Today in Texas History – September 24

From the Annals of Assassination – In 1964, the Warren Commission, headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren, delivered its report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which had occurred on November 22, 1963, in Dallas. The task was made difficult by the sheer incompetence of the Dallas Police Department.  The DPD had failed to protect, the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was in turn murdered by Jack Ruby, before any real investigation could be started.  The resulting turmoil and speculation, led LBJ to form the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy to investigate Kennedy’s death – which became known as the Warren Commission.  The WC concluded that Oswald had acted alone and that the Secret Service had failed to adequately protect the President.

The WC’s findings which were riddled with inconsistencies did little to stop the numerous conspiracy theories as to who was actually responsible.  The WC’s conclusion that Oswald was a “lone gunman” was disputed by many who witnessed the attack and others whose research found conflicting details in the commission’s report. To many, the assassination of JFK remains the great unsolved mystery of our time.  For his part, Red is particularly fond of the Joe DiMaggio theory.


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