Who Killed JFK Conspiracy Theories: A Booming Business in America
This month marks the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy, and with this tragedy now more than half a century old, the conspiracy theories and the propagators of them continue to flourish and breed. Whether you are a partaker in these conspiracy theories or are a naysayer of them, the one thing that is clear is that conspiracy theories are a great business in America. No other conspiracy theory proves this point more than the “Who Killed JFK” conspiracy theory.
This past week I attended a fully packed room debate hosted at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida. Appropriately enough this debate was held on November 22, the actual anniversary date of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas. This debate pinned Roger Stone an American political consultant, lobbyist, and strategist and self-proclaimed “conspiracy realist”, against Gerald Posner an American investigative journalist and author. Both these gentlemen have written bestselling books on the JFK assassination topic.
In, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ released in 2013 by Roger Stone. Stone uses his connections in Washington and close personal knowledge of the individuals involved with President Johnson the 36th President of the United States to carefully detail the accounts of the back rooms dealings of Lyndon B. Johnson and his deceitful ways and explains how he had the greatest motivation for the death of Kennedy and how he was the most capable to mastermind Kennedy’s assassination. Gerald Posner contends in his 1993 released book titled Case Closed that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy. Posner details Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone murderer of Kennedy and not the secret double agent the conspiracy theorists would have us believe. These opposing theories and the eloquent elaboration of them by each of these distinguished story tellers made for a most entertaining and interesting evening.
Attending this event and seeing all the people from as far as Palm Beach County attend an event in Miami Dade made me think about the multi-million dollar business the “Who Killed JFK” conspiracy theory has become in America. The two authors present at this event are just two of the many others that have sold millions of books on this topic. Filmmaker Oliver Stone’s Who Killed JFK? earned over a whopping $205 million dollars in 1991. One can only speculate what financial impact the pending release in October 2017 of the 3600+ JFK assassination investigation files of the CIA that were sealed by the 1992 JFK Records Act may have on this huge money making business. These documents could fuel the “Who Killed JFK” conspiracy theories another 50 years, continuing this business to thrive and flourish for another generation.