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JFK: Conspiracy theories satisfy need to make sense

Letter by Russ Hulet, Tacoma on Nov. 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm | No Comments »
November 20, 2013 4:33 pm

Re: “Uncertainties remain about JFK shooter Oswald” (TNT, 11-20).

Conspiracy theories may thrive, including those surrounding President Kennedy’s assassination, but they rarely materialize beyond the conspiracy stage. They often capture the imagination, but they almost always lack evidence. Juries convict people on evidence, not on theories.

It creates high drama when a nobody like Lee Harvey Oswald brings down a world figure like the U.S. president, and many people can’t accept that. However, history is full of examples of psychopathic loners like Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan and James Earl Ray. You don’t have to be a Caesar, a Napoleon or an Isaac Newton to change the course of history.

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