A Deep Dive into the JFK Assassination and Its Complex Web of Conspiracy Theories

By Jack Ripley | December 13, 2023

Oswald was shot on live television two days after the assassination.

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On November 24, 1963, just two days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters. The shocking incident unfolded during a chaotic moment when Oswald was being transferred from one location to another. Ruby, known to have connections to organized crime, emerged from the crowd and fired a single shot at Oswald, who was in police custody for the murder of Kennedy. The shooting was captured on live television, adding to the already heightened national sense of disbelief and confusion. Ruby's motive for the shooting remains a subject of speculation and debate, with theories ranging from a desire for revenge to an effort to silence Oswald and prevent him from revealing any potential conspiracy behind the assassination.

Theorists believe that the Soviet Union was afraid of President Kennedy's plans to increase the number of American troops in West Berlin.

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Following the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald for the assassination of President Kennedy, questions arose regarding the significance of Oswald's prior defection to the Soviet Union and his activities during his time there from October 1959 to June 1962.

To understand the context, it is crucial to examine the state of Soviet-American relations in the 1960s. During President Kennedy's tenure, tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were palpable. The two superpowers found themselves in major confrontations, such as the Berlin issue, where the Berlin Wall became a symbol of division, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, which brought the world dangerously close to nuclear war.

While a nuclear test-ban treaty in August 1963 provided a glimmer of hope for détente, tensions resurfaced in November as the Soviets engaged in provocations, including harassing American troop movements in and out of West Berlin. The Cuba situation remained a contentious matter as well. President Kennedy made it clear on November 18 in Miami that the United States would not tolerate the establishment of another Cuba in the Western Hemisphere.

The Warren Commission, tasked with investigating the assassination, considered the possibility of Soviet involvement but ultimately concluded that there was no evidence to support such claims. The Commission's report highlighted that this conclusion was shared by high-ranking officials, including Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, among others. Rusk testified before the Commission on June 10, 1964:

I have seen no evidence that would indicate to me that the Soviet Union considered that it had any interest in the removal of President Kennedy ...I can't see how it could be to the interest of the Soviet Union to make any such effort.