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Who killed John F. Kennedy? Show more Show less

On November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Decades later, his death is still considered one of the biggest mysteries of American history. Despite the Warren Commission concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK, there is still a conspiracy surrounding whether or not he was the actual assassin, and if he was working alone. Who actually assassinated John F. Kennedy, and were they working for a larger organization?

The CIA killed JFK Show more Show less

The U.S. government made several mistakes while investigating the assassination of JFK, leading people to believe the CIA was involved.
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The umbrella man's timely appearance when JFK was shot in the Zapruder film

A suspicious person appeared during the time when JFK was shot. He was seen in the Zapruder film with a black umbrella. Because he was the only person with an umbrella on a sunny day, near the road when JFK was shot, he could very well have been involved with the assassination plan.
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Context

The Argument

In the Zapruder film, there is a man in the background that is dressed in all black and is holding an umbrella.[1] He has since been called "the umbrella man" and is a key component for many conspiracy theories involving JFK's assassination. The umbrella man is tied to the second shooter theory. In the video of the assassination, Kennedy is shot when the car passes the man. Theorists believe he was signaling another gunman to shoot by raising his umbrella.[2] The umbrella man is so suspicious because of how unusually he was dressed. In other pictures from that day, he is the only person seen holding an umbrella. If the umbrella man was signaling a second shooter, that proves that Oswald was working with a larger group to assassinate JFK.

Counter arguments

The umbrella man, later identified as Louie Steven Witt, was never officially linked to the assassination. When finally interviewed about that day he claimed to be dressed entirely in black with an umbrella to make a statement against JFK's father, Joseph Kennedy. The umbrella mimicked Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's trademark black umbrella, who Joseph Kennedy supported despite his appeasement to the Nazis. When testifying to the House committee, Witt claimed no involvement in the assassination. The umbrella man cannot be used to support the CIA's involvement in Kennedy's assassination because it is just a conspiracy theory.

Framing

Premises

[P1] There is a suspicious man with an umbrella in the Zapruder film. [P2] The umbrella man could have signaled to a second shooter. [P3] Therefore, this proves Lee Harvey Oswald was not working alone.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] The umbrella man was not involved with Kennedy's assassination. [Rejecting P3] This does not prove that there was a second shooter involved.

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References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqzJQE8LYrQ
  2. https://nationalpost.com/news/world/jfk-assassination-conspiracy-theories-the-grassy-knoll-umbrella-man-lbj-and-ted-cruzs-dad

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