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In this essay I will discuss the conclusions of the Warren report and evidence which supports the statement, "President Kennedy was murdered by a single gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, using a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle." The Warren report states that President Kennedy was killed by a lone assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald who shot three shots from the Texas School Book Depositary using his Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. The evidence that supports that Oswald killed President Kennedy is the palm print found on the Texas School Book Depositary's sixth floor, the ownership of the murder weapon and the psychological state of Oswald. In this essay I will also discuss the evidence that doesn't support the above statement. The evidence to prove this is the Zapruder film, the condition of the murder weapon and different conspiracy theories. This essay will provide a detailed conclusion on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with final words on the assassin. The Warren Commission states that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy using a Mannlicher-Carcano. The Warren report found evidence to support the statement mentioned above. A handmade wrapping paper bag had been found in the southeast corner of the sixth floor, this was not a standard bag and could not have been found in a shop. ...read more.


This shows to what extents Oswald could reach when he faced an emotional crisis and had few options available. It has to be taken into consideration that the atmosphere of Dallas could have influenced Oswald. The main things that could have influenced Oswald were the anti-Kennedy newspaper advertisements and the distribution of handbills during President Kennedy's visit. The influence of Dallas could have been a major cause for Oswald's actions on 22nd November 1963. The Zapruder film was filmed by Abraham Zapruder. It is the only film of the whole assassination of President Kennedy. The Zapruder film shows the rear of the president's head getting dislocated from the rest of the body. This suggests the bullet must have entered from the front since bullets need a larger space to exit. From the film we can also see that Kennedy moves backwards violently after the fatal head shot. Normally your body would move in the direction of the bullet, so Kenney must have been shot from his front (possibly from the grassy knoll). If the bullet was shot from the front, the Warren Report must be wrong. This is because the Warren Report states that the shots on JFK were shot from the Texas School Book Depository which was behind JFK's motorcade when he was shot, which meant the front of the President's head should have been dislocated. ...read more.


Believers initially included Lyndon Johnson in this theory. The "FBI theory" states that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover knew that Kennedy would replace him after his 70th birthday but Lyndon Johnson would exempt his retirement. The theory says, Hoover knew of assassination plans but did nothing to stop it, or ordered Oswald to kill JFK. The evidence covered in this essay suggests it was possible for Lee Harvey Oswald to assassinate President Kennedy. The position of cartons in the Texas School Book Depositary, the statements of eyewitness' who saw Oswald handle the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle before the assassination, tells us that Lee Harvey Oswald could have killed Kennedy. There is also evidence to prove Oswald didn't kill President Kennedy. The evidence for this is that the gun had a defective bolt which meant the shots took longer to fire, the telescopic sight was not in the correct position which means the shots were inaccurate. On the basis of the evidence I conclude that Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy with a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. Although, I believe the magic bullet theory was wrong because it is not possible for a bullet to turn at that speed and cause seven wounds without being damaged. ?? ?? ?? ?? The Assassination of JFK Pranay Girdhar - 1 - 9G ...read more.

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