Today marks exactly 50 years since President John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. The event still conjures up old feelings of horror and sadness for those who remember it.
The assassination was captured on a home movie camera belonging to Abraham Zapruder, and experts have analyzed each grainy frame in an attempt to make sense of the tragedy.
Of course, the official story is that Lee Harvey Oswald was a 24-year-old lunatic assassin who killed Kennedy on his own. That version of events has long been rejected by Americans. It never made sense from any angle.
Why would Oswald do it? How could he fire three shots with pinpoint accuracy in six seconds with a World War II era rifle? Why did Kennedy’s head move backwards when he was hit, if his assassin was behind him? How could one bullet cause seven wounds in two men with almost no damage to the bullet?
Why was Oswald guarded so poorly that Jack Ruby could simply walk up and kill him – forever silencing the one man who could shed light on the tragedy? What was Ruby’s motive? And those are just a few of the questions surrounding the murder that may never be resolved.
Jack Kennedy was far more than his assassination – both good and bad. One of the saddest things about his death is that this is how he is remembered today, which is almost certainly not what he would have wanted. So here is a picture from a happier day that shows Kennedy as he would probably like to have been seen.