As the country turns toward Dallas this week to honor former President John F. Kennedy, visitors to Dealey Plaza are calling into question the official account of his assassination.
The Warren Commission, formed to investigate the murder, concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone when he shot JFK from the former Texas School Book Depository.
Fifty years later, many theories are still alive.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL FONTAINE, A VISITOR TO DEALEY PLAZA, SAYING :
“I saw the word “patsy” in the museum. For me, that’s the operative word, right now, for me, for this 50th anniversary. Oswald was a patsy.”
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DORA DUNCAN, A VISITOR TO DEALEY PLAZA, SAYING:
“I really don’t know if Oswald killed him or not but if he did, I think it was just part of a plot.”
Friday’s anniversary is drawing many more conspiracy theorists, including Robert Groden.
Groden has authored several books on the assassination, including “The Killing of a President.”
He says it’s still not clear Oswald was the man who pulled the trigger.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CONSPIRACY THEORIST ROBERT GRODEN SAYING:
“The Depository was where Lee Harvey Oswald worked, and he was the one picked to take the blame for this, probably even before the shots were fired. Did shots come from there? Most probably so. The fatal shot? No, no way in the world. The fatal shot hit the president in the right temple area in the front and blew out the back of his head. The autopsy photographs show that.”
Groden is not alone in his beliefs. A recent Gallup poll says 61 percent of Americans believe others were involved.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DAN WARK, A VISITOR TO DEALEY PLAZA, SAYING:
“I think it had to be two shooters. Now where the other shooter was, we are on the grassy knoll right here – there’s a good chance it was there. Everybody’s got a theory about it. The way the bullets came, the ricochet, that went here, went through his arm – I think it had to be two shooters. It really had to. Now where the second shooter was–, everybody thinks its–, Grassy Knoll is the most logical place.”
As Americans remember the events of that fateful day, one thing seems certain: the question of who did it may never be answered conclusively.