September 30, 2011

JFK: The Lost Bullet Facts

More About the Kennedy Assassination and Its Aftermath

  • After a re-evaluation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the HSCA (House Select Committee on Assassinations) determined there was a 95% chance a fourth shot had been fired, a conclusion based almost exclusively on an acoustics test and a police dispatcher’s radio recording. The conclusion suggests another shooter had participated in the assassination, thusly making it a conspiracy, though results are highly disputed.

  • A Gallup poll conducted in 1963, after President John F. Kennedy’s death, concluded that 52% of Americans believed that Kennedy’s death involved a conspiracy. By 1976, nearly 81% of Americans believed in a conspiracy. By 2003, three-quarters of Americans still believed in a conspiracy – only 19% of Americans reportedly believed Kennedy was killed by one person.

  • Many people believe there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy, though there is no consensus among conspiracy theorists as to which conspiracies are more likely. Everyone from President Lyndon B. Johnson, to the Mafia, to the CIA, to the Communist Party has been indicated in popular conspiracy literature.

  • President Kennedy’s assassination was broadcast on television for the first time ever on an ABC television show called "Good Night America,” hosted by Geraldo Rivera on March 6, 1975. Rivera showed a bootleg copy of the famous Zapruder home movie to the American public.

  • In 1997, the Assassination Records Review Board decided the home movie footage of President Kennedy’s assassination captured by Abraham Zapruder was an item that should be in the “permanent possession of the people of the United States.” The Zapruder family contested the decision and ultimately was compensated 16 million dollars for the film.

  • Jacqueline Kennedy wanted her husband’s funeral to be modeled after former President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. She also wanted to commemorate JFK’s life with an Eternal Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery modeled after the Memorial Flame in Paris, France, located at the Arc de Triomphe.

  • The Warren Commission did not include any official criminal investigators, rather it consisted of mostly elected officials including, two U.S. senators, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then Chief Justice of The United States, Earl Warren, along with two private citizens, one of whom was the former Director of the CIA. Warren Commission members relied upon government agencies to provide them with information.

  • Prior to the assassination of President Kennedy, it was not a Federal offense to kill the President or Vice President of the United States. Following Kennedy’s death, the Warren Commission recommended passing legislation for it to become a Federal crime, which it eventually did.

  • JFK won the presidential election in 1960, after losing the race for Vice President in 1956.

  • JFK’s presidential legacies include: the founding of the Peace Corp; invigorating the Space Program (NASA), and challenging Americans to land on the Moon within the decade; and addressing Civil Rights issues that were politically realized due to his efforts.

  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was working as a photographer and journalist in 1951 for the Washington Times-Herald newspaper when she met John F. Kennedy, a young congressman from Massachusetts at the time.

  • Oliver Stone’s movie JFK included the original and licensed footage of the assassination captured by Abraham Zapruder in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, and not bootleg copies of the Zapruder film.

  • The camera Abraham Zapruder used to film the presidential parade in Dallas, and ultimately the assassination of JFK in Dealey Plaza, was a Bell & Howell 414PD (Power Zoom / Duel Electric Eye) Director Series that used Double 8mm film, in 25 or 50 foot rolls of film.

  • The Sniper’s Nest and sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX, from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired his shots, is today home to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. More than 325,000 people visit the museum on average every year.

  • Abraham Zapruder’s eyewitness film was not the only amateur film taken of JFK’s assassination in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. Several other films were taken by bystanders watching the parade that day, among them: Mark Bell, Elsie Dorman, Robert Hughes, Orville Nix, and 13-year-old, Tina Towner.


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