The assassination of Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, took place on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. He was fatally shot with a rifle as he and his wife Jacqueline rode in a presidential motorcade down Elm Street.
A special commission assembled to investigate the assassination concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had committed the assassination.
John F. Kennedy and his wife a few minutes before the bombing
Today there are many conspiracy theories questioning the official results of the investigation. According to opinion polls, more than 70% of Americans do not believe the official version of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
The story of Kennedy’s assassination
Kennedy’s trip to Texas was one of the stages of his 1964 presidential campaign. It is worth noting that the motorcade’s route through the city was developed by members of the Secret Service. Along with the politician was his wife, Jacqueline.
The weather in Dallas that day was clear and warm, so the roof of the Lincoln Continental convertible was removed and tilted back. This was also done so that the people could watch Kennedy’s movements with their own eyes.
John F. Kennedy’s car was the fourth in the column, accompanied by four motorcyclists. In the limousine were Secret Service agents William Greer (driver) and Roy Kellerman (in the seat next to the chauffeur), the Kennedys (in the back seats) and Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie (in the extra middle seats).
Further along were numerous cars with security guards, delegation members, and reporters. Along the entire route, a mass of Americans crowded in to watch their leader. John Kennedy was constantly smiling and waving at his compatriots.
The motorcade was greeted by people from rooftops, windows and balconies. On that day, the man refused to wear a bulletproof vest and to place two more bodyguards behind him in the car.
At 12:30 p.m. Kennedy, surrounded by a column of cars, pulled into Elm Street. As the motorcade passed the school book repository structure, the first shot rang out. The bullet struck John F. Kennedy in the neck, went straight through and wounded the governor.
Five seconds later, the second shot rang out. This time the bullet hit the president’s head and his brain particles splattered all over the interior of the limousine. After that, the driver picked up the speed and in 5 minutes took the wounded Kennedy to the clinic.
Below you can see a photo of Jacqueline Kennedy trying to get out of the car seconds after the shots were fired:
However, the wounds were incompatible with life, so the medics pronounced John Kennedy dead at 1 p.m. sharp. One hour and 20 minutes after the assassination attempt, police apprehended Lee Harvey Oswald, the sole suspect in JFK’s murder.
As the investigation determined, Oswald left his weapon and left the building momentarily. As he was walking down one street, he was stopped by Patrolman J. D. Tippit. As a result, Lee killed him and fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended as early as the movie theater.
An interesting fact is that in his youth, Oswald was fond of Marxism and lived briefly in the USSR. During the interrogations it turned out that he had been cooperating with the FBI and the CIA for a long time. And yet, there were so many inconsistencies and discrepancies in the findings of the commission of inquiry that many Americans did not believe the official version of Kennedy’s assassination.