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  1. 1. JFK’s Funeral <ul><li>Millions across America followed the funeral on television. The television audience was particularly high, as virtually the entire nation was at home viewing the proceedings. </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately one million people lined the route of the funeral procession, from the Capitol back to the White House, then to St. Matthew's Cathedral, & finally to Arlington National Cemetery. </li></ul>
  2. 3. All work stopped for Kennedy’s funeral as America mourned its fallen leader
  3. 4. The Eternal Flame
  4. 5. After the assassination of the President, Jackie Kennedy, requested an eternal flame for her husband’s gravesite. She was inspired by the eternal flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, which she had seen during a visit to France in 1961
  5. 6. Curse of Tippecanoe <ul><li>This angered the Shawnee chief Tecumseh and brought government soldiers and Native Americans to the brink of war. As a result, Tecumseh and his brother organized a group of Indian tribes designed to resist white westward expansion. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1811, Harrison successfully attacked Tecumseh’s village in which Harrison defeated the Shawnee leaders Tecumseh. </li></ul><ul><li>The name &quot;Curse of Tippecanoe&quot; derives from the 1811 battle. </li></ul><ul><li>As governor of the Indiana Territory, William Harrison bribed Native Americans to cede their lands to the U.S. government and handed out whiskey that caused alcoholism to run rampant among Indians. </li></ul>
  6. 7. The Library of Congress conducted a study in the summer of 1980 about the origin of the tale, and concluded that &quot;although the story has been well-known for years, there are no documented sources and no published mentions of it&quot;. Supposedly, the Prophet set a curse against Harrison and future White House occupants.
  7. 8. Currently in office Attempted assassination - not injured n/a George W. Bush 2000 Didn’t die in office Attempted assassination - injured but not killed n/a Ronald Reagan 1980 11-22-1963 Assassinated First John F. Kennedy 1960 04-12-1945 Cerebral hemorrhage Fourth Franklin D. Roosevelt 1940 08-02-1923 Uncertain: Heart attack or stroke First Warren G. Harding 1920 09-14-1901 Assassinated Second William McKinley 1900 09-19-1881 Assassinated First James A. Garfield 1880 04-15-1865 Assassinated Second Abraham Lincoln 1860 04-04-1841 Pneumonia First William Henry Harrison 1840 Date of death Cause of death Term of death President Elected
  8. 9. The Lone Gunman Theory Also known as the Single Bullet Theory or Magic Bullet Theory The theory, generally credited to Warren Commission staffer Arlen Specter (now a U.S. Senator from PA), says that a single bullet, known as &quot;Warren Commission Exhibit 399&quot;, caused all of the non-fatal wounds in both President Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally. The fatal head wound to the President was caused by another bullet.
  9. 10. <ul><li>While waiting across the street from the Book Depository for the motorcade, Howard Brennan noticed a man at the southeast corner window of the sixth floor of the Depository. </li></ul><ul><li>Just after the President's car passed, he heard what he thought was a firecracker or an explosion. He looked up at the window again & saw the man with a gun, aiming & taking a final shot. </li></ul><ul><li>Within minutes of the assassination, Brennan described the man to the police. He later testified that Lee Harvey Oswald, who he viewed in a police lineup on the night of the assassination, was the man he saw fire the shot. </li></ul>Witnesses say…
  10. 11. Bonnie Ray Williams and two co-workers watching the motorcade from fifth floor windows of the Depository heard three shots come from the floor above, and reverberations shook plaster from the ceiling onto his head. Governor John Connally, Mrs. Connally, and the two Secret Service agents in the presidential limousine all testified that the shots came from the direction of the Book Depository.
  11. 12. Marilyn Sitzman was standing retaining wall 15 yards east of the 5-foot high picket fence on the grassy knoll. She stated that she saw no gunman firing from behind the picket fence: &quot;The blast of a high-powered rifle would have blown me off that wall.&quot; Charles Hester, Emmett Hudson & Marilyn Sitzman, the only witnesses on the Grassy Knoll who gave testimony about the direction of the shots, all said the shots came from the direction of the Texas School Book Depository. Of the EARwitnesses, 99 believed that all the shots came from one direction, and only 5 believed they came from two directions
  12. 13. Lee Harvey Oswald <ul><li>Former Marine who moved to the Soviet Union and later returned </li></ul><ul><li>Oswald was arrested on suspicion of killing Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit </li></ul><ul><li>Oswald did work at the Texas School Book Depository </li></ul><ul><li>Ties to Communist Organizations supporting Cuba </li></ul><ul><li>Used a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle in the assassination of JFK </li></ul>
  13. 14. Convicted on 3/14/1964 for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald on 11/24/1963, two days after Oswald was arrested for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Jack Ruby He successfully appealed his conviction and sentence of death. As a date for his new trial was being set, he became ill and died.
  14. 15. <ul><li>A number of writers have suspected Jack Ruby of being linked to organized crime, and some have gone on to hypothesize that his alleged links were evidence of conspiracy to kill Oswald and/or JFK. </li></ul><ul><li>When Ruby was arrested immediately after the shooting, he told several witnesses that his killing of Oswald would helped the city of Dallas &quot;redeem&quot; itself in the eyes of the public, and that Oswald's death would spare Jackie Kennedy the ordeal of appearing at Oswald's trial </li></ul><ul><li>Other critics do not believe that he had any connections to organized crime. The Warren Commission had said that they found he had no connections, the House Committee finds otherwise. </li></ul>