It seems difficult to talk about November 22nd without thinking of November 22nd, 1963, and very difficult to think of November 22nd, 1963 without mentioning the John F. Kennedy assassination, and almost impossible to mention the assassination without bringing rise to the conspiracy theories. Starting right out in 1963, polls revealed that 52% of the U.S. population believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was not the only one involved in the killing. In 2013, polls reveal that number has increased to 61%. (It’s peak was around the years 1976 and the early 2000s, in which 81% did not believe in the single-shooter theory.) The United States House Select Committee on Assassinations stated that they believed there to be a conspiracy involved. This was not the only conspiracy created. I tried researching to see if there was a list of all the conspiracy theories. There are at least twenty established conspiracy theories that I found, but researchers who have dedicated far more energy and time than I have into this case, like author Vincent Bugliosi, have linked roughly 42 groups, 82 assassins, and 214 possible suspects involved. Of course, these are just figures that might have been involved. Theories that deal with why such figures were possibly involved might stretch on to infinity.
It would make a difficult argument to suggest that the public has not been fascinated with the JFK assassination. Over twenty films and 2,000 books have been created on the subject. The amount of TV programs and specials may very well equal or top the amount of books written. (Or, that is, I haven’t found a list that names all of the programs about the JFK assassination, since that would require starting in 1963 and tracking fifty years worth of television. Just for the month of November, I found a list of 37 programs on major networks that have aired or plan to air specials about JFK.) YouTube shows 1,090,000 results for “jfk assassination” and Google, not to be beat, has 294,000,000 results.
It seems obvious to suggest that part of the fascination with the Kennedy case is that, by many accounts, it is unsolved. To only suggest that the Kennedy case is relevant because it is unsolved would be an insult to the legacy that John F. Kennedy left. For better or worse, his presidency was significant at the time of election and afterwards (whether or not you agree with the choices he made in office is a different thing). In the American culture, Kennedy and his assassination have been firmly planted in history. On a personal note, though, I am curious as to what you, the reader, think about the case. This is a question for people from all countries and cultures. If you were alive at the time of the assassination, what did it mean to you then? What does the assassination mean to you now?
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