Mysterious Deaths of JFK Assassination Witnesses

Dorothy Kilgallen 1913-1965

Many witnesses who had knowledge of the events prior to, during and after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have met mysterious and untimely deaths.

Dorothy Kilgallen, who claimed to have information, that would break the Kennedy assassination wide open would be found dead of an apparent drug overdose. She had voluminous notes from her jailhouse interviews with Jack Ruby. As is mentioned in the article linked to below she had given her notes to a friend for safekeeping, but that friend was also found dead two days after the death of Kilgallen.

Those apologists who think Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone debunk the theory that these deaths were mysterious. However, to my way of thinking it is preposterous to believe this many deaths of witnesses were a mere coincidence and had nothing to do with them knowing too much.

Personally, it is not beyond the realm of possibility, that these witnesses were killed methodically, to prevent them from writing books or talking to the media about the Kennedy assassination.

Richard Belzer the standup comedian and actor who appeared in Law and Order has co-authored a book with David Wayne has written a book called Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination, which delves into the situation of many of the victims of the mysterious deaths.

Spartacus Educational also lists some of the mysterious deaths in this article.

I still think there is a smoking gun out there somewhere, that will someday solve the fifty year mystery, as to whether the President Kennedy assassination was a conspiracy or if it was like the Warren Commission reported that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

It is mind-boggling how many conspiracy theories have been espoused in the thousands of books, that have been written about the subject.

Books, television documentaries and movies will remind us again of the various conspiracy theories. My only hope is that the media will present a objective view of the JFK assassination and not pursue any personal agendas. Nobody has convinced me yet one way or the other, as to what actually happened that day in November fifty years ago.

It is time for the government to release all information relevant to the JFK assassination, even though some information may have been destroyed. There still should be some information, that will shed more light on the second death of a United States president in the 20th century.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

6 thoughts on “Mysterious Deaths of JFK Assassination Witnesses”

    1. Ken, Thanks for the compliment and hope you enjoy the Belzer book. It is not coincidence, when that many witnesses die violent deaths or commit suicide or die in “accidents” that are only made to look like accidents.

    1. Richard, Your website is one of the very best websites about the JFK assassination. The Roger Craig suicide is particularly troubling, considering how he suffered, for telling the truth and attempts on his life, before committing suicide. He was forced to live in poverty or near poverty, because he stood up against the powers behind the JFK assassination. They can call us “conspiracy buffs” all they want, but I still believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone and Jack Ruby killing him two days later to silence him reinforces my belief.

  1. Andrew, thanks. There is much evidence which indicates that Oswald was not on the 6th floor of the TSBD and never fired a shot. There is no evidence at all that he did. Furthermore, he was a $200/mo FBI informer and CIA operative. Jim Douglass in “JFK the Unspeakable, indicates us that “Lee” telexed the FBI and in fact may have prevented an assassination attempt in Chicago the previous week. Oswald was just a “patsy” as he said he was.

  2. Richard, Thanks for your response. I have often wondered why reports say Oswald was so calm after the assassination, while still in the building. Anyone that had just shot the president should have some kind of emotion. My personal belief is that Mac Wallace the LBJ hitman was doing the shooting. I have never heard a report of anyone outside the building identifying Oswald as the shooter. Strange that Oswald would telex the FBI about the assassination attempt, unless the ones calling the shots (no pun intended) decided the setup in Dallas was better, since LBJ would have more influence. Heard it was LBJ’s idea that the top would be removed for the motorcade and his ducking in the killing zone, before the first shots were fired was a game changer for me. Not to mention that he bragged to his girlfriend the night before, that the Kennedys wouldn’t kick him around after the events of that Friday. $200 may not sound much, but in 1963 that was a lot of money, since I bought a car with only 13,000 miles for $91 a month. I agree that Oswald was a patsy. Gerald Posner and other “lone gunman” apologists can’t convince me that Oswald shot President Kennedy with a rifle, that cost less than $13. My next post will be about Jack Ruby being seen in so many places during and after the assassination. I have heard he was even at the scene of the Officer Tippit murder. If so he was there for the assassination of JFK, the murder of Officer Tippit and of course at the scene of him shooting Oswald.

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