November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy gunned down in Dallas.
The Crime of the Century. Or at least last century's Crime of the Century.
What really happened, and does it matter today?
Last month, in an empty movie theater in Washington, DC, I saw “Parkland,” the Tom Hanks-Peter Landesmann film about the assassination of President Kennedy. I was so underwhelmed I didn’t know what to say.
The fact that the movie tanked at the box office and puzzled critics indicated its presentation of JFK’s murder as a fairly ordinary homicide in Texas had no resonance, even with elite media organizations imbued with a cultural affinity for the lone gunman theory. So I decided I would write something after the 50th anniversary and I never got around to it.
Then a British pundit, Dr. James Boys, wrote this review, which pretty much said everything I was going to say, and said it better.
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.
Fact check please: Read more
One perennial question people have about the JFK story is, Who do I believe? One credible witness is a man named Bill Newman. He was there, about 15 feet from JFK, when the gunfire rang out. His testimony is important. Read more