Tomorrow, Friday November 22, will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
I, like many other people, have always been intrigued by the mythologies surrounding the assassination. I’m a Texas-girl, born and reared in a Dallas suburb. Growing up, my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles would share their stories of where they were on that fateful day… my mother, 19, was in class at the local college; my grandmother, a school teacher, learned of the news at school and was charged with offering solace and comfort to her students; my grandfather was working in Dallas on November 22, he was heading toward the Trade Mart in hopes of catching sight of the President when the news came across the radio.
As a young adult I became more and more intrigued with the assassination and the conspiracies surrounding it. I read lots, romanticized the sites relevant to the assassination, and even once visited Oswald’s gravesite. My intrigue has faded somewhat and now I mostly assist library patrons looking for information about the assassination; patrons who might possibly be the ones that ultimately crack the code and expose the conspiracies.
Was Oswald the lone gunman? The evidence seems to say yes. Did he act alone? We may never know and it seems at this 50th anniversary the world is not yet done speculating.
Here are my 2 favorite fictional accounts of the Kennedy assassination and the accused assassin:
Here are a few sites offering more history of the Assassination and the Warren Commission Report which concluded Oswald was the assassin and acted alone.
Dallas Police Department John F. Kennedy Document Collection at the Portal to Texas History: The John F. Kennedy/Dallas Police Department Collection contains 11,406 documents and photographs, including homicide reports, affidavits, witness statements, newspaper clippings and correspondence.
The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection at the National Archives: The Collection consists of more than 5 million pages of assassination-related records, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings and artifacts (approximately 2,000 cubic feet of records). Most of the records are open for research.
JFK in History: November 22, 1963 from the Kennedy Presidential Library
Warren Commission Report: established by President Lyndon B. Johnson November 29, 1963 to investigate the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy that had taken place on November 22, 1963.
Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives from the National Archives: established in 1976 to investigate the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Committee investigated until 1978 and issued its final report, and concluded that Kennedy was very likely assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.