Robert Kennedy, Jr. said in Dallas recently he believes the evidence was strong Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
His remarks were the first time a Kennedy family member has publicly criticized the Warren Report. The crowd at the Winspear Opera House Friday evening was stunned by the unexpected comments indicating Kennedy’s belief there was a conspiracy connected with the assassination.
Kennedy was speaking recently at the opening of festivities remembering the 50th anniversary of the assassination of his uncle on Nov. 22, 1963. His father Robert Kennedy was JFK’s brother.
“My father believed the Warren Commission investigation was shoddy, and he was dismissive of it in private,” Kennedy further said.
Kennedy further said his dad hired investigators to look into the matter. He didn’t go public with his beliefs at the time because his father was concerned it might slow down the Civil Rights movement.
His father Robert Kennedy would later be elected Senator from New York and then also be tragically assassinated as he ran for president.
Kennedy also told interviewer Charlie Rose that there was considerable communication between Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby which mentioned a virtual hall of fame of mafia figures.
As Attorney General, his father Robert actively pursued prosecution of organized crime figures.
Kennedy said he thought the possibility there was mafia involvement in JFK’s assassination did cause his dad to feel some guilt about it.
Kennedy further said his dad spent the year following the assassination in reflection and grief.
He further said his dad read Catholic scholars, Greek philosophers, poets and other materials in an attempt to come to grips with how such a terrible thing could be allowed to happen.
Kennedy also said, “I think the evidence is very, very strong today that a lone gunman did not commit the assassination.”
Kennedy was with his sister Rory to begin a year of activities honoring JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Big D.
There is no dispute the president’s motorcade was traveling at a really slow rate of speed along the winding course it followed through downtown Dallas toward the president’s date with death at Dealey Plaza.
Many eyewitnesses pointed to the grassy knoll area in front of the president’s limousine at the time the Warren Report officially declared Lee Harvey Oswald was shooting President Kennedy from behind from inside the Texas Schoolbook Depository.
Eyewitness accounts that Kennedy was shot from the grassy knoll area or the overpass ahead of his vehicle were all discounted or ignored by the Warren Commission Report which concluded Oswald acted alone.
Brother Robert was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968 after receiving news he’d won the California primary in his bid to become president.
President Kennedy was only in office 1,038 days.
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