November 22nd, 1963 – The Day They Shot Kennedy
A Brief Commentary by NAL publisher Doug Draper
Posted November 22nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large
“Murder will out,” says a line that goes back more than years to Shakespeare and more than three hundred years before that to Chancer’s ‘Cantebury Tales’.
Yet for countless millions of us who were around and old enough to remember where we were on November 22nd, 1963 when he heard the news that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, the truth of that line with respect to that crime has never been – and may never be – fully realized.
Lyndon B. Johnson, sworn in as president following Kennedy’s assassination, assembled what would come to be known as the Warren Commission to conduct an investigation and report on its findings which would boil down to the murderous deed being committed by a lone shooter named Lee Harvey Oswald.
Oswald, written off at the time as one of life’s lone losers looking to do something horrific to immortalized himself, insisted right up to the moment he was shot and killed in the basement of a Dallas police station by a man named Jack Ruby, who would also be painted as one of one of life’s lone losers, that he was just a “patsy” in the assassination of the president.
Mark Lane, an American lawyer who, for whatever reasons, made it his business to dog the Warren Commission with his own investigation, published a compelling book two years later called ‘Rush to Judgement’, which to this day, galvanized the view for, what polls have continued to show, for a majority of people that Oswald did not act alone.
Lane’s book burned in to the collective consciousness the term ‘grassy knoll’ for an elevated area behind a fence in Dallas’s Dealey Plaza where he made the case for a sniper’s nest where a second shooter fired the fatal bullet that shattered the top of Kennedy’s head.
I am not normally one for conspiracy theories, but I have never been able to get past all of the reported accounts of eyewitnesses in Dealey Plaza that day who claim they heard a shot coming from the direction of that grassy knoll and that amateur film produced by a bystander, Abraham Zapruder, that shows Kennedy being driven back in his seat, as if the bullet had come from the grassy knoll to the side and in front of him, rather than from the Texas School Book Depository building behind, where Oswald was said to be shooting from a sixth story window.
Then, in the 1970s, a U.S. congressional committee conducting another investigation of the assassinations of JFK, and his brother Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King in 1968, ran acoustic tests on a soundtrack of the shots in Dealey Plaza and concluded that, in all probability, there was a second assassin firing from the front of the presidential limousine.
At the risk of siding with Woody Allen on anything these days, I must admit that I completely embrace an old line he once used in a movie that he was “busy working on a non-fiction version of the Warren Commission report.”
“Murder will out?” On this one, committed 54 years ago this November 22nd and which may go down in history as a game changer for the beginning of the fall of America that seems so noticeable today, not from my point of view, and maybe never.
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