Fifty-Four Years Later, One Of 20th Century’s Most Notorious Murders Still Unresolved

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.

A frame from a film produced in Dealey Plaza by bystander  Abraham Zapruder, showing U.S. President John F. Kennedy already hit with his wife Jackie holding him, just before another shot blows the top of his head off.

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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4 responses to “Fifty-Four Years Later, One Of 20th Century’s Most Notorious Murders Still Unresolved

  1. From the rather recent “Death Bed” revelations of E. Howard Hunt (also known for his role in the Nixon era Watergate burglary), he stated that he was an active member of the CIA, and under the directive of this American Organization, was involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.
    Recent evidence from Medical Coroners) also seems to point to the fact that the bullet that killed Kennedy was fired from the grassy knoll, striking the President from the front.


  2. Hi Doug,

    I just happened to see this Fifth Estate episode on Sun. Nov. 17,2017.

    I’m sending the link to you directly after reading your article

    as I don’t know if links are allowed in “comments”?

    Thought you’d find it interesting. That day is seared in my mind forever.

    Warmest wishes



    The JFK Files : The Murder of a President – Episodes – The Fifth Estate More than five decades after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November, 1963, for many people there remain troubling questions about the official story: Was Lee Harvey Oswald the killer? Did he act alone or was it a conspiracy? Now, thousands of once-secret classified documents about the Kennedy assassination have finally been made public. Can those recently-released records explain the inexplicable — and what’s in the thousands of assassination records they still refuse to release? When The Fifth Estate first broadcast its investigation into the JFK assassination back in 1983, it was the most watched show in the program’s history. Now Bob McKeown updates that story, with new interviews with some of the leading investigators of the JFK mystery: what did they find in those files, and what questions do they still have?



  3. CBC doc won’t play! 😦


  4. Linda, if you click on the longest link (2 underlined lines below my name) ending in “murder-of-a-president”- this will take you to the Fifth Estate page and then automatically to the next page with the video photo. When you click on the play button in the center of the picture, the doc starts after a short ad plays for a few seconds.I tested this 3 times just now to make sure it works. It did.Hope this helps.


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