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#OTD in 1963, LBJ created the Warren Commission to investigate the #JFK assassination. For decades, though, thereafter, many have doubted the Commission’s claim that Oswald acted alone, leaving no public consensus on the circumstances leading to one of the great tragedies in #USHistory.

Following Oswald’s own murder, the #USA Deputy AG sent a memo to the #WhiteHouse suggesting an official report to dispel growing conspiracies: “The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin,” and “speculation about Oswald’s motivation ought to be cut off.”

Upon the Commission's creation, seven senior officials were appointed, including Chair Earl Warren, #SCOTUS' Chief Justice. #Congress granted the Commission the right to subpoena witnesses and obtain relevant evidence. And during its 10-month investigation, testimony was given by Oswald’s friends & family, witnesses to the assassination, and government officials.

Based on evidence from on-site investigations and testimonies, the Commission found that Oswald acted alone in killing JFK, motivated in part by his “deep-rooted resentment of all authority” and “his urge to try to find a place in #history.”

Immediately after the Warren Report's release, the media praised the Commission for its thorough investigation, with the NYT expressing relief that it rejected “weedlike” conspiracy theories. However, the initial wave subsided, and by 1966, nearly half the country believed Oswald was part of a larger plot. Confidence in the Report declined further after the #VietnamWar and #Watergate scandal heightened government distrust, and it was revealed that US officials withheld critical information from the Commission.

This lack of satisfaction led to the creation of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which concluded in 1979 that a conspiracy was probable; however, even its findings have been questioned.

To many, then, the quest for closure over JFK's death is no more unfinished than the promise of the life he led.
#OTD in #history 1963 LBJ created the Warren Commission to investigate #JFK's assassination. For decades thereafter, many still doubt its claim that Oswald acted alone. Thus, to some, the quest for closure over JFK's death is no more unfinished than the promise of the life he led https://t.co/7pzS2kwi9A CapitolHistory photo

#OTD in 1963, LBJ created the Warren Commission to investigate the #JFK assassination. For decades, though, thereafter, many have doubted the Commission’s claim that Oswald acted alone, leaving no public consensus on the circumstances leading to one of the great tragedies in #USHistory. Following Oswald’s own murder, the #USA Deputy AG sent a memo to the #WhiteHouse suggesting an official report to dispel growing conspiracies: “The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin,” and “speculation about Oswald’s motivation ought to be cut off.” Upon the Commission's creation, seven senior officials were appointed, including Chair Earl Warren, #SCOTUS' Chief Justice. #Congress granted the Commission the right to subpoena witnesses and obtain relevant evidence. And during its 10-month investigation, testimony was given by Oswald’s friends & family, witnesses to the assassination, and government officials. Based on evidence from on-site investigations and testimonies, the Commission found that Oswald acted alone in killing JFK, motivated in part by his “deep-rooted resentment of all authority” and “his urge to try to find a place in #history.” Immediately after the Warren Report's release, the media praised the Commission for its thorough investigation, with the NYT expressing relief that it rejected “weedlike” conspiracy theories. However, the initial wave subsided, and by 1966, nearly half the country believed Oswald was part of a larger plot. Confidence in the Report declined further after the #VietnamWar and #Watergate scandal heightened government distrust, and it was revealed that US officials withheld critical information from the Commission. This lack of satisfaction led to the creation of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which concluded in 1979 that a conspiracy was probable; however, even its findings have been questioned. To many, then, the quest for closure over JFK's death is no more unfinished than the promise of the life he led.

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