Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kennedy conspiracy theories

With the 50th anniversary of the John Kennedy assassination approaching, there are plenty of new books and articles about who killed the U.S. president. Here are a couple of relatively conservative pieces I noticed.

Fresh Air interviewed journalist Philip Shenon about his book, A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination. Shenon's thesis, apparently well backed up by the evidence, is that the Warren Commission thoroughly botched its investigation. Many investigators were blocked from pursuing promising leads by Earl Warren, he says. Shenon wonders why contacts between Oswald and others weren't pursued more thoroughly. He doubts the theory about a second gunman on the grassy knoll, however. There were other people there, and it's odd that they didn't notice anyone firing a rifle, he says. The podcast and interview highlights are here. 

In a related vein, John Kerry also wonders why those contacts betwee n Oswald and others weren't pursued more thoroughly. (Hat tip, Daily Grail's very useful daily links.)

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