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Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. November 22, 1963. Assignment. Your notes on the people involved in the assassination and ultimately who you think did it will be your assignment. Early life. Born to Elizabeth and Joseph Kennedy on May 29, 1917. Wealthy family. Military .

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  • Your notes on the people involved in the assassination and ultimately who you think did it will be your assignment.
early life
Early life

Born to Elizabeth and Joseph Kennedy on May

29, 1917. Wealthy family.


Served in the US Navy during World War II in the

South Pacific as PT-Boat captain.

congressional career
Congressional Career

Served Massachusetts’ 11th House District in the

US House of Representatives from 1947-1953.

Served in the US Senate form 1953 through


election to presidency
Election to Presidency

Kennedy defeated Vice President and

Republican candidate Richard Nixon. At age 43,

he was the youngest elected to the office and

the second youngest President (after Teddy


First person born in the 20th century to serve as president

First Catholic to serve as President.

election results very close
Election Results very close

Kennedy 34,220,984

Nixon 34,108,157

very active presidency
Very active Presidency

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but

what you can do for your country.”

  • Peace Corps
  • Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba (US trained Cubans sent in to take over the Castro regime)
  • Cuban Missile Crisis
  • We will go to the moon
  • Attorney General Robert Kennedy went after the Mob very aggressively.
theories are many
Theories are many
  • Though the Warren Commission researched the killing of President Kennedy very closely, many people have conspiracy theories about how President Kennedy died.
lee harvey oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald

The Warren Commission came to the conclusion

that John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a lone

gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald.

warren commission single bullet theory
Warren Commission Single Bullet Theory

As Lee Harvey Oswald could not fire his bolt-

action rifle fast enough to wound President

Kennedy and Governor John Connally and with

separate shots, they argued that a single bullet hit

Kennedy in the back of the neck and exited from

the throat just below the Adam's apple. The same

bullet entered Connally's back, exited from his

chest, went completely through his right wrist, and

lodged in his left thigh.

texas book depository
Texas Book Depository
  • (1) The shots which killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally were fired from the sixth floor window at the southeast corner of the Texas School Book Depository. This determination is based upon the following:
  • Witnesses at the scene of the assassination saw a rifle being fired from the sixth-floor window of the Depository Building, and some witnesses saw a rifle in the window immediately after the shots were fired.
what about all of the mafia theories
What about all of the mafia theories?

David Scheim has published two books claiming

that the Mafia were responsible for the

assassination of Kennedy. He believes that it was

organized by three mafia bosses including Jimmy

Hoffa. This theory is based on the idea that the

Mafia were angry with both Kennedy and his

brother Robert Kennedy for their attempts to

destroy organized crime.

cuban russian communist plot
Cuban/Russian Communist Plot

Author James Angleton believed that Russian

Leader Nikita Khrushchev was involved in the

assassination. He claimed that Khrushchev

sought revenge after he had been humiliated by

Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

anti castro movement
Anti-Castro movement

Author Anthony Summers believes that Kennedy

was killed by a group of anti-Castro activists,

funded by mafia mobsters who had been ousted

by Cuba and had the help of the CIA.

rich texas oilmen and johnson
Rich Texas Oilmen and Johnson

Just before Kennedy was assassinated he upset

people like Clint Murchinson and Haroldson Hunt

when he talked about plans to submit to Congress a

tax reform plan designed to produce about

$185,000,000 in additional revenues by changes in

the favorable tax treatment until then accorded the

gas-oil industry. Kennedy was particularly upset that

Hunt, who had an annual income of about

$30,000,000, paid only small amounts of federal

income tax. Some claimed Johnson himself was part of it.

john birch society
John Birch Society

Harry Dean was an undercover agent for the FBI.

In 1962 he infiltrated the John Birch Society. He

later reported that leading members of the

society hired two gunman to kill President


central intelligence agency
Central Intelligence Agency

After the assassination of President Kennedy, CIA agent Gary Underhill told his friend, Charlene Fitsimmons, that he was convinced that he had been killed by members of the CIA. He also said: "Oswald is a patsy. They set him up. It's too much. The bastards have done something outrageous. They've killed the President! I've been listening and hearing things. I couldn't believe they'd get away with it, but they did!"

abraham zapruder
Abraham Zapruder

At the time of the assassination, Zapruder was an

admirer of President Kennedy and considered

himself a Democrat. Not originally intending to

bring his camera to work in order to film the

motorcade, Zapruder, at the insistence of his

assistant, retrieved it from home before going to

Dealey Plaza.