Did a lone assassin kill President Kennedy, or was it a conspiracy?

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On November 22, 1963, the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, his wife Jackie, and the governor of Texas, John Connally, drove through Dallas, Texas in an open car. When the car turned the corner, 3 gunshots were fired and president Kennedy was killed by fatal wounds to his neck and head, while Connally was badly injured by shots to his thigh, wrist, and chest. There were sightings of an armed man in the window of the Texas School Book Depository, who turned out to be Lee Harvey Oswald. On November 24, 1963, Jack Ruby, who claimed to be a strong admirer of president Kennedy, though has also been connected to the mafia, shot Oswald to death. The Warren Commission Report ruled that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of John F. Kennedy, but many people still thought Oswald was one of many conspirators against Kennedy.

After exploring the evidence, it is clear that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of John F. Kennedy because he was a disturbed person, had access to the shooting location, and acted very suspiciously after the murder.

Even from the beginning of his childhood, Lee Harvey Oswald was a very disturbed person. The murder of John F. Kennedy is said to be the “act of a man who for a long time had harbored wild thoughts but had kept them hidden, churning deep within himself” (Thomson 37). His old teachers and classmates say that he was always alone and loved to read books even at an early age. One of many contributing factors to his strange personality could have been that his father died before he was born, leaving him, his mother, and his two older brothers in poverty. After his arrest, his mother told the police that...