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Coursework on the Kennedy Assassination

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Coursework on the Kennedy Assassination President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, commonly called the Warren Commission, by Executive Order (E.O. 11130) on November 29, 1963. Its purpose was to investigate the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963, at Dallas, Texas. President Johnson directed the Commission to evaluate matters relating to the assassination and the subsequent killing of the alleged assassin, and to report its findings and conclusions to him. The following members served on the Commission: * Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States, former Governor and attorney general of California, Chair; * Richard B. Russell, Democratic Senator from Georgia and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, former Governor of Georgia, and county attorney in that State; * John Sherman Cooper, Republican Senator from Kentucky, former county and circuit judge in Kentucky, and United States Ambassador to India; * Hale Boggs, Democratic Representative from Louisiana and majority whip in the House of Representatives; * Gerald R. Ford, Republican Representative from Michigan and chairman of the House Republican Conference; * Allen W. ...read more.

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Kennedy was a Capitalist, hence, giving Oswald a motive. He trained as a Marksman while serving in the marines from 1956-1959. 2. He spent two and a half years as a defector (1959-1962) in the U.S.S.R. 3. He had been involved with Pro-Castro groups when he returned to the U.S.A in 1962. 4. He had ordered the murder rifle and a handgun through a post office box under the alias A. Hidel. 5. There was a photograph of Oswald with the rifle and revolver (see next page). 6. He had used the rifle in an unsuccessful attempt to kill a right-wing general, Edwin Walker, in April 1963 (the year in which The Oswald family moved from Fort Worth to New Orleans); hence proving that he was capable of murder. 7. Oswald was known to have had personal difficulties. His marriage to Marina, nee Marina Prusakova, was failing. He had a series of dead end jobs. Neither the U.S.S.R. nor Castro's Cuba wanted him. 8. Oswald began work in the depository only five weeks before the murder on the 16th October. ...read more.

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However, it is also important to remember that Oswald's murder on the 24th November meant that no-one was ever tried for killing Kennedy. The F.B.I's powerful case was never tested in court. 15. Due to the fact that there was only time (using the Zaprvder film for reference) for Oswald to have fired three shots over eight seconds from the Texas Schoolbook Depository; the Warren Report supported "the Single Bullet Theory". Kennedy and Connolly were hit simultaneously. Either they were hit by the same bullet or they were shot by different gunmen. In conclusion, it is believed that the first shot fired missed. The second shot, fired three seconds later, went through Kennedy's neck, exited at his throat, deflected off Connolly's ribs, fractured his wrist and wounded his thigh. The same bullet was then found, relatively intact, on a stretcher in Parkland Hospital. The third shot, four seconds later, hit the back of Kennedy's head, causing a fatal wound. If this is true, then there could not have been a "Grassy Knoll" gunman, ruling out the possibility of a conspiracy and meaning that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting on his own, assassinated President Kennedy. Assignment one Nicola Maxwell ...read more.

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