Probably no event in modern history has had the same political impact as the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, President John. F. Kennedy, on 22nd November 1963.
The event itself, coupled with the sensational public killing of Kennedy’s alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, generated ongoing controversy that has shown little sign of abating down the years. The main official investigation – as presented in the Warren Commission – concluded that President Kennedy had been assassinated by Oswald, acting alone, and that Oswald had been killed by Jack Ruby, also acting alone, two days later.
However the Warren Commission did little to settle the controversy and ever since there have been innumerable theories and counter explanations to explain the tragedy.
However one of the more credible of these emerged in 2017 when a documentary was released in selected theatres across the United States called “I Killed JFK”. It contains sensational new angles on the assassination – including an amazing confession from a man who claims to have actually pulled the trigger.
Mafia hit man James Files claims that he was the man on the grassy knoll that fired the fatal bullet and that another Mafia operative, Charles “Chuckie” Nicoletti hit Kennedy with another round after firing from the nearby book repository. Files clams that Oswald “never fired a shot”. The Mafia were reportedly angry with the Kennedy administration for its vigorous pursuit of organized crime at the time.
“I Killed JFK” produces convincing evidence that backs up Files’ story, including interviews with eyewitnesses, FBI agents and other law enforcement officials, that paint a credible alternative explanation to the Warren Commission findings.
The assassination will never be explained to the satisfaction of everyone, but we have in “I Killed JFK” a viewpoint that many will find convincing, and should eventually form a useful contribution to the debate that has raged ever since that fateful day in November 1963.
Image: John F. Kennedy, White House photo portrait, looking up, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.