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L.H. Oswald claimed he was innocent and didn't kill J.F. Kennedy. There are various theories on what could have happened that day, but I didn't "study" all the evidence and research, so I don't know what really happened.

The ten-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963–1964 concluded that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone and that Jack Ruby acted alone when he killed Oswald before he could stand trial. These conclusions were initially supported by the American public; however, polls conducted from 1966 to 2004 found that as many as 80 percent of Americans have suspected that there was a plot or cover-up.

Is the Warren Commission conclusion that Oswald killed Kennedy supported by factual evidence, or is there reasonable space for some doubt and/or alternative theories?

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I don't think this can be objectively answered. All the facts that are available are already available and the jury is out. This is more of a discussion type question. –  xiaohouzi79 Jul 5 '11 at 1:20
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@xiaohouzi79: so why is this question allowed and nobody protests: skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/2971/… –  Richard Rodriguez Jul 5 '11 at 1:21
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@xiahouzi79: Questions to which the answer is "we don't know" are explicitly permitted. –  Patches Jul 5 '11 at 8:58
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@rim I made this question much more clear, whilst I believe respecting your original intentions. Although we permit "we don't know" questions, that shouldn't be because the question is not properly posed. –  Sklivvz Jul 5 '11 at 11:42
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@xiaohouzi79: Totally agree, but given our current "bylaws," if you will, it's still okay to ask, and the result is just people being people. The best that could happen now is, "We probably won't know for sure until all associated documents are unclassified, but given what we do know, yes, he really killed him. Here's why." And then have a mod lock it down if the arguments start up. It's not the best system, and maybe we need to amend the overall rules for situations like this (contentious issue flag, not fully answerable flag, etc, I dunno), but it's what we have right now. –  erekalper Jul 8 '11 at 12:55

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While it's true that the Warren Commission was run in a somewhat hasty manner, I see no reason to doubt its conclusion after reading through the research done since then. Both sides are absolutely obsessive about it, so there is a lot of confusing material to go through. Probably the clearest and most through is the JFK assassination website of John McAdams, a professor of political science.

Many of the doubts come from people finding it hard to believe that only one person fired the shot, based on the details of the crime scene. A rather infamous simulation of the assination, JFK: Reloaded, shows that all of the known details, when put together, are absolutely possible.

The argument I find most convincing is to compare the kinds of motive ascribed to the shooters in each instance. Conspiracy theorists are all over the map when describing why JFK was killed, from getting killed by businessmen because he was working to take apart the Federal Reserve to some kind of Mob hit (Wikipedia goes over all of them). Lee Harvey Oswald's story is more clear. He was a communist who aspired to be a spy for either the Soviets or Cuba, but neither country wanted anything to do with him. Deeply depressed, he plans to assassinate the president, something that was essentially suicide. While there is hardly a large sample size, depression is a common trait when you look at other lone-nut assassins (see Samuel Byck and Dan White).

The definitive answer here isn't "I don't know", it's "The Warren Commission was right".

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IMHO the single bullet theory is the weakest point of the official theory. However I can not say what really happened. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-bullet_theory) –  daniel.sedlacek Dec 1 '13 at 14:46

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