Who Killed JFK?
Posted: October 30, 2013
Come to Historians’ Roundtable Nov. 22 at MHCC
Patrick Casey stands in front of the Texas School Book Depository. The window from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kennedy is located on the sixth floor, one down from the roof, on the far right edge of the building.
Was Lee Harvey Oswald the lone assassin of President John F. Kennedy? Or, was there another shooter on that fateful day in Dallas, Texas 50 years ago?
Join Patrick Casey, MHCC history instructor, at Historians’ Roundtable, Nov. 22 (the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination), noon – 1 p.m. in room AC2755 on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. After a short presentation, Casey will answer questions about classic assassination issues such as medical, ballistic and photographic evidence; alleged government cover-ups and other topics. His main goal, however, is to describe the basics of the Warren Commission’s conclusion: Oswald did it and he acted alone. Casey will also address conspiracy theories and why at least 75 percent of Americans believe them.
Historians’ Roundtable is free and open to students, MHCC employees and the community.
“I have been a student of the Kennedy assassination for more than 35 years, the first 20 as a conspiracy theorist, but now I’ve come to believe that Oswald acted alone,” says Casey.
In 1977, while in college, he attended a football game in Dallas, Texas, and went to Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination. “That got me hooked,” he says.
He read everything he could find, especially pro-conspiracy works such as Mark Lane’s Rush to Judgment, Josiah Thompson’s Six Seconds in Dallas, Sylvia Meagher’s Accessories After the Fact and dozens of other works. He subscribed to pro-conspiracy organizations and attended pro-conspiracy conferences in Dallas.
Like the learned historian and scholar that he is, Casey decided to devote the same energy and open-mindedness into researching the viewpoint that Oswald acted alone. Several books later, including Norman Mailer’s Oswald’s Ghost and the Warren Commission Report, followed by his own critical analysis, Casey experienced a change of heart. He is now convinced that Oswald was the only gunman.
“Over the years, I have tried to stay current on the topic, but with more than 2,000 books, articles and websites focusing on some aspect of the assassination, that’s virtually impossible,” Casey says. “My own library runs into the hundreds of books, covering 24 feet of shelf space.”
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