The 1964 Warren Commission determined the Nov. 22, 1963, death of JFK was the work of Lee Harvey Oswald. In ’78, the government said there was likely a 2nd shooter. This spawned conspiracy theories on who was really to blame. Here are the top 5.
Supposed evidence: The Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis embarrassed Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev so he struck back; and Lee Harvey Oswald’s connection to the Soviet Union. He once lived and visited there and married a Russian woman.
JFK’s botched Bay of Pigs invasion prevented the mafia from returning their organized crime to Cuba. Plus, the mob hated JFK’s crusading younger brother Atty. General Robert Kennedy. Jack Ruby, Oswald’s killer, also had mafia ties.
The theory: U.S. agents tried to kill Fidel Castro, so Castro repaid the honor and had JFK killed. President Lyndon Johnson even said in 1968 that “(JFK) was trying to get Castro, but Castro got him first.” Castro called this “absolute insanity.”
The theory: LBJ wanted the presidency and got help from the CIA, who believed they would profit more under his administration. Legend has it future president George H.W. Bush aided the plot as a CIA official in Dallas on the day of JFK’s death.
The CIA is almost always involved in these myths. One theory: Oswald was a CIA agent and the CIA tampered with his FBI file before and after the investigation to make it appear he was a communist and lone wolf. (ALL: Getty Images/ABC News content)