Recently I read about one paragraph of an article that claimed to have new evidence about the Kennedy assassination. I never read these articles, for five reasons.
First, the evidence is rarely new. Second, there are rarely any footnotes or Web links to verify the supposedly new facts. Third, the authors are usually incapable of writing a coherent paragraph, let alone an entire article. They get bogged down in details — trivia for the reader, or incomprehensible. Fourth, because there is always a rival theory, or multiple theories, which categorically refute the one you are reading . Fifth, because it would take a lifetime to begin to unpack even the basics of the topic. Therefore, I made a decision a long time ago to assume that Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, and that the person or persons who did this will never be known for sure, and in any case, they are all dead by now.
One of the best historians I ever knew was William Marina. He was the only historian who was at Dealey Plaza on the day of the assassination. He had brought a group of college students to see the President. He then spent years studying the Kennedy assassination. He taught classes on the Kennedy assassination. He got the division of labor working for him, as students found bits and pieces of information that had not been previously discussed. At the end of his life, as at the beginning of his studies 35 years earlier, he believed that Oswald acted alone. But he never wrote the book he always said he would. On June 30, 2009, I wrote an article just for him on how to market his as yet unwritten book. I posted it on my website. On July 7, 2009, he died of a heart attack. I wrote his obituary. It was published on July 8. Such is life.
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