Wednesday, February 2, 2011

JFK assassination mystery- who killed JFK?

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America, visited Dallas (Texas) on November 22, 1963, during his electoral battle tour in the south of the States. On his arrival at 1140 hours, he was warmly welcomed by the people of Dallas. Kennedy, Governor John Connally and their wives sat down in the limousine of the President which led the motorcade through the town.

When the motorcade arrived in Dealey Plaza at 1230 hours, it turned right from Main to Houston Street and just seconds later it took the 120 degree turn into Elm Street passing the Schoolbook Depository Building. Just when the limousine passed the Stemmons Freeway sign, Mrs. Connally heard a kind of gunshots. When she turned looking at the President, she saw him taking his hand to his throat covering a shooting wound. The next second Governor Connally felt an ache in his back which he recognized as a shot. He later said:
...there were either two or three people involved or more in this or someone was shooting with an automatic rifle.

Just seconds later he could hear the third shot. Mrs. Kennedy who then believed she listened to firecrackers from the motorcade, heard this moment "terrible noises" and turned to Kennedy. She saw her husband being wounded by a headshot. This was the last and final, fatal shot at Dealey Plaza.

Zapruder frame 335: The fatal head shot

The reaction of the Secret Service Agents was quite slow. 45 minutes later, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in charge of murder to police officer J.D. Tippit. After hours of interrogation where no lawyer was present and no protocol was made, Oswald was accused of murder to John F. Kennedy. On November 24, 1963, a Sunday morning, he was supposed to be handed over to the State Prison. In the garage of the police building, he was shot by Jack Ruby in front of hundreds of journalists and millions of TV watchers.

 The Warren Commission (constituted one week later) declared after months of investigation:
  1. Lee Harvey Oswald was the only assassin and acted on his own.
  2. He shot from the 6th floor of the Schoolbook Depository Building which was behind the President's limousine at the time of the assassination.
  3. He used the found Italian Mannlicher-Carcano rifle.
  4. Oswald shot police officer Tippit.
The crowd of witnesses in Dealey plaza saw things differently from this official version of the Warren Commission:
  1. Many witnesses reported that shots were fired from the Grassy Knoll, not the Texas School Book Depository
  2. Witnesses stated that a cloud of smoke was visible in the area of the Grassy Knoll
  3. Even before the motorcade arrived, men with rifles were seen by people in downtown Dallas
Adding to these contradictory evidences, there were few mysterious person spotted at the location where the nightmare took place, e.g: The Barbushka Lady, The Umbrella Man, The Dark Complected Man. Could they be also linked to the incident?

The Barbushka lady

During the analysis of the film footage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, a mysterious woman was spotted. She was wearing a brown overcoat and a scarf on her head (the scarf is the reason for her name as she wore it in a similar style to Russian grandmothers – also called babushkas). The woman appeared to be holding something in front of her face which is believed to be a camera. She appears in many photos of the scene. Even after the shooting when most people had fled the area, she remained in place and continued to film. Shortly after that,  she was seen moving away to the East up Elm Street. The FBI publically requested that the woman come forward and give them the footage she shot but she never did. In 1970 a woman called Beverly Oliver came forward and claimed to be the Babushka Woman, though her story contains many inconsistencies. She is generally regarded as a fraud. To this day, no one knows who the Babushka Woman is or what she was doing there. More unusual is her refusal to come forward to offer her evidence.

The Umbrella Man and the Dark-Complected Man

Apart from that, one of the most known evidences is the film which Abraham Zapruder took directly next from the Grassy Knoll that day. It shows the assassination in full length. There, one can also see the opened umbrella of the Umbrella Man despite the shining sun and cloudless sky. More photos show two suspicious men behind the fence at the Grassy Knoll - one with a rifle - who have been called "Black Dog Man" and "Badge Man" because of the unknown identity. The Warren Commission never mentioned these men and never made any effort to find them.

Researcher Robert Cutler claimed that the umbrella may have been a dart-firing weapon. This is supported by the testimony of a CIA weapons developer in 1975. He told the Senate's Intelligence Committee that such an umbrella was in use in 1963. He described the weapon as looking like an umbrella. He explained the dart gun was silently operating and fired through the webbing when the umbrella was opened.

None of these theories is approved or confirmed. But the actions of Umbrella and Dark-complected man are. While almost everyone in Dealey Plaza was reacting to the assassination by either falling to the ground or moving towards Grassy Knoll, both men sat down on the sidewalk of Elm Street. In this situation, several photographs indicate that the dark-complected man talked into a radio. Jim Towner made a photograph where an antenna - or better an antenna-like device - can be seen jutting out from behind the man's head and his hands holding an object to his face. Just moments later, they both got up and walked away - each in another direction: Dark-complected man went toward the. Triple Underpass while Umbrella man was walking towards the Schoolbook Depository. Both men still remain in mystery among the people of Dealey Plaza.

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