On November 22, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in his motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Texas Governor John Connally, riding in the convertible limousine with President Kennedy, was also shot and seriously injured. Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit was killed in a separate, related incident. Controversy about the motive and even the assassin has surrounded the event ever since.
 
President Kennedy’s successor, President Lyndon Johnson, organized the first analysis of the assassination, a report named after its chairman, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. The Warren Commission found that Lee Harvey Oswald, an alienated former Marine, shot the president and Connally from an improvised sniper’s nest on the sixth floor of a nearby office building. The report also found that Oswald shot and killed Officer Tippit while on the run from authorities.
 
A later investigation, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), disputed the Warren Commission report. Although the HSCA acknowledged that Oswald killed the president, they found “that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee was unable to identify the other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy.”
 
Dozens of theories have surfaced about possible conspirators in the assassination. Members of organized crime, Cuban exiles, Soviet spies, and even rogue elements of the CIA and FBI have all been accused—none successfully.
accuse
Verb

to blame or charge with a fault or crime.

acknowledge
Verb

to recognize the truth or existence of something.

alienated
Adjective

isolated or distanced from society.

analysis
Noun

process of studying a problem or situation, identifying its characteristics and how they are related.

assassinate
Verb

to murder someone of political importance.

CIA
Noun

(Central Intelligence Agency) U.S. government agency whose mission is to "preempt threats and further U.S. national security objectives by collecting intelligence that matters, producing objective all-source analysis, conducting effective covert action as directed by the president, and safeguarding the secrets that help keep our nation safe."

conspiracy
Noun

secret, evil, or unlawful plan.

controversy
Noun

disagreement or debate.

convertible
Noun

vehicle with a folding or removable top.

dispute
Noun

debate or argument.

exile
Noun

forced ejection from a country, or a person who feels forced to leave.

extent
Noun

degree or space to which a thing extends.

FBI
Noun

(Federal Bureau of Investigation) government agency whose mission is "to lead and coordinate intelligence efforts that drive actions to protect the United States."

identify
Verb

to recognize or establish the identity of something.

improvised
Adjective

created without preparation.

incident
Noun

event or happening.

investigation
Noun

process involving examination and research into a topic or situation.

limousine
Noun

large, luxury automobile.

motive
Noun

reason a person acts in a certain way.

motorcade
Noun

procession of cars or other automobiles.

necessary
Adjective

required or needed.

organize
Verb

to coordinate and give structure to.

organized crime
Noun

centralized network of illegal activity that often crosses local, regional, and national borders.

rogue
Adjective

renegade or no longer obedient.

sniper
Noun

gunman who fires from a concealed place.

Soviet
Adjective

having to do with the Soviet Union and the areas it influenced.

successor
Noun

person who comes next.

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