Nation: Conspiracy

An unexpected conclusion

After spending two years and $6 million on its investigation, the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that John F. Kennedy "was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy." It said it did not know who might have conspired with Lee Harvey Oswald in the shooting, but it specifically excluded such familiar scapegoats as the FBI, the CIA, the Secret Service, the Soviet government, the Cuban government, all anti-Castro Cuban groups and the Mafia.

The committee's bewildering finding rested almost solely on one fact: acoustics experts who examined a tape recording of sounds made in Dallas' Dealey Plaza on...

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