Local Residents on JFK "Conspiracy"
There are conspiracy theories concerning many of the major events in the world, like the death of Julius Caesar and the 9/11 attacks. But the theories surrounding John F Kennedy's assassination suggest there may have been another shooter.
On this day 50 years ago, Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed the President... or at least that's all that's been proven. Conspiracy theories started circulating the day JFK was shot and they haven't stopped. Rick Cipullo does not believe everything he hears. "I have mixed feelings, I actually was taught by Cyril Wecht in law school and he was the one that performed the autopsy and he believed in a conspiracy theory." And on that fateful afternoon he found it hard to believe the President was really going to die. "He was injured and he was in the hospital and there may be a recovery not withstanding that it was very alarming, it didnt set in that he was going to die" Cipullo said.
Victoria Pagan is a professor at the University of Florida and has written two books about various conspiracy theories. She said, "the idea the one person as insignificant as Lee Harvey Oswald that could pull off something that would change the whole world is hard for people to understand and hard for people to accept so they return to the story to try and fill in those missing gaps." And thats where conspiracy theories start. Pagan added "people don't like to be left in the dark and they don't like not knowing something...the assassination of jfk stands out because it was so traumatic for so many americans and he was dearly beloved and it was so unexpected."
And hit people like Ron Owen hard. He doesn't believe any of the conspiracy theories-- but admits there was a lot of ground to build one on. "The warren commission did a mediocre job of investigating it and left gaps that gave these conspiracy theorists something to plant a flag in."
John F Kennedy did visit North Central Florida in 1957. As a U.S. Senator he had already begun a quiet campaign for President. While here he made two speeches, one at the Florida Blue Key banquet, and the next day to the law school fraternity. we will have an interview with someone who was there tomorrow night.
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