‘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.
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.
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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