JFK Files Baffle Historians

Photo from: JFK Presidential Library

Photo from: JFK Presidential Library

Joey Huckaby, Marketing Editor

On Oct, 27 thousands of JFK documents were released for the first time to the public eye.

In 1992, then President George H.W. Bush signed a law saying that all assassination documents should be released within 25 years unless the current president decided it’s important to national security or political interest to withhold the documents. President Donald Trump announced on Oct. 21 that he will approve the release of the documents.

The announcement made historians, conspiracy theorists and fans of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy flood the internet with their excitement.
President John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He was the youngest president to be elected, and he marks the beginning of a string of assassins killing important members of society, including Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. The Warren Commission was formed to investigate these assassinations.

On Nov. 22nd, 1963 President and Jacqueline Kennedy and Governor John and Mrs. Connally were traveling in a motorcade in downtown Texas. They were traveling in a Lincoln limousine with a convertible top. Around 12:30p.m. the President and Governor Connally were shot by alleged lone gunman 24-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald of Texas. The first shot went through President Kennedy’s neck and hit Connally in the lower abdomen. The second shot was the shot that ultimately killed the President.
The unique thing about President Kennedy’s assassination was that it was all caught on film. Abraham Zapruder film of the President being shot was the ultimate reasoning for the Warren Commission. Most of all the documents that were released on Oct. 27 came from or were at least seen at the Warren Commission.

Historians have been sifting through the documents but have only gotten through one eighth of them. Some of the information was already known to the public, one of those being Lee Harvey Oswald’s trip to Mexico days before the assassination.

Social Studies teacher Stephanie Rossi gave her take of the newly reported information. Rossi wasn’t sure if new information would come out regarding the actual assassination, but was still interested in the newly released documents. She said she hasn’t had a chance to review the documents herself.
Some of the new information that has never before includes information that Adolf Hitler may have made it out of Germany and escaped to South America. However later in the file the CIA said they could find no sources to fully back up that claim.

Another document that caught many people’s attention was an FBI document saying Martin Luther King, Jr. had marital infidelities with fellow preachers and even an affair with Joan Baez. If you read more of the report, it states MLK had members of the communist party working for him.

Many of the documents have not been looked at thoroughly, but it is expected many more new revelations will emerge. You can access the documents at: https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/2017-release