Even 50 years later, questions on if Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone still remain in the minds of citizensFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Even after 50 years, many questions remain unanswered regarding what took place in Dealey Plaza that day.
By: Drew Trafton, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Even after 50 years, many questions remain unanswered regarding what took place in Dealey Plaza that day.
It was nearly a full year after President Kennedy's assassination that the Warren Commission presented 888 pages of findings to President Lyndon B. Johnson after he tasked the group with investigating the events of November 22nd, 1963.
Their conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone has been a hard pill for the American public to swallow ever since.
In fact, a poll published back in April of this year by the Associated Press found that 59% of Americans believes there is some conspiracy tied to the JFK assassination. But what do people in Fargo think?
Lauren Madison/Pro-Consperiacy: "I mean, there probably is a little more to the story than what's been told."
Blake Morrow/Warren Commission Supporter: "It seemed to make sense that it was, you know, one person."
Opinions varied, but about 60% of the people I spoke with downtown thought the conspiracy theories—
were just that.
Former Fargo mayor Jon Lindgren remembers the day of the assassination well, and thinks that the majority of the theories are completely unfounded.
Jon Lindgren/Former Fargo Mayor: "I don't have any doubt that it was one gunman. I've been to the site and seen what happened and it just seems to me that it's been an opportunity for a lot of people to make a living bringing up conspiracy theories. I don't buy them myself."
Online, however, the same question prompted a radically different response as those posting on our Facebook page overwhelmingly and passionately supported the idea of a larger conspiracy.
Fargo resident Lethe Hoxtell believes the assassination is tied to something larger and her reasoning was one that we heard several times throughout the day.
Lethe Hoxtell/ Pro Conspiaracy: "I just think that because the records were sealed, you know? If there wasn't a conspiracy, I think the records wouldn't have been sealed."
A law passed in 1992 requires that all remaining assassination documents be released to the public in the 2017, but it's likely that this gripping subject will continue to captivate and split opinions in the nation and right here at home for many years to come.
Although hard numbers are nearly impossible to track down, one historian says he's read conspiracy theories that blame 82 assassins, and 214 different people of being involved in the Kennedy assassination.