Editor’s note: This essay is the final installment of a series of papers delivered at a symposium sponsored by The New Criterion on “The Kennedy Phenomenon” on November 19, 2013.

Lee Harvey Oswald fired the bullet that killed Kennedy. The physical evidence from the crime scenes, including ballistic matches, palm prints, and fiber analysis, which has been tested and retested by forensic experts for more than five decades, leaves no serious doubt about who fired the fatal shot. So the Warren Commission was right about the identity of the assassin. But that is the easy part of the mystery. The far more difficult question is: Did Oswald act at the behest of others? The Commission left this portal open by saying it could not...


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