Fact Check

Fact check: Did a Pepsi-Cola executive kill JFK?

Here is a useful example of a dumb JFK conspiracy story that combines good information with bad analysis to generate results that are both confusing and worthless. Read more

Fact check: Was a Mauser found in the Texas School Book Depository?


In this installment of the often excellent “50 Reasons for 50 Years,” Len Osanic says yes. I think the evidence says no. Decide for yourself.  Read more

Fact check: Oswald’s ‘girlfriend.’ Is she for real?

Her name is Judyth Vary Baker. She says she had a romance with Lee Harvey Oswald and they worked on a secret bio-weapons program in New Orleans in 1963. As the 50th anniversary of the assassination approached, her flair for self-dramatization was getting some attention.

Jesse Ventura has endorsed her story. She’s gotten respectful treatment in Pittsburgh. A San Francisco newspaper columnist reported her story uncritically.

There is little evidence that her story is true.  Read more

Did Amazon block a challenge to Bill O’Reilly’s lone gunman theory?

Would Amazon censor a comment challenging the lone gunman theory posited in a celebrity penned bestseller? According to Atlanta-based author Barry Krusch, the online giant did just that.

In his very popular Killing Kennedy, Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly paints a portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald as the only gunman involved in the JFK assassination. Krusch scrutinizes O’Reilly’s conclusions in this respectful and empirical video, which was submitted to Amazon’s comment section.

However, according to Krusch, the online bookseller censored the video.

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Moon landing was not faked

Andrew Sullivan punts a dumb conspiracy theory so we don’t have to.

Fact check: ABC’s Marquardt fumbles JFK facts

ABC News correspondent Alexander Marquardt made two factual mistakes in his Good Morning America report today on Robert Kennedy Jr.’s remarks that his father believed “rogue CIA agents” may have been involved in uncle’s assassination. (h/t Curt Cultice)

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Fact check: Nitpicking JFK point

Another nit to pick with Wedneday’s JFK story in the WSJ, by Anna Campoy. Read more

Fact check: WSJ errs on the ‘grassy knoll’

In her story today on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, WSJ reporter Ana Campoy makes a common mistake that deprives readers of needed context and detail. Read more

Judyth Baker responds: “I loved Lee Oswald”

Judyth Vary Baker has written to JFK Facts about my recent post on her various claims about Lee Harvey Oswald. In the interests of fairness, I want to give her response the same prominence as the original item.

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National Archives database refutes Judge Tunheim’s claim that all JFK records have been made public

Federal judge John Tunheim, chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) from 1994 to 1998, said last week the government has released virtually all of its assassination-related records–a claim contradicted by a publicly available online database of the National Archives.

This is a story you can fact check yourself. Read more

Fact Check: Daily Mail’s dubious JFK headline

The U.K’s Daily Mail picks up on the news from Dallas that an apartment building where accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald lived briefly in 1963 is going to be torn down. But the right-wing tabloid made a mistake in its headline:

House rented out by Lee Harvey Oswald before Kennedy-assassination to be DESTROYED–nearly 50 years after he shot the president.

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Didn’t do it: More on the role of George H.W. Bush in the events of 1963

Russ Baker takes exception to our post of November 25, “Didn’t Do It: George H.W. Bush.” His comment is published in full beneath the post, but since his response has merit, I want to give it prominent treatment here as well.

Russ rightly objects to my linking his reporting about Bush and the JFK story with John Hankey’s video on the same subject. He says:

“To try and distract people from a TON of documented, footnoted evidence on HW Bush’s covert work in Dallas with CIA circa 11/22 by falsely suggesting that I–or anyone–is stupid enough to believe that Bush would be an actual triggerman, well, that’s just beyond the pale.”

My apologies. Russ’s views are clearly different Read more

Indy Week’s useful JFK guide

The JFK assassination story is bleeping complicated.

From Indy Week, the North Carolina alt-weekly, comes a useful guide for making sense of it all: 13 documents you should read about the JFK assassination. Read more

Fact Check: Jesse Ventura on JFK

Jesse Ventura, your friendly neighborhood soldier of fortune, proves to be a well-informed, if over-the-top, student of the JFK case in this video.

The host of “Conspiracy Theory” show, Ventura sometimes goes beyond what is in the historical record. He also has a strong factual foundation for key allegations.

Ventura’s bottom line: JFK was killed by “the same old military industrial complex.”

How do Ventura’s claims and sources stack up?

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DIdn’t Do It: The Fed

Was JFK killed because of his Fed policy, asks Tom Woods?

The answer is no. Read more