It Was 53 Years Ago Today – The Day Kennedy Was Shot

‘With murder, the truth will out’ – Or will it?

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted November 22nd, 2016 on Niagara At Large

There was a time when you could say that just about everyone around could remember where they were on that day – 53 years ago this November 22nd in 1963 – that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was shot, and it was true.

An iimage from investigative lawyer Mark Lane's 1966 book 'Rush to Judgement', with then Texas Governor John Connally in the sights of a rifle (not Oswald's) in the front of the car, and President Kennedy in the rifle sights in the back seat, with his wife and First Lady Jackie Kennedy at his side.

An iimage from investigative lawyer Mark Lane’s 1966 book ‘Rush to Judgement’, with then Texas Governor John Connally in the sights of a rifle (not Oswald’s) in the front of the car, and President Kennedy in the rifle sights in the back seat, with his wife and First Lady Jackie Kennedy at his side.

Almost everyone did, and I did too. But I am in my 60s now and most of the people around these days are younger than me. For most of them, there is no living memory of that day and the Kennedy assassination is little more than a distant page in history.

Gone too is the strong feeling of many who were around then that Kennedy’s assassination remains one of the greatest unsolved crimes of the 20th century – one in which the powers-that-be at the time conspired to have us believe that the sole perpetrator was one loner and ex-marine named Lee Harvey Oswald with a cheap, mail order rifle and mediocre scores in marksmanship.

Fifty years ago this year, an American lawyer named Mark Lane, who died this past May, came out with a book called ‘Rush to Judgement’, a best seller at the time that, in my view to this day, used eye witness accounts of the assassination and mass of other evidence to successfully debunk the official conclusion of a presidential ‘Warren Commission; inquiry that Oswald acted alone.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie arrive in Dallas, Texas, November 22nd, 1963

U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie arrive in Dallas, Texas, November 22nd, 1963

Look no further than a film of the assassination, shot on a home movie camera by Dallas, Texas resident Abraham Zapruder. In less than one minute you can see Kennedy’s head falling forward from the first shot – Oswald was in a sixth-floor window behind him, then see his whole upper  body driven violently back in his seat when a final fatal shot all but took off the top of his head.

It is little wonder that nothing more than still frames of this film were made public for years after the assassination because when people finally see it in motion, it is impossible for anyone of sound mind (and divorced from those with an agenda to keep the single-assassin verdict intact) to believe that another shooter wasn’t in Dallas’s Dealey Plaza that day, firing that final, mortal head shot from a place in front.

To this day, though, another shooter has never been identified or found, which is not that unusual if, as many others, including myself, believe, this was a crime committed by professionals in organized crime.

I have often imagined that if someone gave me the opportunity to go back to one place in a time machine, I would choose to go back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963 to see if I could spot that other shooter, and do something to stop him from pulling the trigger, if at all possible.

But that, of course, is an impossible dream.

There is an old saying from Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’ that “murder cannot be hid long” – that “truth will out.”

But 53 years on, with most of the people who were around at the time gone, it is beginning to look that the truth will never out on this one.

All we have left are dog-eared copies of Mark Lane’s book, the words to the Byrds’ version of that old Bob Dylan song – “He was a friend of mind, his killing had no purpose, no reason, or rhyme, … he died in Dallas town. … – and the few horrific seconds in the Zapruder film.

Those seconds in the film are here if you want to click on and view them, keeping in mind that they are graphic and hard to watch

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6 responses to “It Was 53 Years Ago Today – The Day Kennedy Was Shot

  1. Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC Radio this morning interviewed Zapruder’s granddaughter about her new book on the subject, and it sheds a very different light on this completely, regarding the 23 seconds of the Zapruder film. It would be useful to try for the podcast.

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  2. No hospital burns X Rays.his X rays were destroyed within 5 minutes they were taken.They usually keep records of that for 25 years.

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  3. Human memory is, indeed, “strange”. I still remember that day – almost as if “it were yesterday”. One wonders why, for some of us, it still feels relevant. For me the question remains unanswered. I didn’t accept the findings of the Warren Commission. I recall a film released in the late ’60s which explored the subject, the findings and the odd “coincidental” demise of so many individuals connected in some way with the investigation. Conspiracy theory – who knows – I guess we never will.

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  4. I’m far from a conspiracy theorist but isn’t it amazing how many plots are covered up and only emerge decades later when all of the participants and those who remember the incidents are dead.

    A few examples. Churchill’s setting up of the Lusitania (off the Head of Kinsale), which was carrying munitions, knowing Americans would be killed and the US would likely enter WW1. Germany had even warned these ships were targets. Churchill diverted military ships from the area. He later was quoted saying “Any action that brings an ally into a war is justified”.

    Another would be Princess Diana. How on earth would a highly trained, ex-military body guard allow her to get into a car with a chauffeur who would be showing signs of being intoxicated or, if he was not intoxicated, were there other intentional actions? Also, why was the mantra of “scoop and run” with trauma victims not pursued and why was she taken to a hospital inadequate to care for her when a superior one was close by?

    During WW1 it has been revealed that industrialists exchanged rubber for the Germans and optics (gun sites, etc.) for Britain, which were scarce in their respective countries, actually lengthening the war.

    Kennedy had enemies in the mob who helped him get elected and some of them have revealed they were involved.

    How about the shooting down of the plane carrying UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjoeld on a peace mission to the Congo,blamed for decades on pilot error? Recently this has been proved as an act of aggression..

    Heaven forbid we, the little people should know the machinations of the mighty. We like mushrooms, are kept in the dark and fed BS because the elite assume we cannot handle the truth or would be justifiably outraged by it. To quote Agent Fox Mulder, “The truth is out there”, LOL.

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  5. Myself and a friend had skipped out of school that day and went to his house. Turning on his television just at the moment of the first announcement that President John F. Kennedy had been shoot.

    WOW… 53 years have gone by and I remember it like it was yesterday.

    53 years from the dreams of the Castle of Camelot to the Nightmare of the the Evil Emperor of Trump Towers!
    Oh… how far the world has fallen.

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  6. Certainly one of those notoriously hallmark moments where those of us who were on earth at the time remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when this shocking news came to our faculties, in a magnitude comparable to a modern era 9-11; albeit many more lives were lost in the latter catastrophe. (So perhaps not a very valid comparison, but in terms of shock value and marking the calendar, it certainly made the wind-knocking grade.) I was the only one, thanks to now being in my 60’s, to have made mention of this anniversary among my co-workers, most of whom are in their 40’s. I’m no walking history book, but such impacting occurrences do leave their impressions in the memory banks. It seems the 1960’s was the prime decade for “losses of innocence”, and in modern times the scale of atrocities has greatly expanded. People perhaps even become insensitive to repeated actions of abhorrent violence demonstrated by deviant groups, most notably ISIS, mainly because it’s in the news all the time. As we look back to the 1960’s, it seemed like there was an assassination every couple of weeks, so we witnessed a lot of televised funerals. JFK was followed by his brother Bobby, Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and others soon after, like the Kent State four. Tumultuous times, to say the least. The Warren Commission’s seal on the JFK assassination’s evidence seemed so futuristic, but now it’s also in the past, along with the food-for-thought movie by Oliver Stone. It may grow faint with the passage of time, but we should always remember, and hopefully mankind can learn from its dramatic indiscretions.

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