure less facts about the case were ever brought up. Meanwhile, many embraced Ruby has a patriotic American who killed Oswald out of love for his country and love for the president's family.

However, Sparks believes to a lesser extent that the mafia may have had much to do with the assassination. Much has to be assumed as truth to accept this theory. Sparks believes that it is possible that President Kennedy wanted the mafia to assassinate Castro. When the Bay of Pigs was a failure information would be leaked out about the mob since they were no longer of use to the president. Sparks has heard much about Ruby having "dirty ties" to the mafia. He thinks this theory is credible because Ruby is linked to both the mafia and Oswald. Sparks contends that even if the government wanted the mafia to kill Castro they would not go to such great lengths to cover up an assassination to save a bunch of criminals which makes this theory less likely compared to the CIA theory.

Sparks' most fascinating idea, although by no means "his idea", was "The magic bullet theory." Sparks believes that anyone can come up with half witted conspiracies but there has to be some facts to back them up. He believes that this theory contains facts that can be proven with further investigation.

It is believed that Oswald had enough time for only three shots and so he fired only three. The first shot completely



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