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Investigating the Assassination of President Kennedy: Who Killed JFK?

There are several theories concerning who killed President Kennedy. Summarize the key findings of the Warren Commission (the official governmental explanation).

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Other theories have involved different organizations and groups of individuals. Read each theory. Also look at the sources that are provided. The questions that follow the sources should help you understand the relevance of this information.

Six of the theories are listed below:

  • The Mafia

With each theory do the following:



  1. Describe the possible motivation
    for the assassination.

  2. Comment on how likely this
    theory is to be true.

  3. Rank the six theories in the order
    you think they are likely to be true.

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Explain who you think organized and carried out the killing of President Kennedy. You can, if you wish, combine more than one theory in your answer



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  • Lee Harvey Oswald

    • Motivation: ________________________________________________________
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    • Likely? Or not? Why? ________________________________________________________
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  • The Mafia

    • Motivation: ________________________________________________________
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    • Likely? Or not? ________________________________________________________
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  • Soviet Union and Cuba

    • Motivation: ________________________________________________________
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    • Likely? Or not? ________________________________________________________
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  • Anti-Castro Activists

    • Motivation: __________________________________________________________
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    • Likely? Or not? Why? __________________________________________________________
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  • Central Intelligence Agency

    • Motivation: __________________________________________________________
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    • Likely? Or not? __________________________________________________________
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  • Secret Service and the FBI

    • Motivation: __________________________________________________________
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    • Likely? Or not? __________________________________________________________
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