Best new JFK website

For a snapshot of young America thinking about the assassination of JFK, check out WhokilledJFK.org

This is a polished website created by the students in an honors American History course on JFK’s assassination taught by Don Fulsome at American University in Washington DC.

I spoke to the class last week and came away impressed by the level of thoughtfulness. It’s clear these young people have grasped the complexities of November 22. I’m going to post some of the comments I received from the students in the days ahead.

 

17 comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    As a new, academic site for college kids, I guess it’s OK. Gus Russo v. Oliver Stone — we just present the facts and let you decide.

    I seriously doubt it’s going to plow any new ground.

  2. Brian LeCloux says:

    Under the three shots section they say that many researchers now say that based on the study of the Zapruder film the first shot was a Frame 155.
    What researchers?

    Most experts I’ve read like Weisberg, Wrone, Roffman, McKnight—actual scholars on the case, put the first shot at around frame 190.

    • Jonathan says:

      Brian,

      I have certain doubts about the extant Z film’s authenticity. But the film does show an abrupt reaction (head movement) by JFK at Z-155. Then from Z-171 to Z-190, JFK continues waving and smiling.

      Michael Baden, M.D., said that if the SBT were not true, there were at least six shots at Kennedy from three different directions. I think he’s about right, including at least two missed shots.

  3. John Kirsch says:

    Give the kids a chance! For crying out loud! I think it’s encouraging that young people are taking a serious interest in a historical event that occurred long before they were born. Maybe they will turn up something valuable. We aren’t going to get anywhere with this sort of knee-jerk dismissal of every new effort.

    • Jonathan says:

      John,

      I agree with give the kids a chance. But I think the kids may be mere pawns.

      Consider who is listed under “Expert Opinion.” Jeff zMorley is last. The first two are hard-core LN-ers of whom I’ve never heard. The first “expert” listed is Magen Knuth. Here’s part of Knuth’s bio from the site:

      Magen Knuth is currently an adjunct instructor in the Department of Government at American University. As an undergraduate at Marquette University, Knuth worked for Professor John C. McAdams, whose website “The Kennedy Assassination” is considered to be a comprehensive collection of information on the Kennedy assassination. McAdams is known as a JFK assassination expert and is one of the leading critics of conspiracy theories. Knuth aided in McAdams’s research, collecting pri

      “Magen Knuth is currently an adjunct instructor in the Department of Government at American University. As an undergraduate at Marquette University, Knuth worked for Professor John C. McAdams, whose website “The Kennedy Assassination” is considered to be a comprehensive collection of information on the Kennedy assassination. McAdams is known as a JFK assassination expert and is one of the leading critics of conspiracy theories.”

    • Jonathan says:

      John Kirsch,

      I was interested in your interchange with photon.

      He said he was a “Company analyst.”

      Then he said he worked “near the FHA.”

      Friend of mine from the 1960s. Frat brother. Door gunner in Viet Nam. Got a degree in Mandarin in the late 1960s from U. Hawaii. Spent many years in the CIA.

      photon does not seek real action.

      • John Kirsch says:

        Jonathan, I think Photon is a good example of how risky the online world can be because you don’t really know who you’re dealing with, unless you actually know the person well. (And maybe not even then.) I thought his coyness over working for “the Company” showed the basic approach he’s used on this site, which is to toy with people and make snarky comments. For all I know, he’s some 35-year-old guy who lives in his mom’s basement and posts disruptive comments on websites all day because he doesn’t have a job.

        • JSA says:

          I don’t believe that Photon is a younger guy. I think he’s retired, and has a LOT of time on his hands. Also, he’s old and set in his ways. He obviously loves the CIA, perhaps once worked for them. Big deal. I knew LOTS of people who worked there. It’s a huge bureaucracy. The older guys still around from there will probably never admit that their agency is corrupt as hell and was almost certainly involved in the illegal removal of one of our US presidents. But I think once those old folks die off, younger future generations will see things more clearly, and with less bias. Give it another 10-20 years or so, when Photon’s ilk are gone.

  4. Jonathan says:

    If I were going to start a new JFK website, I’d research the existing documents and come up with a startling new idea. Write a book. Get invited to make a presentation at COPA.

    But when I set up my website, I’d lay out rules. Anyone can post a diary. Comments must be respectful and responsive.

    Problems on this blog, IMO, are (a) only Jeff or Rex can post a diary, and (b) comments are allowed to be disrespectful and non-responsive.

    • John Kirsch says:

      Jonathan, I’ll just come out and say that I have doubts about the direction of this site. I had high hopes initially but I see it degenerating into a site where people just try to score points off each other and make long, boring, irrelevant comments.

    • John Kirsch says:

      I was a newspaper reporter for a long time and the opinion page editors at the papers I worked for often had a rule that certain people (let’s call them cranks because that’s what they were) could only have 2 letters to the editor published in a given time period. The idea was to make sure the nut jobs didn’t take over the opinion section because they would have if they could have. If I ran a website on JFK or anything else, I would have a similar rule. Otherwise the lunatics take over the asylum. In fact if a certain person proved himself particularly obnoxious, I wouldn’t allow him to post at all. The 2nd Amendment doesn’t include the right to post on a website. Take your dysfunction somewhere else.

  5. John Kirsch says:

    I obviously should have said the 1st Amendment. My bad.

  6. Photon says:

    You would have done better to mention the 21st Amendment. But that is a S.S. place

  7. Mike Rush says:

    I offer this observation: The comments made by the mother of the Boston suspects is eerily similar to those of Oswald’s mother after Dallas. Both claim their sons were set up by the FBI with whom they were in league. There were several instances before the assassination of “Oswald” causing public scenes that either annoyed others to the point that he was remembered or brought a police presence. Now we are told Tamerlan caused two outburts in his mosque that shocked attendees, and may be a suspect in a triple murder in Waltham two years ago (shades of the shot at Gen. Walker). Was Tamerlan being run? What is the role of U.S. intelligence in the Boston bombings? Is Operation Northwoods still up and running?

    • max says:

      Boston bombing – JFK assassination? Not eerily similar. Amateur hour vs successful conspiracy to assassinate the Leader of the Free World. Northwoods operation? Tsarnaev, unlike Oswald, is still alive and not suggesting he’s a patsy.

  8. Tom Rossley says:

    Unfoirtunately, most people have not read the evidence/testimony in the 26 volumes.

  9. Paul May says:

    Nicely done site.

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