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Timeline: John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe Murders (1960 - 1963)

Updated on June 15, 2018
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

Discarded Dreams of Camelot: Cape Canaveral, Pad B - Represents the loss of key people and an important Era, including the US Space Program, which was John F. Kennedy's dream.
Discarded Dreams of Camelot: Cape Canaveral, Pad B - Represents the loss of key people and an important Era, including the US Space Program, which was John F. Kennedy's dream. | Source

Assassinations and Rumors

In late 1963, some government sources stated that they would not release complete details of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's demise to the general public until every living person from November 22, 1963 was dead. This was to be after November 22, 2063. However, legislation in 1966 forced release of most of the documents in the autumn of 2017.

Too Much Redacting

The Warren Commission Report was released with the statement that this was the true and complete account of the assassination.

Not believing this to be the full account and recalling the statement of some government officials, investigators, and film makers have continued to examine the crime from all angles and possible connections for over half a century.

Documents and details released in 2017 contained too much redaction, so the full story is unknown. In addition, Dealy Plaza in Dallas was reconstructed, destroying any lingering evidence. Even parts of the interior of the Schoolbook Depository were removed.

The greatest murder cover up of the 20th century. About the death of Marilyn Monroe.

— Marilyn Monroe: Murder on Fifth Helena Drive
Source

Can you see me as first lady?

— Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Murder

A recording of a conversation was brought to light in the late 1970s and discussed on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show by a member of the Rat Pack (I watched the show). It was a recorded phone conversation from Marilyn Monroe's bungalow on the night of her death.

The conversation was between Peter Lawford, who married into the Kennedy clan, and someone from the government, speculation being that it was Robert F. Kennedy.

The important line was from Lawford:

"She's had her last enema." The tape was confiscated and its whereabouts unknown. However, other incriminating information has surfaced in the film presentation of the evidence for murder.

Marilyn Monroe used enemas to keep her weight down, much like an eating disorder, and kept the old-style enema bag hanging in her bathroom. Some theorists believe that barbiturates were put into her enema bag because they are more quickly absorbed into the colon and intestine than if taken by mouth.

Barbiturates would not show up in her stomach if this method had been used.

I did not have an opinion about this until I saw a rerun of the animal veterinary show from the UK, All Creatures Great and Small. Among its fascinating true stories there was an episode in which a sick tiger, under the influence of some substance that prevented his waking. He would soon die and fluids could not be pumped into his stomach fast enough to help. He was up and moving in a short time. He was administered strong black lukewarm coffee rectally and was up in a few hours.

A bell rang and I was convinced. Murder was possible in the Monroe case. Barbiturates would not show up in her stomach if this method had been used.

A Stunning Documentary

A Thousand Days: The JKF Presidential Timeline

Election Year: 1960

Several African-American college students sat at a segregated Woolworth store lunch counter in North Carolina in a peaceful sit-in protest. This was a hallmark of the birth of the Civil Rights Movement that President Kennedy supported.

Many votes in America voiced non-support of President Kennedy because he was Catholic. They feared that he would rule the USA almost as a pope, using Catholic rules and customs.

Another objection voiced by those who voted for Richard M. Nixon, was that they did not trust an Irishman in the office of President, based on false stereotypes of drunkenness and lack of education among Irish people.

A third objection was that JFK's father bought the election for him with help from the Mafia.

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1961 - A Turbulent Year

  • USA severed relations with Cuba and imposed embargo.
  • January 20. John F. Kennedy inauguration as President of U.S. Several sources state that the President's father, Joseph Kennedy, had dealt with Mafia dons for their help in ensuring the big union votes for JFK.
  • April 12. Russia puts the first man in orbit.
  • April 17. Cuba's Bay of Pigs unsuccessfully attacked.
  • May 5. America puts her first man into space, suborbital flight. US stays behind the Soviets in the space race for some time.
  • May. The Freedom Riders traveled the South on buses to protest segregation.
  • August 13. The Wall in Berlin went up, dividing free from communist. Today, pieces of the wall are on permanent display in a WWII scene at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Museum in Ohio. Other features of the display are clothing and photos of Jews of the holocaust, along with the violin of one young Jew forced to play for a Nazi officer.
  • October 29. USSR fires a 50-megaton hydrogen bomb.
  • October 28, 1961 Christmas Letter (video)

Second Year: 1962

  • Kennedy criticized a hike in steel prices, angering steel manufacturers.

  • January 3. Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
  • Jan-Dec. U.S. nuclear tests at Nevada Test Site (NTS) and elsewhere.
  • January 18. Southern University closed by protest demonstrations
  • January 21. Jack Nicklaus makes his 1st pro golf appearance, ranking 50th.
  • February 2. USSR nuclear tests at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk.
  • February 3. JFK bans trade with Cuba except for food and drugs
  • February 4. Russian newspaper reports baseball an old Russian game
  • February 20. John Glenn is the first American astronaut to orbit Earth. He celebrated the 50th anniversary of his feat in 2012 at The Ohio State University, where he still teaches at age 93. Ohio celebrates John Glenn and Friendship 7 Day.
  • February 26. US Supreme Court prohibits race separation on public transport.
  • March 1. K-Mart opens for business as a division of the S.S. Kresge company. Some stores would go on to incorporate large grocery departments before the chain's decline in the 2000s and purchase by Sears.
  • March 15. Antimatter is discovered at 5 different places.
  • March 29. Jack Paar's final appearance on the Tonight Show ("I've had enough.")

Jack Paar on JFK, RFK and Jimmy Hoffa

  • May 1. JFK authorizes the ARA: Area Redevelopment Act.
  • May 25. The AFL-CIO union campaigns for the 35-hour work week.
  • June 3. Lee Harvey Oswald's train arrives in Oldenzaal Netherlands, departs Rotterdam on June 4 on SS Maasdam to US.
  • August 5. Assassination of Marilyn Monroe.
  • August 5. 1st quasar located by radio
  • August 5. Nelson Mandela arrested for illegally leaving South Africa
  • September. Lee Harvey Oswald moves to Dallas after joining the Carlos Marcello Mafia crime family business.

  • September 29. JFK sent US Federal troops to integrate the University of Mississippi
  • October. Cuban Missile Crisis: 13 days in length. Kennedy denounces the USSR for secretly installing missile bases on Cuba. He orders a US Navy blockade around the island nation.

President Kennedy meets in the Oval Office with General Curtis LeMay
President Kennedy meets in the Oval Office with General Curtis LeMay | Source
  • General Curtis LeMay and the Blue Room: Senator Barry Goldwater would later telephone his friend and fellow US Air Force General Curtis "Bombs Away" LeMay to help him gain entrance into the Wright Patterson AFB secret "Blue Room" cache of artifacts from the Roswell UFO Incident of July 1947. LeMay shouted, cursed, and slammed down the telephone receiver.

Final year: 1963, First Half

  • January 1963. A negative start to the new year: George C. Wallace becomes Governor of Alabama and says "...segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!" This sentiment was directly opposed to JFK's mission for human rights and civil rights. The statement was mirrored in the motto of the future Panem in The Hunger Games: "Panem today! Panem tomorrow! Panem Forever!"
  • February 8. First broadcast for Clandestine Voice of Iraqi People (Communist).
  • March. Soviets start flying over the State of Alaska, which they once owned under the Russian Empire before 1917.
  • March 18. US Supreme Court declares the Miranda Decision. All persons in America that are arrested must be "read their rights."
  • April 27. Fidel Castro goes to Moscow, USSR.
  • May 8. JFK offers assistance to Israel.
  • May 12. Race riot at Birmingham, Alabama.
  • June 9-10. The Equal Pay Act becomes law.
  • June 17. US Supreme Court outlaws Bible reading and prayer in public schools.
  • June 28. The President visits Arbour Hill, Ireland to honor 17 Irish soldiers executed for The Easter Rising of 1916 against the British. Remember that during 1963 in parts of America, the Irish were unpopular and subject to prejudice and discrimination. Part of the controversy of the 1960 Presidential Campaign and Election centered around Kennedy's Irish and Catholic heritage.

Second Half of 1963

July 1. Five-digit postal Zip Codes take effect.

July. Lee Harvey Oswald went to work for Guy Banister, who was associated with Carlos Marcello, in New Orleans. Marcello was suspected of making payments to Vice President Johnson to stop/prevent legal action against his rackets.

New Orleans crime families and Mafia leaders: Carlos Marcello, known as "The Little Man." He supported Richard M. Nixon in the 1960 election.
New Orleans crime families and Mafia leaders: Carlos Marcello, known as "The Little Man." He supported Richard M. Nixon in the 1960 election. | Source

Undercover informants reported that Marcello made several threats against John F. Kennedy, at one time uttering the traditional Sicilian death threat curse, "Take the stone from my shoe".

— mafia.wiki.com

Official Evidence for Mafia Involvement

July 25. A teletype Hotline was set up between Moscow's Kremlin and DC's White House. Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty signed by USA, USSR, and England.

August 18. Mr. James Meredith becomes the 1st black graduate from the University of Mississippi.

August 28. During The March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream" speech was a success at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.

September 20. JFK proposes a joint US - USSR moon mission.

October 25. Anti-Kennedy "WANTED FOR TREASON" pamphlets were scattered in Dallas. They may have been distributed by Lee Harvey Oswald. They certainly served as an omen to disaster.

Attributed to Robert A. Surrey of Johnson Printing Co., Dallas, TX.
Attributed to Robert A. Surrey of Johnson Printing Co., Dallas, TX. | Source

October 31. J. Edgar Hoover had received several warnings about assassination plans by Carlos Marcello and possibly Santos Trafficante - both with encouragement from Jimmy Hoffa - toward JFK and RFK since 1962 and never reported them to the Kennedy brothers. His last meeting with JFK was held on this day, Halloween 1963, just three weeks before the assassination.

Thought: Was Hoover a Republican and aggressively opposed to the Democratic Administration of JFK? He had exerted pressure on Ronald Reagan previously, with the help of Hedda Hopper, to encourage the future President of the 1980s to become Republican.

Relics of the Kennedys' Camelot. Fuselage at Cape Canaveral.
Relics of the Kennedys' Camelot. Fuselage at Cape Canaveral.

November 22. JFK assassinated in Dallas Texas. The America era known as Camelot ended.

November 24. Jack Ruby, associated with Carlos Marcello, shoots Lee Harvey Oswald, who had also worked in Marcello's businesses.

Cape Canaveral. Pad A. Abandoned.
Cape Canaveral. Pad A. Abandoned. | Source

© 2008 Patty Inglish

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    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      24 months ago from Philippines

      This is an amazing timeline, filled with so much information and allowing the reader to see the connection of the dots. Very absorbing article:)

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for your comments. We hear rumors of George H. W. Bush being involved as well. I am waiting for the Marilyn Monroe film to come out in 2012. It's been delayed a few years already.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 

      5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      I hear of this before that LBJ was behind the death of JFK. I remember having a discussion about this in elementary school. I also read an article about this recently!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That's horrid - Confined, sick in bed and viewing the tragedy at the same time. The biggest thing I remember is kids and a few teachers screaming and crying when the loudspeaker announcement happened that afternoon.I remember the drum cadence of the funeral procession and it's haunting, and Mrs. Kennedy walking in the street with Bobby and Ted, and the horse with backwards boots.

      Thanks for sharing things from your experience!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great article with many links to other sources of information. This topic has always fascinated me and I doubt if we ever will know the real truth in our lifetimes. I was 10 years old and sick in bed with a strep infection when I heard the news on TV. I remember watching the funeral televised and Little John John saluting his father. Even though I was just a kid myself, that really tugged at my heart strings.

      It was a sad, violent and scary time period in our history.

      Thanks for sharing this information.

      Voted up, useful, awesome and interesting.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Do you mean, what part in the investigation did he play?

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      Amnah Khan 

      6 years ago

      Hi,

      I want to know what role did Robert F. Kennedy play as an Attorney General of the United States in case of assassination of JFK?

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      Jeddy 

      7 years ago

      I was 9 when I did not know much about the USA. All I knew were the comic books I read, nothing else. That was strange time. I was with some of cousins in Karachi, two of them were in their late teens were sobbing. I saw the newspaper which they were reading. I saw another where I was staying with mom. A line of photographs. Of a person whom I did not know and the story of some actress at the same time. The two incidents stayed in my mind to this day.I do not know how it was reported that the actress had been killed a year before. When both stories appeared at the same time. I had no reason to think it was something it was separate. These curious things happened when that small.Few years later the president's brother was killed. It made my mom sad, I was feeling strange. What is happening in the USA? Life went for me and all the kids my age. The grown-ups upset. I was not sure what my feelings should be. Anyway it was a lifetime ago. Everyone who had been killed in the USA at that time was strange many people are several years younger than I am now and do know this story, which was with all the time.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      7 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I cannot find the price of the final sale, but I see that her house is up for sale at #3.6 million in July 2010.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Patty Inglish,

      The rare photo - any news on the price at auction?

      "The black and white photograph, taken by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, shows her in the revealing, rhinstone studded dress she wore whilst singing at Madison Square Garden in New York.

      President Kennedy, who was not known to be camera shy, appears to be turning his face towards the wall and away from the camera, while his brother Robert F Kennedy looks on.

      The Secret Service had clear instructions not to allow any photographs to be taken of the President and Miss Monroe together and the picture only survived because when agents came to confiscate it, the negatives were in the photographic dryer."

      Fascinating history.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Excellent article. I wasn't certain with the title but all of your articles are wonderful so I should have known. Will be sure to link back to you on my JBK articles. Heather is right - wonderful for a history patper. Great job!

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      Heather 

      8 years ago

      I'm writing a history paper- this piece really helped me get a decent understanding of events ..Thanx!

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      John W Townsend 

      8 years ago from London England UK

      Look to Bobby Kennedy, there the truth will untangle, its up to the family, its there.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      The only known photograph of President John F. Kennedy with Marilyn Monroe is to be released June 2, 2010 and expected to auction for at least $23,000.

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      8 years ago

      Fascinating hub. There's so much about this entire deal we still don't know.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      8 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks for sharing that information, because I will go look for that book in order to learn more about it all.

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      Internetwriter62 

      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Fascinating hub, I have read some very interesting things about Marilyn Monroe, in a book,titled, Painted Black this book was written by Carl A. Raschke, a crime investigator, that specialized in ritualistic murders, and it tells about Marilyn's connections with Anton Le Vey, and also about La Vey's connections with actress Jane Mansfeild. Very interesting book, you article reminded me of that. Very interesting hub.

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      Lucey Knight 

      9 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

      Interesting article. Here is a web site you might find interesting: http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm

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      Detroit 

      10 years ago

      I for one am anxious to see the Marilyn Monroe movie coming out in Summer 2008. Answers or no, it will be intriguing to watch under the light of history and conspiracy theory research. I wonder if it will premiere on the anniversary of her death - August 5.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you for your insightful comments, William! I've recently read some articles about Lincoln's assassination and seen a play about John Wilkes Booth that were all very interesting.

      As for Marilyn Monroe, I still believe that she was murdered, because of the tape recorded phone conversation of Peter Lawford while he was standing in her bedroom with her dead in bed. I think it would have been more logical of innocencs to call just one number - the police - and leave the phone alone after that. I don't know what history will prove about all this, but I think she was murdered because certain groups believed she 1) could not keep her mouth shut and 2) would not get the facts straight, would gossip, and would cause worse trouble than the truth would bring. However, I think her poor health habits would have done her in before about 1965 anyway.

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      William F Torpey 

      10 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I was at work on Nov. 22, 1963 when word came that JFK had been shot. I spent the next several days glued to the TV watching the 24/7 coverage. I was shocked beyond belief. But I do not share the belief in all the conspiracy theories that have circulated in books and movies since then. Nothing has been proven -- and more than likely will never be proven. Even Lincoln's assassination is still under the cloud of conspiracy theories. The Kennedys have been marked by many tragedies, but I admire the family. Marilyln Monre herself was a tragic figure, but I do not believe she was murdered. Nevertheless, I found the your hub interesting.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Another document discovered in a Dallas safe - questionable authenticity.

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080217/ap_on_re_us/jf...

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      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Hello singpec476! I agree. I think there is more to it than even this reveals. More testimony is being brought forward as old enemies die and the survivors feel free. Or, some could be fabricating some details. No wonder Colin Powell would not run for president! He did not want to get into any sort of intrique.

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      singpec476 

      10 years ago from Not Too Far Away

      Great Hub Patty interesting, I wonder if we will ever know the truth about what really happened and why.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you Peter. I'm glad you like it.

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      Peter M. Lopez 

      10 years ago from Sweetwater, TX

      Exceptional hub, Patty.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks robie2, I will read more about the Illinois thing. I began to read a book about Jospeph P. Kennedy in the lirary a few months back and was appalled, really.

      Yes, I have a very good memory and a bad memory from 1963. As you say - very clear. It will always be like the end of the world or a nuclear attack to me.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      see what I mean? we all have a clear, personal memory--but I'm glad you got to meet Leontine Price. Now that's a memory to treasure for sure! Yup--look into the Joe Kennedy-Illinois thing.......very interesting.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank you very much UMA!

      robie2 - I did not know about the Illinois situation, but am not surprised. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Every bit helps.

      When we heard the news on Friday 11/22, it was about 2:30 - 3:00pm and JFK was dead some time already. We were in a small vocal music class for kids at school. The announcement came over the PA system and many people broke out crying loudly and some running up and down the halls. A teacher was sad and talked to us about the sadness of politics killing a good man. Still, people were running and screaming and crying. It WAS like 9/11. I also did not understand the running and screaming, because I myself was in stunned silence.

      I remember two things very clearly about that year - the JFK assassination and meeting opera star Leontine Price when she visited in the music class.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Wonderful,meaty hub. Takes me back to those days starting with JFK's assasination and then there was MLK and RFK--not to mention the 1968 Democratic convention. It felt like the world was going mad.

      I've always smelled a rat about the JFK assasination. His father was a real crook and did lots of underhanded stuff to assure his son's election...spread a lot of money around too. It is said that during the 1960 campaign he made a deal with Mayor Daley in Chicago and with the Mafia to deliver Illilnois to JFK. Thus the Mafia thought when JFK was elected that they had a man in the White HOuse who "owed them"- It was rumored at the time that when RFK started turning up the heat on organized crime, JFK was "warned" and told to stop him and that the mafia was behind his assasination--could be. I always thought the Oswald, Jack Ruby thing was fishy. As for MM, no doubt that poor woman was silenced because she knew too much. I'm not usually big on conspiracy theories, but those were turbulent times and something smelled bad. We were all glued to the TV through the whole thing. You could feel the sorrow of the entire American people on the streets. It drew us together. It was our generation's 9/11. Anyone who was alive at the time remembers exactly where he/she was at the moment the news broke.

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      Uma Shankari 

      10 years ago from Bangalore

      Very informative, Patty Inglish, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. A lot of interesting stuff.

      Uma Shankari

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      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thank's for the comments! Zsuzsy, it was surreal to watch the funeral procession wasn't it? I was young, but was making notes for the future, thinking, "He cost someone big money." When I grew up I realized it was power and control too and the Cuban embargo got in the Mafia's way in a lot of directions.

      What is even more amazing to me is that JFK's father did business with the crime bosses, asked and received money for the JFK presidential campaign from Sam Giacama, who proceeded to feel double-crossed. This is because JFK had a freindship with Giamama's girlfriend and then attorney gen. RFK went after all the organized crime people full title.

      According to the books published with records of tape recorded phone conversations authorized by Hoffa and the govt. There were actually 4 shots fired 11/22, and Jackie and Robert suppressed some info by taking the body out of Texas against state law and making directives at Bethesda Naval Hospital during the partial autopsy. There were so many connections between the Kennedys and organized crime, that the family apparently just said "forget it" to a full investagation.

      Now if all this is true, and Oswald apparently truly could not get from the 6th floor of the Book Depository (where 4 men had bneen seen looking from windows, 2 from SW corner and 2 from SE corner - ar at least 2 men moved form 1 corner to the other) to the second floor lunch room (where he was seen drinking a Coke) in 90 seconds between about 12:30:30pm (shot time) and 12:32:00 PM and Oswald's rifle had been stolen a couple days before, then Oswald was really the dupe he claimed he was. His uncle had arranged a job for him as an arrand boy with his boss, a crime boss who also had control of Jack Ruby's restaurant in Dallas.

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      rmr 

      10 years ago from Livonia, MI

      Great timeline. I'm ashamed to say that at the age of 42, much of this information is new to me. Thanks for the education!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      What tangled messes there are in history. In 1963 we still lived in Belgium, I was almost ten when JFK was killed. Everyone came to our apartment to watch the funeral because we were the only family who had a TV in our building. I would take a guess that, that was the first major incident that was televised worldwide at actual time.

      Another great Hub. regards Zsuzsy

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