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On This Day: Warren Commission Report Concludes Oswald Acted Alone

September 27, 2011 06:00 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
On Sept. 27, 1964, the Warren Commission issued its report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the president.

The Warren Commission Report

Ten months after it was formed in the wake of the Kennedy assassination, the Warren Commission issued an 888-page report on the findings of its investigation. It reached the conclusion that former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in shooting the president and Texas Gov. John Connally from the Texas School Bus Depository as their motorcade passed through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. Furthermore, it found that nightclub owner Jack Ruby had also acted alone in killing Oswald two days later.

There is “no evidence that either Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby was part of any conspiracy, domestic or foreign, to assassinate President Kennedy,” it stated, though it acknowledged, “Because of the difficulty of proving negatives to a certainty, the possibility of others being involved with either Oswald or Ruby cannot be established categorically.”

The greatest difficulty for the commission came in determining which of Oswald’s three shots had hit Kennedy and Connally. The report presented the “single bullet theory,” argued most strenuously by commission counsel Arlen Specter, which stated that the first bullet to strike Kennedy traveled through his neck and throat and struck the governor in the arm. The theory was disputed by three commission members, whose objections were not noted in the report.

The report was praised by most media outlets. Time magazine said it was “Backed and bulwarked by an astonishing array of facts, figures, investigative reports, interviews, minute-by-minute timetables, and a vast amount of common sense.” The New York Times said the commission “analyzed every issue in exhaustive, almost archaeological detail.”

In the years after its release, however, the Warren Commission came under criticism for not sufficiently investigating the possibility that Oswald did not act alone, for not receiving important information from the FBI and CIA, and for not examining key pieces of evidence such as the Zapruder film and Kennedy autopsy closely enough.

The findings of the Warren Commission have also been challenged by government investigations, including a 1976 congressional committee that concluded that there was likely a second gunman located on the grassy knoll and that there was likely a conspiracy, though it could not determine any specific conspiracy.

Reference: Assassination Analysis

Marquette professor John C. McAdams’ site sets out to debunk many conspiracy theories and provides and explanation for the assassination that is generally consistent with the Warren Commission.

The Mary Ferrell Foundation critiques the Warren Commission and other government investigation through a large collection of evidence gathered by Dallas secretary Mary Ferrell.

University of Rhode Island professor Kenneth Rahm’s site features a large archive of articles and investigations authored by researchers on all sides of the issue. 

JFK Lancer is the best site that supports assassination theories.

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