Mr. 2ndDivisionVet I have read your views on different topics and you certainly have credibility and deserve respect. For many years I was open to and leaning to belief in a conspiracy in the JFK assassination. I remember the Blakey committee, I remember the first time the Zapruder film was aired by Geraldo on his ABC show nearly 40 years ago, I remember the 5 part documentary ‘The Men Who Killed Kennedy’ on Discovery 20+ years ago, and story of the mob lawyer Ragano who claimed Santo Trafficante confessed to the assassination on his deathbed years ago, and countless other theories. I just saw a couple weeks ago on NatGeo a new theory that a Secret Service mistakenly blew the president’s brains out during the frantic commotion after Kennedy was first hit.
I understand and respect your doubts. After all these many years, this is the most examined crime in American history. In spite of all the many theories, The Warren Commission report still fundamentally holds up. Former President Gerald Ford was on that commission and rose to become president himself. Never once in the 45 years he lived after the assassination did Gerald Ford ever waver from his endorsement of that commission’s findings. Nobody else could possibly have been in a position to know and conceal facts that support any different conclusion. He became president himself, and if he knew and covered up facts that he surely would become privy to, then President Ford would also be complicit in the cover-up and conspiracy. Also I checked out the Gerald Posner book on the subject about 20 years ago and his conclusions also hold up very well.
Having said that, skepticism is good and you are worthy of respect, not derision. After all these years I believe strongly that Kennedy was killed by a crazed, young Communist loser. Hard to believe today that a 24 year old punk could pull that off, but things were different then.
Having said that, LBJ was an odious narcissist who would do anything to force his ambitions. It is very reasonable to suspect him. He created the Great Society disaster to buy the love of the Left, and thought he was so smart and powerful and heroic he could win Viet Nam through his own skills of intimidation and abuse of power. He is truly a tragic figure and a failure. Still, in spite of his shortcomings, I believe President Ford and believe Oswald did it all by himself. It would take an awful lot of hard evidence and corroboration to discredit that and after 50 years and an awful lot of investigation and analysis I just don’t see it.