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-Nick “Cash” Nelson
John F. Kennedy was one of the most revered public leaders of our time. Popular, handsome and knowledgeable, he took the nation by storm. However, his assassination in November of 1963 is shrouded in mystery, speculation, and conspiracy theories. One of those theories is examined in Oliver Stone’s JFK. It will be the job of the following few posts to show in a clear, objective manner that Oliver Stone, though adamant in his beliefs, is ultimately wrong with his theories and ideas.
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- John F. Kennedy – President. Elected in 1960, killed in 1963. Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. There are theories abounding as to why Kennedy was killed, and whether or not it was part of a conspiracy.
- Lee Harvey Oswald – JFK’s assassin. If taking the Warren Report as absolute truth, Oswald acted alone. He was shot and killed two days after Kennedy’s death, by Jack Ruby.
- Jack Ruby – Oswald’s murderer. When Oswald was being transferred from police HQ to the county jail, Ruby pulled out a pistol and shot Oswald in the stomach, a spectacle that was captured on live television. Oswald died in the same hospital as Kennedy had just two days before.
- The Warren Commission – The Congressional committee responsible for determining the final say in Kennedy’s death. They concluded that he was shot by Oswald alone.
- Jim Garrison – New Orleans D.A. who attempted to convict Clay Shaw on charges of conspiracy to assassinate the President. While Garrison’s case was unsuccessful, it served as inspiration for his book On The Trail Of The Assassins, serving as major basis for Oliver Stone’s film JFK.
- Clay Shaw/David Ferrie – The men accused of conspiring with Oswald in the assassination. Ferrie could not be brought to court in his involvement, due to a fatal brain hemorrhage in 1967. The case first took to trial in January 1969. Shaw was found not guilty in his involvement in Kennedy’s death. The jury took less than an hour to acquit him.
- JFK was killed by an assassin’s bullet. He WAS killed in Dallas, TX, and the time of death was, in fact, 1:00 CST. Amidst the conspiracies and wild theories, Stone maintained the basic details.
- The characters were all real people. Jim Garrison, David Ferrie, Clay Shaw, Garrison’s law firm staff, Jack Ruby, the Senators. They were, however, greatly reinvented for the movie.
- Clay Shaw’s trial wasn’t taken very seriously in real life, either. As stated earlier, Shaw was acquitted in less than an hour.
- The chronology was all correct, down to the smaller details. (Oswald’s death and Dr. King’s assassination both happened at the same time as they were occurring in the film.)