10 Key Facts About the JFK Assassination in 4 Minutes


Michael T. Griffith


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President John F. Kennedy (JFK) was assassinated in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Below are 10 key facts about the JFK assassination that you should be able to read in 4 minutes. Documentation for each fact is provided after the list.


1. The ammunition that struck JFK in the head did not behave like the type of ammunition that the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, supposedly used. Also, Oswald allegedly used 6.5 mm bullets, but the rear entrance wound on the skull was only 6.0 mm wide, so it could not have been made by a 6.5 mm bullet.


2. One of the three bullet shells that were reportedly found near the window from which Oswald allegedly fired could not have been used to fire a bullet during the shooting because it had a sizable dent in it. This means Oswald could have only fired two shots, but at least three shots were fired during the assassination.


3. Over three dozen witnesses in Dealey Plaza said shots were fired from the grassy knoll. Oswald allegedly fired from a sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository. Shots fired from the grassy knoll would have hit Kennedy in the front. Shots fired from the window that Oswald allegedly used would have hit JFK in the back.


4. The Secret Service would not allow an autopsy to be performed on JFK’s body in Dallas but, in violation of the law, took the body to Washington, where three military doctors performed a badly flawed, incomplete autopsy. Two of the doctors had never even done an autopsy on a gunshot victim, and the third doctor had not done an autopsy in years. 


5. In order to avoid the conclusion that there was more than one gunman, the Warren Commission devised the single-bullet theory, which claimed that the same bullet that hit Kennedy in the back also hit Governor John Connally and caused all of his wounds. If the single-bullet theory is wrong, then there was more than one gunman.


6. Governor Connally, who was riding in front of JFK in the limousine, said he was certain he was not hit until frame 234 of the Zapruder film, which is clearly after Kennedy was first hit. If the bullet that hit Connally was not the same bullet that hit JFK in the back, then at least four shots were fired and at least two gunmen were involved.


7. The holes in the back of JFK’s coat and shirt locate the president’s back wound about 5 inches below the collar line. This location is confirmed by the autopsy face sheet (marked “verified”), by the FBI’s 12/9/1963 report on the autopsy, by the death certificate (marked “verified”), and by the transcript of the Warren Commission’s 1/27/1964 executive session. This location makes the single-bullet theory impossible.  


8. The House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded that two gunmen fired at JFK and that one of the gunmen fired from the grassy knoll. The committee determined that a police recording made in Dealey Plaza during the shooting contained four gunshot impulses.


9. Jack Ruby shot Oswald two days after the assassination. The HSCA discovered that Ruby had extensive Mafia connections and concluded that Ruby’s shooting of Oswald resembled a Mafia hit to silence Oswald.


10. Richard Case Nagell, a U.S. military intelligence agent and a CIA contract agent, told government investigators and private researchers that in late 1962 he became aware of a plot to kill JFK that involved elements of the CIA and anti-Castro Cubans, that Oswald was a U.S. intelligence operative, and that he warned Oswald a few months before the assassination that he was being set up to take the fall for JFK’s murder. Jim Wilcott, a former CIA finance officer, has confirmed that Oswald was a U.S. intelligence operative. Wilcott reported that he processed several CIA payments to Oswald when Oswald was in Japan.




1. Behavior of the ammunition that hit JFK’s head and 6.0 mm rear head entrance wound:


Forensic Science and President Kennedy’s Head Wounds

The Head Shot from the Front

The JFK Autopsy Materials

The State of the Medical Evidence in the JFK Assassination

Hidden in Plain Sight

Faulty Evidence: Problems with the Case Against Lee Harvey Oswald


2. The dented bullet shell:


The Dented Shell: Hard Evidence of Conspiracy in the JFK Assassination?

Physical Evidence of Conspiracy in the JFK Assassination

Faulty Evidence: Problems with the Case Against Lee Harvey Oswald


3. Shots from the grassy knoll:


Grassy Knoll Witnesses

21 Cops Who Heard a Grassy Knoll Shot


4. Secret Service would not allow autopsy in Dallas. Autopsy in Washington was botched:


The First Step in the JFK Cover-Up

The JFK Assassination: Official Complicity

HSCA Forensic Pathology Panel Critique of the Autopsy


5. Warren Commission’s invention of the single-bullet theory:


The Magic Bullet: Even More Magical Than We Knew?

The Warren Report?


6. Governor Connally not hit by the same bullet that hit JFK in the back:


11/27/1963 Interview with Governor John Connally

Governor Connally’s Warren Commission Testimony (see pp. 129-146)

Cover-Up (see pp. 6-8)

Gems from the Warren Commission Report


7. Location of JFK’s back wound too low for the single-bullet theory:


Where Was President Kennedy’s Back Wound?

Trajectory of a Lie


8. HSCA, two gunman, and four shots:


Echo Correlation Analysis and the Acoustic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination Revisited

The HSCA’s Acoustical Evidence: Proof of a Second Gunman?

Hear No Evil: The Acoustical Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination

HSCA Report on the Acoustic Evidence


9. Jack Ruby, the Mafia, and the shooting of Oswald:


The Secret Life of Jack Ruby

Jack Ruby

Jack Ruby’s Polygraph

The Ruby Cover-Up

HSCA Report on Jack Ruby


10. Richard Case Nagell, Oswald, and the CIA:


Oswald and the CIA

Dick Russell Lecture on Richard Case Nagell

The Framing of Oswald

Dick Russell’s ARRB Testimony

Jim Wilcott’s Affidavit and HSCA Testimony

Oswald and the CIA: Wilcott’s Testimony



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Michael T. Griffith holds a Master’s degree in Theology from The Catholic Distance University, a Graduate Certificate in Ancient and Classical History from American Military University, a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, and two Associate in Applied Science degrees from the Community College of the Air Force.  He also holds an Advanced Certificate of Civil War Studies and a Certificate of Civil War Studies from Carroll College.  He is a graduate in Arabic and Hebrew of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and of the U.S. Air Force Technical Training School in San Angelo, Texas.  In addition, he has completed Advanced Hebrew programs at Haifa University in Israel and at the Spiro Institute in London, England.  He is the author of five books on Mormonism and ancient texts, including How Firm A Foundation, A Ready Reply, and One Lord, One Faith.  He is also the author of a book on the JFK assassination titled Compelling Evidence (JFK Lancer, 1996).