It’s been nearly 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. In 1964, the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known as the Warren Commission, published findings that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he shot JFK.
But some aren’t convinced the Warren Commission made the right call. Lackland H. Bloom Jr. (pictured), a professor at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, offers up seven reasons why people doubt the findings of the Warren Commission.
1. They harbor extreme distrust of government.
2. They question whether all the evidence is in.
3. Many people haven’t looked into it themselves.
4. A lot of misinformation and disinformation circulates.
5. People like historical mysteries.
6. This was “truly a weird series of events,” says Bloom. For instance, Oswald worked at the Texas Book Depository, which was on JFK’s motorcade route.
7. Oswald also had a “very strange résumé.” He defected to Russia, returned to the United States and traveled to Mexico City in 1963 in an apparent effort to obtain a visa for Cuba.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys