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No Shortage of Conspiracy Theories As 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination Comes Friday

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the U.S. remembers the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination Friday, there is no shortage of conspiracy theories.

Depending on whom you ask, JFK was killed by the CIA, the mafia, Cuban exile groups, the FBI, southern segregationists or the Soviet Union.

The way author and attorney Craig Zirbel sees it, there are only two explanations for President John F. Kennedy’s assassination – either he was killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, with no motive, or there’s a more complex theory, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Scottsdale attorney has written two books on JFK’s death: “The Texas Connection” in 1991 and “The Final Chapter on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy” in 2010.

He believes Lyndon B. Johnson was behind the assassination 50 years ago Friday.

Former FBI Agent Convinced JFK Assassination Was CIA Plot

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

William Turner isn’t just any conspiracy theorist.

An FBI agent from 1951 to 1961, Turner was working as a journalist when John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He was a trained investigator and wanted to learn more about the breakdown in security that November day in 1963, CBS 13 reports.

During his investigation, Turner believed there were two shooters and eventually would conclude that the CIA choreographed JFK’s murder.

“I believe the mafia was allied with the CIA in assassinating Kennedy, and I think we’ve proven that and should go ahead with closure — designating it a conspiracy and not a single man’s work,” Turner told CBS 13.

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Former FBI Agent Recalls Investigating JFK’s Assassination

Stee Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jim Graham was planting a Russian olive tree outside his suburban Kansas City home when the phone call of his life came, the Kansas City Star reports.

President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, and the FBI wanted Graham, who was an agent, to help investigate.

So he did.

But he doesn’t buy into the conspiracy theories and she has no doubt the killer was Lee Harvey Oswald.

“He acted alone and he would have told us why he did it if (Jack) Ruby hadn’t killed him,” Graham told the Star.

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JFK’s Assassination Transformed Secret Service into Heavy-Weight Agency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When JFK was assassinated, the Secret Service was in store for major changes.

The Warren Commission, which was formed to investigate the Nov. 22 shooting, found what it called “certain shortcomings and lapses from high standards which the Commission believes should prevail in the field of Presidential protection.”

The ill-prepared Secret Service, which neglected to check buildings along the motorcade route, transformed the small agency into a $1.6 billion service that has counter-sniper units and assault teams, NPR reports.

“Not criticizing what happened in 1963, but I think it’s fair to say that protections changed quite a bit, and how we do things on a day-to-day basis,” says Special Agent Brian Leary, who serves as a spokesman for the agency.

Former Secret Service Agent Recalls the Day JFK Was Shot 50 Years Ago

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Clint Hill remembers running toward the back of the limousine where President John F. Kennedy was just shot.

Hill was a Secret Service agent who was in the motorcade surrounding the president and first lady on Nov. 22, 1963.

“I think about it every day,” Hill told a crowd Tuesday night at Bismarck State College, the Bismark Tribune reports. “It never goes away.”

Hill said he took off his suit jacket and covered the president’s body at the hospital so the first lady wouldn’t have to see the gruesome results.

Hill also had the unfortunate job of telling Robert Kennedy that his brother was dead.

“I didn’t want to tell him that his brother was dead,” Hill said.

“It’s as bad as it could get,” Hill remembers telling Robert Kennedy.

Did Secret Service Agent Kill JFK? New Documentary Explores the Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new documentary, “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” explores the theory that an under-qualified Secret Service agent delivered the shot that killed President John F. Kennedy, the Toronto reports.

The documentary, which aired Sunday on Discovery, is based on the work of retired Australian police detective Colin McLaren, who said, “This is not conjecture, this is all based on evidence and forensic study.”

It’s just the latest programming marking the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

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FBI, CIA Could Have Prevented Assassination of JFK Had They Heeded Warnings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI and CIA missed opportunities to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by not taking seriously enough threats from Lee Harvey Oswald, according to Philip Shenon’s new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act,” reports the Orland Sentinel.

Days before the assassination, the president’s administration found a threatening note addressed to JFK.

The existence of the letter was never investigated by the Warren Commission because it had been destroyed.

The commission also didn’t know about a memo from former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who said Oswald even announced he was going to kill JFK, the Sentinel reports.

“There’s tremendous amount of material, much of it has only been released in recent years, that shows that both the FBI and the CIA were very aware of the threat that Lee Harvey Oswald posed,” Shenon said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

New Documentary on JFK Assassination Suggests Secret Service Accidentally Shot JFK

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The endless search for answers in the JFK assassination was the impetus for yet another film.

“JFK: The Smoking Gun” pursues this question: Did a Secret Service Agent accidentally shoot President Kennedy in Dallas in November of 1963?

The docudrama that will air on ReelzChannel is based on the book, “Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK,” reports the Associated Press.

The film suggests that agent George Hickey was driving behind the president when he accidentally shot the president after Lee Harvey Oswald fire his first shot.

“What we’re saying is that we believe it was a tragic accident in the heat of that moment,” McLaren told the Television Critics Association on Sunday.

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