I am a low level office worker. Attended community college and graduated from state university. I was never a University fellow or an Ivy League professor. Never member of a “think tank.” I am simply someone who has objectively, with an open mind, probed the JFK assassination for 30 out of my 50 years of existence. I am not a conspiracy theorist.
I am angry that after 50 years the media of my country still clings to the Warren Commission conclusion of what really happened on November 22, 1963. That Lee Harvey Oswald pumped three shots into President Kennedy, killing him all by himself with a cheap Italian rifle.
As a young kid I believed President Kennedy was a god. I read the Life magazines and newspapers my parents saved. I read books on his life and tragic death, Kennedy was good and wanted to do good and was stopped by a bad man who hated him.
As a teenager I continued to deify JFK and his brother Bobby. The Kennedy’s were gods who were exterminated by evil.
Today, I believe President Kennedy was not a god. But a man, who if he had lived, might not have made it through his first term considering his adulterous relations with numerous women, including mistresses of mobsters and movie stars like Marilyn Monroe. They say Kennedy did not want us in Vietnam, but more than likely the war would have happened just the same. President Kennedy was a charmer and for 1,000 days our country felt good about itself and its future. He was a youthful energetic symbol for our nation, an admirable illusion, and the horror of his graphic murder will never be forgotten.
Yet, what continues to tear me up is that the media and those in leadership since have not shown any substantive interest in properly investigating the assassination.
It is also sad that the hero regarding trying to find out the truth of Kennedy’s murder is not an American, but an Englishman, Nigel Turner. Turner, whose 1988 (shown in the U.S. in 1991) investigative series “The Men who Killed Kennedy,” is by far the finest visual work on the assassination. A series that is nowhere to be seen on any networks during the 50-year remembrance going on now. I spent the past weekend watching the entire series on Youtube.
Despite being 25 years old, “The Men who Killed Kennedy” remains a breath of fresh air, a riveting spectacle. Since the original showing, several witnesses have pretty much been proven bogus, namely Babushka lady Beverly Oliver, and grassy knoll witness Gordon Arnold. Two of the theories presented in the show — The Badgeman shooting from the grassy knoll, and that the Corisican Mafia assassinated Kennedy are also suspect. I acknowledge that and agree the show is not the final arbiter. Yet, I do not see how anyone can watch the entire series and come away with the belief that Lee Harvey Oswald did it all by himself.
Americans, take a few hours out of your life and devote them to your murdered President. Watch “The Men who Killed Kennedy” and you will see courageous persons interviewed who put a mirror to the best of us. That in the end we Americans really do care about the truth.
Charles Birimisa is a resident of Watsonville.
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