ON THE TRAIL OF THE JFK ASSASSINS

A GROUNDBREAKING LOOK AT AMERICA'S MOST INFAMOUS CONSPIRACY BY DICK RUSSELL

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Forty-five years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, the mystery of what really happened in Dallas continues to haunt the imaginations of millions of Americans. Consider the events of the past two years alone:

• A new study by Italian weapons experts, test-firing the identical Mannlicher-Carcano rifle said to have been used by Lee Harvey Oswald, concluded that it would have been impossible even for an accomplished marksman to fire three shots quickly enough to have killed the president. Thus, Oswald could not have acted alone.

• Another study, by researchers at Texas A&M University, conducted a chemical and forensic analysis on the type of ammunition Oswald used. It found that the bullet fragments involved in the assassination are not nearly as rare as experts had reported. Thus, evidence said to rule out a second gunman proves fundamentally flawed.

• E. Howard Hunt, Jr., the Watergate burglar who had long denied any knowledge of the assassination, revealed in his autobiography and, shortly before his death, in more detail to his son-that he was aware of a conspiracy involving Vice President Johnson, the CIA, Cuban exiles, and a French gunman on the grassy knoll.

• The CIA continued to stonewall a court order to explain its refusal to release records on George Joannides, in 1963 the chief of psychological warfare operations at the agency's Miami station and the case officer for a Cuban exile group (the DRE) with long-established ties to Oswald.

• The Dallas County district attorney's office discovered a trove of records about the assassination inside an old safe in a courthouse. The transcript of an alleged conversation between Oswald and his slayer, Jack Ruby, discussing a plot to kill the president was apparently not a smoking gun but a recreation for a possible movie. However, the announcement made headlines around the world...

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