Tag Archive for Dealey Plaza

Now is a good time to lay to rest the JFK conspiracy theories about George Bush

George H. W. Bush, CIA director

George H. W. Bush, CIA director and future president

(This post was first published on the JFK Facts blog, in different form under a different headline, in March 2013)

The theory that the late President Bush was somehow complicit in JFK’s death has often been heard in the comments section of this site. Exactly how he was involved is rarely explained.

Four claims are adduced to support this theory:

 

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‘Fear and loathing’ began in Dallas

Bill Kelly points out that Hunter S. Thompson coined his immortal phrase “fear and loathing” on the day of JFK’s assassination. In three words, the gonzo journalist had captured a mood that would never go away.

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Whitewash: JFK’s assassination in African-American eyes

Black Dealy Plaza

I’ve added a version of this poignant Dealey Plaza picture to the JFK Facts banner because I’d never really noticed its telling detail: a dozen African-Americans cheering the arrival of President Kennedy and First Lady Jackie in Dallas. Read more

Gayle Nix Jackson to talk about her grandfather’s JFK film

Orville Nix was a bystander with a movie camera in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. He gave his film of JFK’s assassination to the FBI. The Bureau later gave him back a second-generation copy of the film. The original is still missing. Read more

In Allen Dulles’ papers, an analysis of the Nix Film 

Source: Allen W. Dulles Papers at Princeton University–Series 4: Warren Commission Files — Nix Film Analysis (h/t)

Sixth Floor Museum acquires third of four known movies of JFK’s assassination

Only four home movie photographers are known to have captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as his motorcade traveled through Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963.

Source: Sixth Floor Museum Acquires Third Of 4 Known Home Movies From JFK’s Dallas Assassination | KERA News

Dealey Plaza eyewitness: ‘People were running to the grassy knoll’


As a thirteen year old girl, Tina Towner went to Dealey Plaza with her parents on November 22, 1963 to see President Kennedy . She filmed the motorcade with a movie camera as it turned on to Elm Street.  Here’s what she recorded.

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How the testimony of a JFK witness was distorted

Her name was Mary Woodward Pillsworth and her obituary displayed the impulse of denial. Millicent Cranor reports in WhoWhatWhy.

 

Dealey Plaza: after the shots rang out

Dealey Plaza moment
I found this remarkable photo in Robin Unger’s extraordinary galleries of JFK assassination photo. It was taken moments after gunfire that took President Kennedy’s life. At a glance we see exactly how two law enforcement officers responded to the sound of gunfire. Read more

A beginners guide to the gunfire in Dealey Plaza

The JFK assassination story can be confusing. There are a vast array of conflicting theories, many of them bogus, stupid, preposterous, or baseless (like the one voiced by the man who will be president). Others are more plausible.

Even on the narrowest of factual questions–where did the first shot hit?–readers have to choose between Max Holland’s theory, Pat Speer’s rebuttal, or Dale Myer’s attack. And that’s just in the past month.

Readers who are new to the JFK assassination story (and those who aren’t) may want a dispassionate presentation of the evidence about the fatal gunfire before they decide what they think. If so, read on.
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Dealey Plaza eyewitness: Mary Moorman

Mary Moorman Breaks Her Silence – Interview from BAAM Videos on Vimeo.

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Unfortunately, Dana Milbank has gone ‘full Grassy Knoll’

Dana Milbank

Dana Milbank, pundit

This morning I was swimming in the warm liberal bath that is the daily Washington Post. I was thoroughly enjoying Dana Milbank’s take down of Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity. Milbank was demolishing Hannity’s foolish claim that fellow gasbag Glenn Beck could “go to jail” for criticizing former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. (One of the few pleasures of the 2016 presidential campaign is watching these jackasses bicker among themselves.)

Milbank quoted Beck’s unusually astute interpretation of the 1rst Amendment.
“That’s my point,” Beck replied, adding: “Donald Trump has people chanting, ‘Put them in jail, put them in jail,’ about the press. When is someone’s opinion on a public figure something that is jail-worthy and not First Amendment protected?”
“Such a question,” Milbank went on, “might have troubled Hannity during those occasions when he fancied himself a journalist over the years. Instead, he has gone full Grassy Knollin a manner reminiscent of Beck…”

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Dallas shooting kills five police officers

Dallas shootingsThe country’s legacy of gun violence on terrible display.

The shootings, only a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, transformed an emotional but peaceful rally into a scene of carnage and chaos, and they injected a volatile new dimension into the anguished debate over racial disparities in American criminal justice.

Source: Dallas Sniper Shooting Leaves 5 Police Officers Dead; Suspect Is Killed – The New York Times

Flip de Mey’s take on Oswald’s rifle

I find this a plausible theory.

“‘There were indeed shots fired from the sniper’s nest and they were more than likely fired with the Carcano….”

Source: Lee Harvey Oswald was INNOCENT but his gun WAS used to assassinate JFK, claims | Daily Mail Online

Dallas police chief Jesse Curry and his JFK assassination file

Dallas police chief Jesse Curry was riding in the lead car on November 22, 1963. When the shots rang out he grabbed his radio and told his men to check the area that would become known as “the grassy knoll.”

That’s where Curry thought the fatal shot had come from.

Source: Jesse Currys, JFK Assassination File. Limited Collectors Edition