President John F. Kennedy’s Assassination Essays

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In 1976, the US Senate ordered the official investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, who was murdered on November 22, 1963 during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The FBI and the CIA were persuaded to release more of their documents on Oswald. Most important of all, pieces of evidence such as photos and sound recordings were subjected to scientific analysis using the most up to date methods and equipment. The HSCA completed their investigation in 1979 and they finally came to a verdict that Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots at Kennedy, one of which killed the president. A fourth shot was fired from the grassy knoll, which was contradictory to the statement printed by the Warren Commission 16 years earlier. They concluded that John Kennedy was assassinated as the result of a conspiracy.
The investigation was ordered directly after the assassinations of two other major political figures; the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King and the President’s brother Robert Kennedy, in 1968. These incidents attracted a lot of suspicion and the American public started questioning why so many US figures had been assassinated in the time span of four years, when this type of incident has been rare. The HCSA was interested in the possibility that the assassinations were related. At the time there was also an increasing awareness of corruption and scandal within the government. The Watergate Scandal in 1974 involving President Nixon had clearly shown that American…