The assassination of John F. Kennedy is one of the most analized and controversial crimes in history. The impact of both the event and the subsequent investigation conducted by the United States government affected America's sense of hope, its attitude toward authority, even the social culture of the nation. Dissatisfaction with the government's explanation of the event, coupled with an increasing involvement in Vietnam, drove many younger Americans to lose confidence in the country's direction. Some went so far as to demonstrate in the streets, experiment with control substances, and/or drop out of society. Even today, web sites related to the subject and the countless "conspiracy theories" surrounding it ,exist. It continues to be the subject of televison specials, documentaries, books, and movies.
Your assignment is to select FOUR web sites about this event and record the following information:
1. whether the site's author supports the government's official version (see Warren Commission Report: Conclusions, below) of the event , (NOTE: you must find two that do and two that don't)
2. what THREE examples from the site led you to that conclusion,
3. whether the web site is legitimate AND how you determined its level of reliability, and
4. what the reference information includes (title, address, author, organization).
(see below for how to record your findings)
Record of Findings:
1. Web Page Title:
2. Web Site Address:
5. Interesting Facts (3):
6. Site Agrees/Disagrees with Warren Commission Report Findings:
7. Validity Rating (scale of 1 to5):
8. *Explanation of Rating:
*NOTE: rating should be based oin the following criteria:
1. Are the author's credentials solid?
2. Is the information verifiable?
3. Is the information current?
4. Is the article written well?
......Is it grammatically correct?
..........Is the language formal or informal?
..........Is the information "sensationaliized?"
5. Is the web site static or "flashy?"
......Are there many graphics/fonts?
......Are the graphics/fonts annimated?
6. Is the hosting organization credible?
.......Is the site sponsored?
.......Is the site supported by a "free" host?
Warren Commission Report Conclusions (abridged)
This Commission was created to ascertain the facts relating to the preceding summary of events and to consider the important questions which they raised. The Commission has addressed itself to this task and has reached certain conclusions based on all the available evidence. No limitations have been placed on the Commission's inquiry; it has conducted its own investigation, and all Government agencies have fully discharged their responsibility to cooperate with the Commission in its investigation. These conclusions represent the reasoned judgment of all members of the Commission and are presented after an investigation which has satisfied the Commission that it: has ascertained the truth concerning the assassination of President Kennedy to the extent that a prolonged and thorough search makes this possible.
1. The shots which killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally were fired from the sixth floor window at the southeast corner of the Texas School Book Depository. This determination is based upon the following:
* (a) Witnesses at the scene of the assassination saw a rifle being fired from the sixth floor window of the Depository Building, and some witnesses saw a rifle in the window immediately after the shots were fired.
* (b) The nearly whole bullet found on Governor Connally's stretcher at Parkland Memorial Hospital and the two bullet fragments found in the front seat of the Presidential limousine were fired from the 6.5- millimeter Mannlicher-Carcano rifle found on the sixth floor of the Depository Building to the exclusion of all other weapons.
* (c) The three used cartridge cases found near the window on the sixth floor at the southeast corner of the building were fired from the same rifle which fired the above-described bullet and fragments, to the exclusion of all other weapons.
* (d) The windshield in the Presidential limousine was struck by a bullet fragment on the inside surface of the glass, but was not penetrated.
* (e) The nature of the bullet wounds suffered by President Kennedy and Governor Connally and the location of the car at the time of the shots establish that the bullets were fired from above and behind the Presidential limousine, striking the President and the Governor as follows:
....1. President Kennedy was first struck by a bullet which entered at the back of his neck and exited through the lower front portion of his neck, causing a wound .......which would not necessarily have been lethal. The President was struck a second time by a bullet which entered the right-rear portion of his head, causing a .......massive and fatal wound.
....2. Governor Connally was struck by a bullet which entered on the right side of his back and traveled downward through the right side of his chest, exiting below .......his right nipple. This bullet then passed through his right wrist and entered his left thigh where it caused a superficial wound.
* (f)There is no credible evidence that the shots were fired from the Triple Underpass, ahead of the motorcade, or from any other location.
5 points possible for each web site:
2 points for completion of sections #1-7 of "Record of Findings"
3 points for completion of #8 of "Record of Findings"
20 possible points total