Friday, November 8, 2013

Sometimes the truth is more interesting

The author of Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination anticipates a renewal of conspiracy idiocy as we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the JFK murder in Dallas. Thomas A. Bogar:
Brace yourself: JFK assassination conspiracy theories are coming. As 50th anniversary observances of the Kennedy assassination approach, many people — perhaps most — will focus on the conspiracy theories...

Think you see a portentous “something” in a blurred Zapruder frame? Hear an ominous sound on the scratchy recording of a police radio? Well then, just jam it in or stretch it to fit your theory.

Be it the grassy knoll, the alleged involvement of Sam Giancana, or the perceived echo of yet another shot, each fragment will inexorably take its place in the tenuous constructions of a hundred different conspiracy theories.

The irony is, sometimes the truth is more interesting....

.... Being interested in the true history is one thing; spending endless hours on fanciful conjecture is another. Conspiracy theorists: stand down.
Very good accounts assessing each of the elements of the various conspiracy theories are the ABC documentary hosted by Peter Jennings, The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy, (also available as an Amazon Instant Video) and Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK by Gerald Posner.