With its jazz-infused score by Paul Brill and silhouetted profiles of its detail-obsessed subject deep in thought, Dawn Porter’s engrossing four-part documentary depicts Kennedy as a blend of morally upright pop-culture icon and rich kid turned calculating political machine. “He’s two people … he’s a cop at heart,” says JFK, describing the fair-minded, uber-competitive runt of the litter who once worked for the communist-hating Joseph McCarthy but was also the brains behind his brother’s election to the Sen
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Defenders of the semi-official theory of JFK’s assassination sometimes suggest that anyone who disagrees is deluded or dishonest. Dale Myers and Gus Russo have dubbed the benighted souls “the conspirati,” a term intended to convey disdain for those allegedly emotionally needy or intellectually incompetent people who doubt the claim that one man killed JFK for no reason.
The problem with this trope, alas, is the facts. There were plenty of astute observers of American power in 1963 who rejected the official theory of a “lone nut” and concluded President Kennedy had been killed by his enemies.
Here are six six U.S. government insiders in 1963 who suspected a JFK was killed by a conspiracy.
When there was a second Kennedy assassination, it seemed like the end of hope. Many of Bobby’s followers turned to the right and voted for George Wallace in the general election, a Southern governor who stood for segregation. What made it even worse – if humanly possible – is that there was no attempt for justice for Bobby. Everyone knew Sirhan Sirhan had fired a revolver – but the coroner made a critical finding. “The powder residue pattern on the right ear of Senator Kennedy was caused at a muzzle dis
What is striking about this article is not only RFK Jr’s trip to see Sirhan and his growing suspicions. What is striking is that the Washington Post treats his views with respect.
“I went there because I was curious and disturbed by what I had seen in the evidence,” said Kennedy, an environmental lawyer and the third oldest of his father’s 11 children. “I was disturbed that the wrong person might have been convicted of killing my father. My father was the chief law enforcement officer in this country. I think it would have disturbed him if somebody was put in jail for a crime they didn’t commit.”
Since the publication of David Talbot’s groundbreaking book, Brothers, the story of Robert Kennedy’s suspicions about his brother’s murder have come to light.
RFK’s son shares those same suspicions, which he voiced in a Dallas appearance in 2013 and now details in a new book.
In this world-exclusive video, JFK Facts presents a fascinating interview with C.G. Harvey, the widow of legendary CIA officer William King Harvey.
“Perhaps there was only one assassin, but he did not act alone …. Dallas was the ideal location for such a crime.”
— William Walton, a friend of the Kennedys’, speaking on behalf of Robert and Jacqueline Kennedy. Walton delivered his message in Moscow to Georgi Bolshakov, who had been a backchannel to the Soviet leadership and was asked to repeat it to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. This incident occurred a week after the assassination.
“I asked him [RFK], perhaps tactlessly, about Oswald. He said that there could be no serious doubt that he was guilty, but there was still argument whether he did it by himself or as part of a larger plot, whether organized by Castro or by gangsters. He said that the FBI thought he had done it by himself, but that McCone thought there were two people involved in the shooting.”
— Arthur Schlesinger writing about a conversation with Robert Kennedy on Dec. 5, 1963, quoted in Schlesinger’s Journals: 1952-2000, p. 214.
Tye can often be refreshingly discerning about the mercurial nature of RFK’s growth as a person and a candidate, but he’s neither a curious nor a rigorous assessor of the facts.
On our third podcast (now downloadable!) featuring analysis and discussion of topics relevant to the study of President Kennedy’s assassination including: the 48th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s assassination, Jeff Morley’s new ebook, CIA & JFK, and his next book on James Jesus Angleton (2017). We also delved into Dan Hardway’s remarkable declaration and his recent articles at aarclibrary.org and 2017JFK.org.
The 15th time before a California parole board was not the charm Tuesday for Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin.