40-year anniversary of JFK's assassination

(11/22/03) Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. In the four decades since the president was gunned down on the streets of Dallas, questions still surround the details of what exactly occurred on November 22, 1963. Despite a 10-month investigation by the government-appointed Warren Commission and an assassination reconstruction 13 years later, the majority of Americans do not believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in assassinating the nation's 35th president.

According to a poll conducted earlier this year, only 32 percent of American adults believe Oswald was the lone gunman. The poll found 51 percent of those surveyed thought there was a second shooter and 70 percent believe the assassination was part of a broader plot. In addition, two out of every three respondents think there was a government cover-up.

JFK assassination conspiracy theories have been the subject behind thousands of books, movies and Internet discussions. Many of the publications focus on similar hypotheses. A number of people believe gunshots were fired from places other than the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository where Oswald was positioned. Some think another gunman was positioned on the nearby grassy knoll. Other conspiracies theories focus on plots by the Mafia, Russian KGB and even CIA to kill President Kennedy.

Three days after the assassination, Texas nightclub owner Jack Ruby killed Oswald while he was in police custody. With Oswald's death, many of the details surrounding Kennedy's assassination were lost forever. Despite the debates, questions and conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, many Americans vividly remember where they were, what they were doing and how the world reacted when President John F. Kennedy was killed.

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