JFK motorcade
President John F. Kennedy motorcade, Dallas, Texas, Friday, November 22, 1963. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie.Photo credit: Victor Hugo King / Wikimedia

Throughout November, WhoWhatWhy will mark the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death with a series of articles which present new original, in-depth research from a forthcoming book on Kennedy presidency's and assassination.

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November 2023 marks the 60th year since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Over the following weeks, we will be publishing a series exploring the ways in which the assassination’s effects are still felt throughout government and society. As articles in the series are published, they will be added below.

The American public has never been satisfied with the conclusion of the first official investigation, the Warren Commission, that an enigmatic loner named Lee Oswald managed to commit the murder alone for indiscernible motives — the more so since Oswald was soon murdered in police custody before he could defend himself.  

The second official investigation, by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (1976-1979), found that a conspiracy was probably to blame — in line with most Americans’ views. But the identity and motives of the conspirators remained contentious.

Warren Commission, White House

Members of the Warren Commission officially present their report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to President Lyndon Johnson in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC on September 24, 1964. Photo credit: The White House / Wikimedia

A direct line can be drawn from the Warren Commission’s attempt to put untenable conclusions over on the American people — constantly abetted by cooperative media and historians — to the mistrust behind today’s explosion of conspiracy theories that have little basis in reality. Yet reexamining the Kennedy case may seem to risk fanning those flames. Some may also wonder why a long-ago event merits our attention, compared to today’s pressing issues.

WhoWhatWhy feels that candor is always needed in a democracy; that judicious examination of a historical mystery can provide a counterweight to indiscriminate conspiracy-theorizing; and that the possibility of undemocratic transfer of power is still a pressing issue today. And that Kennedy’s was a potentially transformative presidency cut short, maybe for that reason.

That is why we mark the anniversary with this series of articles, which present new evidence from original, in-depth research for a forthcoming book on the Kennedy presidency and assassination. If the past is truly prologue, then news about this milestone event is as relevant as what happened yesterday.

The JFK Assassination Series

Part 1: Six Decades Later, A Cold Case Heats Up

Broken glass, JFK Assassination, 60th Anniversary

Photo credit: Ruth Archer / Pixabay

Long after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination — the event that sparked the term “conspiracy theory” — much remains unexplained, and secret. But news about it is still breaking. Read more.

Part 2: John F. Kennedy: More Radical Than You Know

What difference did President Kennedy’s assassination make — then and now? Read more.

Part 3: JFK Assassination: Hiding in Plain Sight, a Startling Revelation

Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover

President Lyndon B. Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover. Photo credit: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0 DEED)

What does it mean when two powerful men — Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover — privately agree that the public story of the Kennedy assassination is false? Read more. 

Part 4: Echo From the Past May Corroborate Startling New JFK Bullet Claim

Lyndon B. Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, KKK

President Lyndon Johnson and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover announcing the capture of Ku Klux Klan members suspected of murdering civil rights workers in Alabama, March 26, 1965. Photo credit: Yoichi Okamoto / Wikimedia

It seems FBI Director Hoover corroborated in 1963 what Secret Service Agent Paul Landis is now saying about the Kennedy assassination bullet discovery. Read more. 

Part 5: JFK Assassination: 60 Years Later, Crucial Alibi Dismantled

Dallas School Book Depository, David Harold Byrd

Texas School Book Depository building in Dallas, TX. Inset: David Harold Byrd. Photo credit: Adapted by WHoWhatWhy from Dakota L. / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED) and Wikispooks (CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED)

The strange story of a powerful man who owned the notorious building from which Oswald supposedly killed Kennedy. Was he really hunting in Africa, while others hunted the President? Read more. 

Part 6: Why Kennedy Was Doomed

Katanga, copper mines, Belgian Congo, 1920

Rwandese workers at the Kisanga copper mine, Katanga, Belgian Congo, late 1920s. Photo credit: Anonymous / Wikimedia

Events on other continents created pressures leading to Kennedy’s death. Read more. 

Part 7: Key to JFK Murder: In the Hands of an Elderly Quaker Woman?

Ruth Hyde Paine, Tropical Shores

Ruth Hyde Paine in her Tropical Shores home Tuesday, April 13, 2004. Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times/

Will she ever tell what she knows? Read more. 

Part 8: Evidence Oswald was not a Real Defector to USSR

Lee Harvey Oswald, return, Russia

Lee Harvey Oswald on his return from Russia. (FBI 451-4) Commission Exhibit No. 2788. Photo credit: National Archives

Throughout November, WhoWhatWhy will mark the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death with a series of articles which present new original, in-depth research from a forthcoming book on Kennedy presidency’s and assassination. Read more. 

Part 9: Conflicting Memories of Two ‘Friends’ of Lee Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald, Marina Oswald

Lee and Marina Oswald (far right) and their child with Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Romanovich Zieger and Eleanor Zieger. Warren Commission Exhibit No. 2628. Photo credit: National Archives

Exclusive interviews with two who knew Lee Oswald, offering unique insights into the enigmatic figure linked to JFK’s assassination. Read more. 


  • Russ Baker

    Russ Baker is Editor-in-Chief of WhoWhatWhy. He is an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in exploring power dynamics behind major events.

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