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What can you learn from source B about the assassination of John F Kennedy?

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What can you learn from source B about the assassination of John F Kennedy? From source B we can learn many things about JFK's assassination. We learn that JFK was hit by 2 shots the second one killing him apparently hitting from the back, into his right temple. Source B also stated that 3 shots were fired from the sixth floor of the Texas schoolbook depository. The rifleman was named Lee Harvey Oswald. Source B declares the assassination weapon to be a Mannlincher - carcano rifle. Source B written by the Warren Commission states Oswald had no accomplices. To me this seems quite unbelievable. People who knew him in the marines said he had a 'Pathetic Shot.' The gun he apparently used would not be a weapon likely to be used in an assassination attempt, as it was such a poor weapon. I think source B is very unbelievable, as it was written by the Warren Commission, so therefore could be biased. How useful is Source A in supporting the View of Source B, that Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for the assassination of John F Kennedy? Source A support's source B as it shows Oswald's movements. Source A states that he was at the Schoolbook depository, as he was stopped by a policeman on the second floor of the building one minute after president Kennedy was shot. ...read more.


Source F doesn't really explain that Oswald acted alone. It states he was on the Fair Play for Cuba committee and he was interested in left wing politics. Source F is meant to look like a communist conspiracy because at the time Kennedy was thought to have won a political battle over the Cuban missile crisis. Study sources G, H, I and J How useful are these sources in providing information to support the view that Lee Harvey Oswald was not acting alone? These sources are useful in providing information that Oswald didn't act alone in the assassination of JFK. Source G shows eyewitness accounts contradict the Warren report. Jean Hill a schoolteacher said she heard 4-6 shots and there were different guns being fired, she knew this, as she was familiar to guns. Gordon Arnold a young soldier heard a shot come from behind him, as he was standing by grassy knoll. Source G is unreliable, as two witnesses contradicts one another. Bonnie Williams said he ate lunch on the sixth floor and left at 12:20, he recalls nobody being there. While watching the parade Arnold Williams said he saw a man holding a rifle with a telescopic sight at about 12:15 (on 6th floor). Arnold Williams statement seems suspicious as it should of alarmed him more. ...read more.


The warren commission was poorly done. The post-mortem done on JFK was done by hardly experienced pathologists, and seemed to change suspiciously (Doctors first believed fatal shot came from front. later changed to back.) I think the Warren commission although poorly done was designed well. I think the published version was made so that the average person wouldn't read it. The reason for this is that it had 13 volumes and probably wouldn't have made any sense. The witnesses accepted to be true contradict one another. This could have cleared Oswald's name. Source G states that Arnold Williams said he saw a man on the 6th floor at 12:15. While Carolyn Arnold said she saw Oswald eating his lunch on the 2nd floor at about 12:15. So how could Oswald get from the 6th to the 2nd floor in a matter of seconds? It seems impossible and could clear his name. The way JFK reacted to the shots infers that it came grassy knoll as he fell backwards and not forwards. If he had fallen forwards the shot might well have come from the depository, but I think it did come from grassy knoll. Also source J shows that grassy knoll would have the ideal assassination place. Because it had the easiest shot and a good escape route to the freeway. These are the reasons why I think warren commission's views are wrong and I'm not surprised that they caused controversy. Charles Webb ...read more.

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