Bullet Conspriracies: Did Lee Harvey Oswald kill JFK?

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I. Bullet Conspiracies

The Warren Commission Report concluded that the shots that killed president John F. Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally were fired from the sixth floor window at the southeast corner of the Texas School Depository. They also concluded that there was no credible evidence that the shots were fired from the Triple Underpass, ahead of the motorcade, or from any other location and that evidence indicated that only three shots had been fired. The shots that killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally were fired by one person. Lee Harvey Oswald. The Warren Commission also stated within their reports that "in its entire investigation, the Commission had found no evidence of conspiracy, subversion, or disloyalty to the United States by any Federal, State, or local official and that on the basis of the evidence before the Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone."

On the other hand, the HSCA Committee reported that they believed, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F.

Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy but that they were unable to identify any other gunmen or the extent of a conspiracy. However, it should also be noted that the Warren Commission and the HSCA had differing opinions on what a conspiracy consisted of, so each group is essentially correct in their findings since they both had differing definitions for the word "conspiracy."

Both of these investigative committees used quite a bit of eyewitness testimony to try to pinpoint how many shots were fired, where they were fired from, and who fired the shots. I think that it was unwise of anybody to rely on any witness testimonies to try to pinpoint how many bullets were shot and other such information related to or dealing...