Kennedy tragedy lingers, 50 years later

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.

A frame from the Zapruder film

A frame from the Zapruder film

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.

The last photograph of JFK before his murder

The last photograph of JFK before his murder

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.

"I'm just the patsy!" Oswald shouted to journalists crowding around him

“I’m just the patsy!” Oswald shouted to journalists crowding around him

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?

The first televised murder in history: Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey Oswald

The first televised murder in history: Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey Oswald

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.

Jackie Kennedy still wearing her blood-stained suit, clasps her brother-in-law's hand as she arrives in Washington, D.C.

Jackie Kennedy still wearing her blood-stained suit, clasps Robert Kennedy’s hand as she arrives in Washington, D.C. Her brother-in-law was also murdered 5 years later.

Three-year-old John F. Kennedy, Jr. salutes, as his father's casket passes.

Three-year-old John F. Kennedy, Jr. salutes, as his father’s casket passes.

The eternal flame that burns where JFK rests today

The eternal flame that burns where JFK rests today

 

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.

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