During the 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, more than 300 different conspiracy theories have been proposed to explain what “really” happened.
The finger of blame has been pointed at 42 groups, 82 assassins and 214 people.
No one, it seems, can agree on anything regarding the events in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
Except for this: Most Americans believe that gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was the only person telling the truth. Which is to say that 4 in 5 four out of five Americans, an overwhelming 80 percent, believe that Oswald was, as he claimed after his arrest, a “patsy” and not the mastermind behind planning the crime.
This revelation comes from a national survey conducted by History channel, the results from which went into making “JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide,” premiering at 8 p.m. Nov. 22.
It’s one of a multitude of Kennedy / Oswald / assassination / conspiracy-themed documentary specials airing this month.
History polled thousands of Americans to learn exactly what the country does and doesn’t believe.
The survey shows that public skepticism of the “Lone Gunman Theory,” supported by the Warren Commission in 1964, has never been higher. A total of 71 percent of Americans polled reject the “official” explanation.
“With the Kennedy assassination, every American armed with a keyboard and Internet access can get online, selectively pull from the hundreds of shreds of often contradictory evidence, discover the facts that suit their theory and then ‘solve’ the greatest murder mystery of the 20th century,” says Steven Gillon, scholar in residence for the History Channel.