Seven versions of the assassination of John F. Kennedy

In terms of the number of versions, the death of John F. Kennedy is unparalleled. Below are the seven most interesting versions of the assassination of the 35th President of the United States.

The assassination of the 35th President of the United States continues to be the most notorious crime of the 20th century.

On the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the 35th US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, about one and a half hundred books were published with versions of the most notorious crime of the last century, including new ones. Suffice it to say that Skyhorse Publishing alone has published 25 such books this year alone. Filmmakers were not left out. They made several documentaries in which they also try to answer the question: who killed the president and did the killer act alone or is it a big conspiracy?

Suspects include Fidel Castro, the Mafia, the CIA, Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, the Secret Service, and many others. Secretary of State John Kerry recently intervened in the debate on this issue, which is still of interest to Americans, who, by the way, overwhelmingly continue to reject the conclusion of the Warren Commission.

"To this day, I have serious doubts," a top US diplomat told NBC, "that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone."

In terms of the number of versions, the death of the DFC, as the Americans often call their 35th president, probably has no equal. Below are the seven most interesting versions

1. Lee Harvey Oswald

Undoubtedly the main suspect in the assassination of the 35th President of the United States. He was seen leaving the book depository building immediately after the shots were fired, even before the building was cordoned off by the police. The weapon, a 6.5mm Carcano Model 91/38 rifle, is alleged by the Warren Commission investigation to have been hidden behind crates. Bought by Lee in March 1963 under the name "A. Hydell" by mail.

Less than an hour and a half after the murder, Oswald was arrested in a movie theater. He was charged with the murder of a policeman who stopped him on the street. When a patrolman approached him, he drew a revolver and shot him five times.

Early the next morning, Oswald was charged with the assassination of the president, and on the morning of November 24, he was shot and killed as he left the police station by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

2. Mafia

Supporters of this version believe that the godfathers Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante and Sam Giancana decided to remove the DFC, who, with the help of his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy declared war on US organized crime. It is believed that the mafia helped the DFC become president, and he "thanked" her by declaring a crusade against her.

Mafiosi killed the President and framed Lee Harvey Oswald. Supporters of this version argue that the FBI received Marcello's confession back in 1985, but decided to keep it secret.

By the way, in 2014 Warner Brothers will release a film about the Kennedy assassination starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. Its authors believe that John F. Kennedy was killed by the American mafia.

3. CIA

Another very common version is that high-ranking CIA officials Richard Helms and James Angleto hired members of the Mafia to eliminate President Kennedy. The Knights of the Cloak and Dagger did not like the fact that he allegedly intended to end the Vietnam War and make peace with communist Cuba and the Soviet Union. Naturally, all this had to take place against the backdrop of the president's loss of confidence in spies and, most importantly, the reduction in funding for their agency.

According to another version, President Kennedy was assassinated by the CIA in order to prevent him from disclosing information about aliens from outer space. Ten days before his death, DFC wrote to the director of the CIA asking him to show him top-secret UFO documents.

He wanted to communicate this information not to the American people, but to the USSR. Kennedy was very worried about relations with Moscow. The president feared that the numerous UFOs that appeared in the skies over the Soviet Union could be interpreted by the Kremlin as US aggression and start a war.

In another letter written to the head of NASA, President Kennedy wrote about his desire to cooperate with the USSR in space exploration.

There is another letter, which has traces of fire, and which was allegedly sent by someone from the CIA to the famous ufologist Timothy Cooper in 1999. The accompanying note indicated that the sender worked for the CIA in 1960-74 and that he had saved the document from a fire when the agency was burning some of the documents. The document talks about Ulan. Under this nickname, John F. Kennedy was listed among the agents of the secret service.

“As you must know, Ulan was interested in our activities,” wrote the director of the CIA. “We cannot allow this. Please provide your point of view no later than October. Your opinion on this issue will play a major role in the continuation of the group's activities.

4. Lyndon Johnson

Many conspiracy theorists are accused of organizing the assassination of the DFC Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded him as leader of America. The conspiracy, led by the Vice President of the United States, involved the most radical groups in the CIA, the mafia, Cuban exiles, and even members of his administration who were dissatisfied with Kennedy. The main motive of the LBD was Kennedy's open-ended intention to succeed vice president in the 1964 presidential election. He had an extremely low opinion of his deputy.

Johnson was allegedly driven not only by the lust for power, but also by the instinct of self-preservation. The post of vice president, and even more so of the president, protected him from accusations of corruption.

“If Kennedy had not been assassinated that day,” LBD mistress Madeleine Brown said shortly before her death in 2002, “Lyndon Johnson most likely would have gone to jail.”

Dallas was not chosen by chance as the location of the murder. Lyndon Johnson was originally from Texas and controlled the Dallas police force. This helped cover up a number of clues. For example, the fingerprints in the book depository of the hitman, former Marine Mac Wallace, who died in 1971.

Johnson and Texas Gov. John Connally rerouted the presidential motorcade through Dallas to pass through Dealey Plaza.

Many people believed that the murder was ordered by the LBD: Madeleine Brown, to whom he confessed on the eve of the murder; Richard Nixon, who succeeded him in the White House; Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, widow DFC, and others.

5. Secret Service

According to this version, DFC's death was not a murder, but a tragic accident. The accidental killer was George Hickey, an agent of the Secret Service guarding the President, members of his family and senior US officials. He was driving that fateful November day in a car behind the presidential limousine. After Oswald's first shot, Hickey attempted to return fire with an AR-15 self-loading rifle that was next to him.

Three circumstances turned out to be fatal for the President of the United States. At that moment, the car rocked, and Hickey lost aim. In addition, he was unfamiliar with such rifles and, it is possible, he held it in his hands for the first time. And, to top it all off, all the previous night he was walking with friends until morning, and his hands trembled slightly. The bullet fired by Hickey accidentally, of course, hit the President in front of him in the neck.

Of course, the White House knew about the shooting of George Hickey and that it was a fatal accident. By order of Robert Kennedy, the case was hushed up to avoid a huge scandal, and all evidence was destroyed.

6. Government of South Vietnam

On November 1, 1963, a military coup took place in South Vietnam. The legally elected government was overthrown, Ngo Din Dim, along with two brothers, was killed. The coup and assassination were orchestrated and carried out by the CIA on the direct orders of John F. Kennedy.

If the DFC was counting on the gratitude of the Vietnamese, then he miscalculated badly. This mistake cost him his life. Revenge was swift and brutal. Three weeks later, fatal shots rang out in Dallas.

Less than 48 hours after the assassination of President Kennedy, Lucier Sarti, a Corsican-born hitman and drug dealer, was apprehended. On the morning of November 22, he was in Fort Worth, where Kennedy was giving a speech near the Texas Hotel, and a few hours later, at the time of the assassination, he was already in Dallas. The FBI was well aware that this man had been trained in the military camps of one of the foreign armies and that he was wanted by the French authorities for subversive activities against the state. He was a militant of the infamous OAS, a secret ultra-radical organization of the French military who opposed President de Gaulle. Instead of arresting and interrogating this man, whom a number of conspiracy theorists believe were hired by the Vietnamese, the FBI smuggled him to Mexico or Canada and released him on all four sides.

7. Cuban intelligence G2

Vladimir Kryuchkov advised the Cuban comrades to take a closer look at Oswald. The most important of several meetings took place in Mexico City, where Oswald arrived by bus in September 1963. It took place in the garage of the Cuban embassy in Mexico. The American told Fabian Escalante, the future head of Cuban intelligence, and his nephew Anibal, the son of the former president of the Cuban Communist Party, that he wanted to become a "soldier of the revolution." He is ready to prove the seriousness of his intentions... by the assassination of the President of the United States.

Although Oswald was not a very reliable person, the Cubans decided not to refuse such a chance. They considered Kennedy the main enemy of the Cuban revolution. The head of the American president was estimated inexpensively - only 6.5 thousand dollars. The Cubans also promised Oswald asylum on Liberty Island, but they did not keep their word and left him to the mercy of fate.

Literally the next day, an FBI officer named Lawrence Keenan went to Mexico City to unravel the "Cuban" trail. Three days later, however, Hoover recalled him to Washington without any explanation.

Keenan believes Lyndon Johnson insisted on closing the investigation. He was afraid that an outburst of indignation would force him to attack Cuba, which would inevitably lead to war with the USSR.


“Oswald was a dissident,” says Oscar Marino, a former member of the Cuban secret service, “and he hated his country... He suggested killing John F. Kennedy. We took advantage of it. He was our tool…”

Marino doesn't know if Castro's signature is on the order to kill Kennedy, but Castro and Kennedy were like two duelists trying to get rid of each other. Suffice it to say that after the death of his brother, Robert Kennedy tried to take revenge on Fidel at least eight times.

Author: Naum Mitin