JFK Conspiracy Theories Continue 50 Years Later

Posted at: 11/19/2013 12:01 PM | Updated at: 11/19/2013 12:02 PM
By: JOHN MONE, Associated Press

History abounds at Dealey Plaza, as do the conspiracy theorists.

Mark Oakes is convinced that more than one person killed President John F. Kennedy.   "The verdict is still out if you don't know all the evidence," Oakes said.

He holds court at Dealey Plaza, as does Robert Groden.  "Certainly the shots came from more than one direction. There had to be a conspiracy," Groden said.

On the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, visitors still come by the bus load to get their own view of what happened.

"What was it like to be here in Dallas as those days unfolded?  That's what we recreate on the JFK Trolley Tour," said Michael Scott Aston of Big D Fun Tours.

From Communists, Cubans to Jimmy Hoffa or the mafia, Howard Willens has heard it all.  "This was the most extensive criminal investigation done in the history of the United States," said Willens, who served as the staff counsel on the Warren Commission.

The commission concluded the assassination was the work of lone gunman – Lee Harvey Oswald.  Willens does have a theory of his own on why conspiracy beliefs won't die.

"There's a heavy emotional content that people bring to the perspective of this event. You have to remember this was a young president whose campaign theme song was ‘high hopes,’" Willens said.

Countless doubters are still trying to rewrite history today.

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