Conspiracy Theories and You! – The John F Kennedy Assassination

Today marks forty-six years since John F Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. He was either killed by a single gunman with serious mental issues and weapons training who got very, very lucky, or by (as Wikipedia puts it), “the CIA, the KGB, the American Mafia, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, former Vice President Richard Nixon, sitting Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, anti-Castro Cuban exile groups, the Federal Reserve, the military-industrial complex, representatives of Big Business, or some combination of those entities and individuals.” None of these include my personal favorite; the explanation given in the TV show Red Dwarf.

The idea that Kennedy was assassinated as part of a larger conspiracy is one that’s very popular. People don’t want to accept that one single person could’ve killed the president; especially not someone as young and handsome and popular as JFK. They’d much rather believe Kennedy was killed by a huge group of faceless Them, because we all know They won’t stop at anything to rule the world!

Why does this make me think of the Birthers and Teabaggers out there?

There’s no real evidence that supports this notion. All the evidence, from ballistics on down, points to Oswald shooting Kennedy. But as we’ve seen with other articles in this series, reality does not play a role in conspiracy theories.

I suppose it’s possible that Kennedy might’ve been killed under orders from one of the various groups or people listed above, but there is just no evidence. Yes, there’s been assassination conspiracies before, most notably against Lincoln, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here.

I can understand the desire to believe in this particular theory. After all, if it was a conspiracy then that means that at least someone, somewhere, is in charge of things and random events like Oswald getting lucky don’t happen. But the reality is that they do.

Hopefully in the future people will start ignoring the evidence-lacking conspiracies and just pay attention to the facts and the science in the case. For some reason, though, I’m not holding my breath.

For them as wants an entertaining, scientifically accurate, takedown of this as well as a couple other conspiracy theories, check Penn & Teller – Bullshit – The Complete Third Season. They’ve a great episode in there dealing with it!


One Response to “Conspiracy Theories and You! – The John F Kennedy Assassination”

  1. Michele Dotson Says:

    I’m not fully convinced of anything anymore haha. I am all-ears open to hearing the other side of the story. If anyone knows any films that officially talk about what else could have happend that aren’t just on YouTube, please post

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