5 JFK assassination theories that records could finally debunk

Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone? Was it a government-sanctioned mafia hit?

What do we really, really know about what Ted Cruz’s dad was up to in the early 1960s?

These are some of the major conspiracy theories that have popped up since John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

A trove of documents about the 35th President’s untimely death are set to be released by the National Archives on Thursday, likely to put a lot of these intricate rumors to bed forever.

But for more than 50 years some of these theories — like the one about a second shooter behind the crowd on a grassy knoll — have infiltrated the minds of the nation’s skeptics.

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Massachusetts, USA, 1950's, President of the United States of America John F, Kennedy pictured as a young man with his wife Jackie Kennedy (Jacqueline Bouvier) early in their marriage (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Massachusetts, USA, 1950's, President of the United States of America John F, Kennedy pictured as a young man with his wife Jackie Kennedy at home (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)
NEWPORT, RI - SEPTEMBER 12: John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy outside St. Mary's Church after their wedding on September 12, 1953. (Photo by Charles F. McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1754: US President John Kennedy, President Charles de Gaulle and Jackie Kennedy in Paris at the Elysee Palace May 31, 1961 (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
1956: Waiter clearing dishes fr. table in front of actor David Niven (3R) sitting next to Sen. Jack Kennedy's wife Jackie (2R) w. others dining at society gala sponsored by wife of US Amb. to Cuba, in the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. At the far left is Jackie's sister Caroline Lee Bouvier (later Canfield, Radziwill, and Ross). (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
March 25, 1958: Sen. Jack Kennedy cuddling his darling baby daughter Caroline who is smiling as her mom Jackie looks on in delight while relaxing on bed at home. (Photo by Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
JULY 20: John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy. (Photo by Charles McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Sen. Jack Kennedy slyly lending an ear to his wife Jackie's giddy whisper as they sit together at table during cocktail hour before dining at society gala sponsored by wife of US Amb. to Cuba, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. (Photo by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) and her daughter Caroline pause on the stairs of their vacation home and look back down, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, September 1960. Ms. Kenney wears a trenchcoat and a flower-print scarf over her hair while Caroline is dressed in a overalls. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jackie Kennedy and friends, circa 1960s. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).
CIRCA 1960s: Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy enjoys herself at a picnic circa the 1960s. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 1961: President Kennedy (R) with First Lady Jackie (L) (in fur-trimmed suit designed by Oleg Cassini) at his inauguration. (Photo by Leonard McCombe/Life Magazine/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - UNSPECIFIED DATE: American president John and Jackie Kennedy at the American Embassy during 1961 in Paris, France. (Photo by S010/COLLECTION SALINGER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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Frank Sinatra escorting Jacqueline Kennedy to her box at a gala, held at the National Guard Armory in Washington DC, the night before the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, 19th January 1961. The gala was staged by Sinatra to help pay off the campaign debts of Kennedy and the Democratic Party. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Portrait of American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1960 - 1999) in the Red Room of the White House, Washington DC, January 15, 1962. During the filming of a CBS News Special program called 'A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy,' she stands in front of an Alfred Wordsworth Thompson painting of the Civil War battle at Balls Bluff, Virginia. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
The President and Mrs. Kennedy attend a White House Ceremony February 19, 1963. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
First Lady Jackie Kennedy speaks to a guest while attending a White House ceremony January 8, 1963 in Washington, DC. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
UNITED STATES : A contemporary report ran: ?Caroline, five, moves into the big time. Big day for a small girl. The day she moved from the junior to the senior class. The day she rode not her own pony, Macaroni, but mother?s horse, Rufus, with her mother. The girl is Caroline Kennedy, five-year-old daughter of America?s President John Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline.? President Kennedy was assassinated later that year, on November 22. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
18th October 1968: Millionaire shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis (1906 - 1975) with his wife Jackie (Bouvier Kennedy, 1929 - 1994). (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Kennedy (left), John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Lee Rodziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis, Anthony Radziwill, and Tina Radziwill (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Onassis during Jackie Kennedy and Family Shopping in Capri - August 24, 1970 in Capri, Italy. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jackie Kennedy Onassis in Capri, Italy. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Washington, D.C. May 14th 1976. Jackie Onassis and Alexandrje Orfila at The Kennedy Center (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
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Here’s what some people think actually happened:

Second Shooter

One of the most common theories is Oswald, reportedly a terrible shot during his Marine Corps stint, wasn’t the only gunman to fire on Dealey Plaza that fateful day.

Conspiracy theorists have argued for decades that another shooter was on the grassy knoll overlooking the plaza — given the shot frequencies and the angles at which they hit JFK and Texas Gov. John Connally.

The Warren Commission, formed to probe the assassination, determined one of Oswald's three bullets struck Kennedy in the neck before ripping into the rib cage of Connally, who was sitting in front of JFK.

Critics have dubbed this a “Magic Bullet” theory, questioning practically every second and movement from when the bullet left Oswald’s Carcano Model 91/38 rifle to when it landed on Connally’s side.

Theory crackers have generally debunked the theory that there was a second shooter — or more bullets fired — citing, among other things, the famous homemade film taken by Abraham Zapruder.

 

Poison dart umbrella

Okay, so maybe no second rifle — but perhaps there was a dart-shooting umbrella.

That’s among the offshoot second gunman theories that arose in years after JFK’s death. Under this plan a man shot a poisonous dart at the President to weaken him and give Oswald a clean shot.

Congress tracked down the supposed dart shooter, Louis Steven Witt, when it was conducting its conspiracy probes in 1978.

Witt, a conservative Dallas-based insurance salesman, brought a black umbrella to Dealey Plaza as a nuanced political joke aimed to heckle the Kennedy family — whose patriarch was the highly criticized Ambassador to the U.K. during the rise of Nazi Germany.

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1927: Headshot portrait of John F Kennedy (1917-1963) at age ten, standing outdoors and wearing a suit with his hair slicked back. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Future President of the United States of America, John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) in London. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
American statesman John F Kennedy, later the 35th President of the United States (right), with Mr Borhum at a garden party at the White House, Washington DC. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
1st September 1939: Joe, Kathleen and John F Kennedy, the children of American Ambassador to Great Britain, Joseph P Kennedy, arriving at the Houses of Parliament in London. John later became the 35th President of the United States. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
A photo dated 1950's shows John F. Kennedy with his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 - 1963), the American president sitting in a rocking chair. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Senator John F Kennedy seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidential elections, which he went on to win. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
President John F. Kennedy speaks on the telephone August 23, 1962 in the Oval Office. (Photo by National Archive/Newsmakers)
Senator John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) is given a rousing ovation during his presidential campaign. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963), American president-elect, with his wife Jacqueline (1929 - 1994) at the christening of their son John F Jr. (1960 - 1999) in Washington. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) holds his first press conference, Washington D.C., 28th January 1961. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
17th February 1961: Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994), wife of US President John F Kennedy, and daughter Caroline relax together at home. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
1962: US statesman John F Kennedy, 35th president of the USA, making a speech. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963, left) with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (1894 - 1986) outside Government House in Hamilton, Bermuda, where they are holding talks, 22nd December 1961. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)
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Conspiracy theorists thought his motives were much more sinister, however, drawing up diagrams to show how an umbrella could shoot a dart.

“Has exhibit 405, the umbrella, ever contained a flechette, rocket, or dart?” Robert Genzman, counsel for the House committee investigating the assassination, asked Witt in 1978.

“Not since it’s been in my possession,” Witt replied.

 

The most famous mafia hit

Historians have argued JFK’s darker side goes beyond rumors of adultery.

The President’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was known to have ties to Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana, going back to their booze-smuggling days in the Prohibition era.

Suggestions that the elder Kennedy used this connection to help his son win Illinois in the 1960 election have been the source of their own conspiracy theories, with a cameo appearance by Frank Sinatra.

But the mafia was no fan of JFK in the White House, and had plenty of reasons to handle the 35th President, an October 2013 article in National Geographic suggests.

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(GERMANY OUT) Attentat / Kennedy-Attentat: Lee Harvey Oswald steht im Vorgarten eines amerikanischen Wohnhauses und hält ein Gewehr in der Hand. An der Seite trägt er eine Pistole mit Halfter. Mit der rechten Hand hält er sich ein Schriftstück, möglicherweise eine Zeitung, vor die Brust. Am 22. November 1963 tötet Oswald den amerikanischen Präsidenten bei einem Besuch im texanischen Bundesstaat Dallas. Nach seiner Verhaftung wird der 24-jährige von dem Nachtclubbesitzer Jack Ruby ermordet. Undatiertes Foto. (Photo by Thomas & Thomas/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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American president John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) is struck by an assassin's bullet as he travels through Dallas in a motorcade, 22nd November 1963. In the car next to him is his wife Jacqueline (1929 - 1994) and in the front seat is Texas governor John Connally. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The view from the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, from which Lee Harvey Oswald is thought to have assassinated President John F. Kennedy, 22nd November 1963. This photograph was taken approximately one hour after the assassination. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite reports President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, TX on Friday, November 22, 1963. (CBS via Getty Images)
23rd November 1963: Mugshot of Lee Harvey Oswald (1939 - 1963), alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, taken by the Dallas Police department, Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
In the aftermath of the assasination of US President John F. Kennedy, American politician and Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908 - 1973) takes the oath of office to become the 36th President of the United States as he is sworn in by US Federal Judge Sarah T. Hughes (1896 - 1985) (left) on the presidential aircraft, Air Force One, Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963. Kennedy's widow, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (later Onassis) stands beside him at right. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
Lee Harvey Oswald (1939 - 1963) (R), alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is detained by a police officer while under arrest, Dallas, Texas, November 1963. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A model used by the Warren Commission to illustrate three shots allegedly taken by Lee Harvey Oswald is seen in the Sixth Floor Museum formally the site of the Texas School Book Depository October 8, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The the Warren Commission, established by President Lyndon Johnson, studied and rep leased an official report on the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. November 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK in Dallas's Dealey Plaza. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Lee Harvey Oswald (1939 - 1963) (C) is taken into custody by police after allegedly shooting President John F Kennedy, Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
A map of Oak Cliff in Dallas, showing the location of eyewitnesses to the movements of Lee Harvey Oswald in the vicinity of the killing of police officer J. D. Tippit, 22nd November 1963. Tippit was shot by Oswald whilst attempting to bring him in for questioning in relation to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Among them was the Kennedy administration’s failure to overthrow the Castro regime in Cuba, which ousted the mob’s casino and hotel industry during its communist revolution. Business, after all, was so lucrative before Fidel Castro took over that it was a subplot of “The Godfather: Part II.”

Another possible motive, National Geographic noted, was Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s investigation into organized crime’s influence over unions, particularly the powerful teamsters union, which was headed by Jimmy Hoffa — whose mysterious disappearance in 1975 has its own theories.

A 1979 House of Representatives probe determined Kennedy’s death was likely the result of a conspiracy, but didn’t believe it was the doings of organized crime.

 

CIA operation

Of course that doesn’t mean an equally powerful entity could have done the deed.

A common hypothesis argues the Central Intelligence Agency killed Kennedy before he could undo the shadowy government body.

“The problem is, of all of them, this is one I can't debunk,” reputed JFK conspiracy skeptic Dave Perry told CNN in 2013.

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1927: Headshot portrait of John F Kennedy (1917-1963) at age ten, standing outdoors and wearing a suit with his hair slicked back. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Joseph P. Kennedy, U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain (L), poses for newspapermen when he arrived on the S.S. Queen Mary. He is 'not', he said, 'particularly optimistic about peace in Europe.' With him is his son, John Kennedy, who went down the bay to meet him on board ship.
27th September 1938: John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) sits with his hands on a desk while attending Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
John Kennedy, on the S.S. Queen Mary, about to visit members of his family in London.
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Portrait of John F Kennedy, future US senator and president, wearing his U.S. Navy uniform and posing with his hands in his lap, World War II (1939-1945), circa 1940. During the war, Kennedy served as a PT boat commander in the Pacific, earning medals for rescuing most of his crew after their boat was sunk in action. (Photo by Frank Turgent/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
6/11/1944-Washington, DC: The Navy and Marine Corps medal has been awarded to Lt.John F. Kennedy son of the former American Ambassador to Britain, for 'extremely heroic conduct' when his PT boat was cut in two and sunk by a Jap destroyer. A juior lieutenant and skipper of the PT at the time of the action (August, 1943), Lt. Kennedy swam through shark infested Soloman Island waters to rescue members of his crew. Then the Naval officer and his men made their way to a tiny Island where they were hidden by natives until another PT boat from their base made a daring trip in to enemy help waters to rescue the survivors.
(Original Caption) John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.), with his sister, Eunice, shown in kennedy apartment in Washington.
(Original Caption) 9/13/1953-Newport, RI: Hundreds jammed outside the century-old church of St. Mary's in Newport, to catch a glimpse of Senator John F. Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier after their wedding yesterday. The Massachusetts Senator is the son of the former ambassador to the court of St. James, Joseph P. Kennedy.
(Original Caption) Mr. and Mrs. John F. Kennedy and wedding party after church ceremony. Photo.
(Original Caption) 9/12/1953-Newport RI- The wedding party poses at Hammersmith Farm after the ceremony at St. Mary's Church in Newport, RI, September 12, which united Senator John F. Kennedy, 36, with lovely Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, 24(center). Hammersmith Farm belongs to the Bride's Grandfather. Kennedy is the son of the multi-millionare former Ambassador to Great Britain. The couple met in Washington while Mrs. Kennedy was employed as an inquiring photographer for a Washington newspaper.
(Original Caption) Newport, RI: Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and his bride, the former Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, cut their wedding cake after their marriage yesterday at St. Mary's Church in Newport.
(Original Caption) Mr and Mrs. John F. Kennedy cutting their wedding cake.
(Original Caption) Senator John F. Kennedy gestures during a conversation with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in a rare public appearance together at Brandeis university here, 2nd. They appeared for a taped telecast in which they exchanged views on developments that threaten the western alliance today. Hours earlier, in Washington, D.C., Kennedy officially announced his intent to sees the Democratic presidential nomination.
(Original Caption) On the 2nd anniversary of the death of Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., son of former Ambassador to England, his family presented a check for $600,000 to Archbishop Richard J. Cushing for the erection of a convalescent home for children of the poor, which will bear the name of the Naval hero. Left to right are John Wright, Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, the Archbishop, Mother Emile Ange, and Sister St. Hubert, both of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.
(Original Caption) Rep. John Kennedy, D, MA, said he believed it would be impossible to incorporate Western Germany into the European defense set-up for '18 months to two years from now.' Kennedy is seen seated at desk, talking. Complete Caption in Envelope
U.S. senator John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and his wife, Jacqueline (1929 - 1994), sit on the grass in front of their home, Hyannis, Massachusetts, 1953. They had just married. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1953: United States Senator John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) helping his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1929 - 1994), adjust a camera in front of their home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
HYANNIS PORT, MA - JUNE 1953: Senator John F. Kennedy and fiance Jacqueline Bouvier go sailing while on vacation at the Kennedy compound in June 1953 in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. (Photo by Hy Peskin/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 7/28/1953- Hynannisport, MA: Up with the sail. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, Democratic presidential nominee, is shown with his wife, then fiancee, Miss Jacqueline Bouvier, as they adjust the rigging on a small boat in this photo filed June 28th, 1953.
Senator John F. Kennedy, who was operated on for a spinal condition last October 21, is shown being lifted into an ambulance after leaving New York's hospital for special surgery today. The Hospital which said Senator Kennedy's condition remains 'good', announced that he will spend a period of several months convalescing at the Palm Beach home of his Father, former ambassador to Britain, Joseph P. Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy, watches the transfer to the ambulance.
Senator John F. Kennedy sits beside wife Jackie in Hyannisport. Kennedy is about to embark on a campaign tour for the presidential elections.
(Original Caption) Senator and Mrs. John F. Kennedy chat with potential voters as they walk along the main street of Nashua surrounded by Placard-bearing boosters here January 25th. Mrs. Kennedy joined the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts for his 'invasion' of New Hampshire with a view to winning the State's primary in the race for Presidential nomination.
(Original Caption) Robert F. Kennedy (left), counsel of the Senate Committee on Racketeering in Labor and Industry, and his brother John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), a member of the committee, confer at the hearing in Washington yesterday which heard testimony about the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The Senate investigators heard how $30,000 in funds belonging to a Spokane, Washington, local of the Teamsters had been lent to a friend of the son of Dave Beck, the Union's President, to finance a Seattle tavern.
John F. Kennedy walks with three other men as he attends a St. Patrick's Day parade in south Boston. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Senator-elect John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts).
John F. Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy at the beach. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy painting at an easel while Jacqueline Kennedy looks over his shoulder. Palm Beach, Florida, 1955. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Kennedy family at Thanksgiving at Hyannisport, Massachusetts, 1948. From left: John F. Kennedy, Jean Ann Smith, Rose Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy Sr., Patricia Lawford, Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice Mary Shriver, Edward Kennedy (squatting). (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
John F Kennedy with Patricia and Peter Lawford (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy at the Mclellan hearings, regarding labor racketeering charges against the Teamsters Union, led by Jimmy Hoffa. May 1957. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Senator John F. Kennedy and brother Robert F. Kennedy conferring in a hallway, August 4, 1959. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
John F. Kennedy giving directions to his secretary Evelyn Lincoln. August 4, 1959. (Photo by � CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
November 22, 1993 will mark the 30th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally ride through Dallas moments before Kennedy was assassinated, November 22, 1963
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Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy stands before the crowds at the Democratic National Convention, where he accepts nomination for president.
American politician Senator (and future US President) John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) addresses the Democratic National Convention after being his nomination for President, Los Angeles, California, July 13, 1960. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
Senator and Democratic presidential nominee, John F. Kennedy, addresses a crowd in Detroit's Cadillac Square.
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(Original Caption) Francis Cardinal Spellman (center) is flanked by the two Presidential aspirants, Senator John F. Kennedy (Left) and Vice President Richard M. Nixon as they attended the Alfred E. Smith memorial dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel here. October 19th. Earlier, Nixon accused Kennedy of a series of 'miss statements and distortions' and issued a lengthy campaign documents aimed at refusing the Democratic candidate's claims.
President-elect John F. Kennedy shakes hands with Father Richard J. Casey after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, prior to inauguration ceremonies, January 20, 1961. (Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
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Test pilots of the X-15 rocket plane watch as President John F. Kennedy awards the Harmon International Trophy to NASA at the White House. The X-15 rocket plane, built by North American Aviation, was used in a joint project by the United States Air Force and NASA to do preparatory research for manned space flight in the early 1960s. (Photo by Dean Conger/Corbis via Getty Images)
President John Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower at Camp David, 1962. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) John and Jackie Kennedy and their two children, Caroline and John Jr. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)
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Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband Senator John F. Kennedy sit on a lounge chair at their summer home. Jacqueline reads to her daughter Caroline from a book.
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CAMBRIDGE, MA - JUNE 16: From left, Senator John F. Kennedy; Bradford Washburn, director of the Science Museum; and David Rockefeller stand at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., on June 16, 1960. Kennedy was on campus for an overseers meeting (Photo by Jack O'Connell/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Major General Joseph Mobutu, the Commander in Chief of the Congolese armed forces with the American President John F. Kennedy during a 1963 visit to the White House. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
- PHOTO TAKEN 22NOV1963 - President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy walk down the steps of Air Force One as they arrive at Love Field in Dallas, Texas less than an hour before his assassination in this November 22, 1963 photo by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton obtained from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. The 40th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination will be on November 22, 2003. ??? USE ONLY (Credit : JFK Library/The White House/Cecil Stoughton)
(Original Caption) Hyannisport, MA.: Followed by a small crowd, Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline, stroll along pier going to their yacht Marlin for a cruise on Nantucket Sound.
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As the semi-professional debunker recalled: JFK apparently mulled shuttering the CIA in the early 1960s after discovering its plans to kill Castro alond with other operations.

The theory could be shored up by the fact that ex-CIA chief Allen Dulles sat on the Warren Commission, Perry told the network, which ultimately deemed the Soviet Union-backing Oswald acted alone.

He pointed to a trip Oswald made to the Russian embassy in Mexico City just weeks before he killed Kennedy.

“It may have been something that they overheard involving him and the Russians,” Perry told CNN. “Or, maybe the CIA had Oswald on the payroll. He might have been a double agent.”

 

Ted Cruz’s father

At one of the bizarrest moments of the Republican Presidential primary season last year, Donald Trump accused opponent Ted Cruz of being the son of a Lee Harvey Oswald associate.

Trump was still just a primary candidate in 2016 when he suggested the Cuba-born Rafael Cruz worked with Oswald on the plan to kill Kennedy.

His support for this argument was a recent front-page story in the National Enquirer — owned by his pal David Pecker’s American Media Inc. — alleging Rafael Cruz was the man standing next to Oswald in a 1963 photograph of the future assassin passing out pro-Castro fliers in New Orleans.

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Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) stand in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) stand in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) arrives at St Mary's Church for her wedding to John F Kennedy, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) is escorted to St Mary's Church by her stepfather, Hugh D Auchincloss (1897 - 1976) for her wedding to John F Kennedy who walked her down the aisle, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
General view of the guests at the reception the newly wed future US President John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy , Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Elevated view as well-wishers gather around the car that carried newly wed future US President John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy to their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) hold hands as they cut the cake at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
View of the head table of at the Kennedy wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. Among those pictured are Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968) (seated, second left), bride Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (seated, center) (in a Battenburg wedding dress), groom and future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (seated second, right); standing behind them is Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921 - 2009). (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) stand in front of St Mary's Church after their wedding ceremony, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Portrait of future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) (middle row, center) and Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress), as they pose with their groomsmen, among them Kennedy's brothers Ted Kennedy (1932 - 2009) (middle row, left) and Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968) (middle row, second right) on the day of his wedding, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
View from behind of Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) (in a Battenburg wedding dress) as she dances with her husband, future US President John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963) at their wedding reception, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEWPORT, RI - SEPTEMBER 12: Senator Leverett Saltonstall congratulates Sen. John F. Kennedy at the wedding reception as Kennedy's wife, Jacqueline Bouvier, looks on, Sept. 12, 1953. (Photo by Charles McCormick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
American future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 - 1994) poses with her husband politician and future US President John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) immediately after their wedding at Hammerstein Farm Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jacqueline Bouvier (C), bride of Sen. John F. Kennedy, wearing a gorgeous off-the-shoulder wedding dress. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline (C), standing with a group of ushers. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Flower girl Janet Auchincloss holding up a wedge of wedding cake for bridegroom Sen. John Kennedy as her half-sister bride Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy looks on in amusement at table during formal luncheon at their wedding reception at her mother's estate. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Sen. John Kennedy & his bride Jacqueline in their wedding attire, as they sit down together at table to begin eating a pineapple salad at formally set table outdoors at their wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Former US Amb. to Great Britain Joseph Kennedy, dancing with son John F. Kennedy's bride, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, at their wedding reception held at her mother's home. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
A little girl smelling a flower at John F. Kennedy's wedding reception. (Photo by Lisa Larsen/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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