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Since the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, the public’s curiosity about the tragic event has continued to grow. Skepticism and questions have continuously been raised about the truth behind the assassination of JFK.
After a hasty investigation, the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, better known as the Warren Commission claimed that Kennedy was shot and killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. Still, not everyone is satisfied with the outcome of the conclusion and some still claim it was a conspiracy. In 1978, the House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations found that in addition to Oswald, there likely was a second gunman who fired at the president’s motorcade. Here are the top 5 conspiracies surrounding JFK’s untimely death.
The Cubans Did It
A well-known fact is that U.S. agents attempted to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro on several occasions, but Castro succeeded first.
Lyndon Johnson was quoted saying: “Kennedy was trying to get to Castro, but Castro got to him first,” Johnson told ABC News in 1968.
The Warren Commission and the House Committee on Assassinations claim that the Cubans had no part of the assassination and 1977 Castro himself said the theory was “absolute insanity.”
The Soviets Did It
Obvious suspects are the Soviets. The Cold War was in full swing and allegedly the Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was so humiliated by being forced down after the Cuban Missile Crisis that he ordered the hit on Kennedy.
Not to mention Oswald’s connection to the USSR. Despite being a former marine, he had a Russian wife named Marina who he had visited the Soviet Union with on two occasions.
But, it is said that the Warren Commission and the House Committee on Assassinations did not find much evidence supporting a Soviet-backed operation.
Lyndon Johnson Did It
Hmmm….Lyndon Johnson had obvious motives as he would be the man who became president after JFK was out of the way. The theory goes that Johnson received help from the CIA as well as wealthy tycoons who thought that they could gain more profit under Johnson.
One part of the theory is that Johnson was helped by another man who would eventually become President: George H.W. Bush, a CIA official who just so happened to be in Dallas on the day of the assassination.
The CIA Did It
Of course, most conspiracy theories somehow involve the government to some capacity. Most times it’s the CIA that gets blamed for inexplicable activities. This is due to the secretive nature of the Central Intelligence Agency and their reputation for political assassinations.
Specifically, the theory regarding the CIA suggests that Oswald was a one of their operatives whose FBI file was altered to make it appear that he was a communist and lone wolf. In the end, reports from 1978 state that there was no indication that Oswald “had ever had contact with the Agency.”
The Mafia Did it
It’s known that the CIA and Mafia families were in cahoots. The Mafia had it out for Fidel Castro, Cuba’s Communist leader in an attempt to move their business of casinos and other lucrative investments before the revolution. Thanks to Kennedy’s failed invasion of Bay of Pigs, any hopes of American organized crime returning to Cuba and infuriated the mafia.
In addition, the mob was not happy about Kennedy’s younger brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and hoped that his influence would be stopped in his brother was killed.
There are a few versions of this theory. One is that the CIA already had plans in place for the mob to kill Castro, and ended up wanting them to take care of Kennedy as well. Another idea is that anti-Castro Cubans were to pay the Mafia to kill Kennedy.
Adding to the tangled drama of the Mafia theory, Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner with known mafia connections, killed Lee Harvey Oswald just two days after being arrested.
In the end, the Mafia was dismissed as a suspect by the Warren Commission, but the House Committee on Assassinations did not rule out that individuals with mob ties were part of the plot.