JFK Assassination

Hosted byJohn B. Wells

JFK Assassination

About the show

John B. Wells was joined by former Governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura (book link), for a discussion of his research into the JFK assassination, an event he has been studying since 1985. Ventura voiced his doubt about the findings of the Warren Commission, noting how the circumstances surrounding JFK's death support a conspiracy against the president. Lee Harvey Oswald was not the killer, he declared. Ventura spoke about the convenient deaths associated with the assassination, expressing disbelief at how easily Jack Ruby was able to kill Oswald and then himself pass away of a curiously fast acting cancer. Over the course of his interview, Ventura revealed information which showed that the U.S. government not only was behind this egregious plot but took every step to make sure the truth would not come out.

"When you look at the blood spray evidence, the fatal head shot obviously came from the front, it did not come from the rear [where Oswald was located]," Ventura continued, pointing to the blood covered windshields of two motorcycles behind president's car. Members of the medical team that worked on JFK recalled how the back portion of his head was missing, an injury consistent with a shot fired from the front, he explained. Ventura said he interviewed an ambulance driver who helped place JFK's body in the casket and he also confirmed that the back of the president's head was gone. The shot clearly came from behind the picket fence on the grassy knoll and the assassin can almost be made out in the Moormon photo, he disclosed.

Ventura believes there was at least six shots fired that day and Oswald would not have been able to make them. Oswald was a radar operator in the military and there is no reason to believe he possessed the skills of an expert marksman, he said. In addition, Oswald allegedly would have to had shot at JKF through the branches of a large oak tree, he explained, noting the difficulty involved in making such shots. According to Ventura, both himself and Marine sniper Carlos Hathcock were unable to replicate the shots credited to Oswald. He also mentioned Oswald's time in Russia as part of a false defector program and how he was never prosecuted for it, as well as how the lone gunman's tax returns remain top secret. These financial documents may show who in the government was paying him, Ventura suggested.

JFK had many enemies within the government because of his support for civil rights, work to end the cold war and plans to withdrawal U.S. from Vietnam, Ventura theorized. As evidence, he referred to E. Howard Hunt's deathbed confession, which revealed how the CIA with Lyndon B. Johnson's approval had orchestrated the operation code named "The Big Event." Interestingly, Johnson's first order of business with the cabinet after JFK's death was to discuss war in Vietnam, Ventura said. He mentioned other problematic details about the assassination, including secret service agents being ordered off the car and the police motorcycle formation changing at the last minute. He also cited a memo in which Nicholas Katzenbach calls for what seems to be a top-level government cover-up of JFK's killing, "We need something to head off public speculation or congressional hearings of the wrong sort."

The remainder of the show featured Open Lines.

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