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Oct 3, 2017

There are many conspiracies associated with JFK's assassination. It is probably the most controversial and high profile assassination in modern history.


The Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. As the answer points out he was assassinated by Jack Ruby a night club owner who had links to the mob.

It may well be that this was the case. However there are many other theories. It is alleged that the Mob had Kennedy killed and used Oswald as a patsy. The Mafia were certainly angry at the Kennedy's pursuit of them through Congressional Hearings. By Kennedy's I mean JFK and his brother Bobby who was Attorney General. Bobby was assassinated 5 years later when running for the Democratic nomination.

The Mafia had helped Kennedy get elected, particularly in Illinois where Sam Giancana head of the Chicago mob fixed the votes in a key state. They thought that a Kennedy administration would give them a quiet life, so they were outraged at Bobby Kennedy's pursuit of them.

The Mafia were also angry at Kennedy's failure to successfully recapture Cuba from Castro. Under Batista the hotels, brothels, narcotics and gambling were controlled by the Mafia, and the Bay of Pigs fiasco further hardened the Mafia against the Kennedy administration.

The CIA were also unhappy over the Bay of Pigs and this world of organised crime, counter intelligence and narcotics was a murky one. It is therefore argued that Mafia hitmen such as Jimmy "The Weasel" Frattiano and others killed Kennedy.

Tied to this was the conflict in Vietnam. Shortly before Kennedy's assassination, Diem the President and his brother had been assassinated in a military coup supported by the CIA. Some theorists argue that Kennedy's reluctance to commit troops was another reason for his removal in that American military involvement in Vietnam secured a Mafia/CIA controlled heroin trade through American military customs. (See American Gangster.)

Finally Kennedy was assassinated in the South where there was still bitter and violent opposition to his attempts to pass Civil Rights legislation.