Posted: Nov 17, 2013 4:14 PM by Elaina O'Connell,KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Nov 17, 2013 5:06 PM
MARSHALL - As the nation approaches the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, mystery and theories still surround what really happened that day on November 22, 1963.
On Sunday, the Marshall Public Library hosted a program and discussion by Bill Westbrook. Westbrook has studied the assassination of President Kennedy for decades, read more than sixty books on the subject, and has reached his own conclusion as to what happened that day.
Most Americans alive at the time can recall with vivid detail where they were when they heard that JFK had been shot.
Westbrook said he doesn't think he will ever come to a conclusion, but he will never stop trying.
"I was a long time history teacher, and this is history," Westbrook said. "This is our country and I firmly believe that if we found the truth we would be a lot better off today. Maybe somebody will find the truth and maybe I can proclaim it before I am gone."
Westbrook explained that there are several possibilities for what really happened that day, and he believes Harvey Lee Oswald did not work alone. During the presentation, he showed the audience pictures of the location where Kennedy was shot and he walked them through the day. Westbrook said Kennedy was supposed to have been driving down Main Street, but instead he was instructed to travel on Elm Street, which is where he was fatally shot.
Westbrook also included pictures of the autopsy, which he said revealed errors in previous statements.
Westbrook said he has eight different theories, but he said his main theory is that owners of a helicopter factory decided that Kennedy had to be killed, so that the oil industry could make large profits.
Wicky Sleight, the executive director of the library said until the presentation she had never really thought about the assassination any differently.
"To be honest until today I hadn't really thought about it," Sleight said. "I plan to do some reading and you know I just assumed what we read and heard was true, and now I am questioning it."
Westbrook said the government is supposed to release more documents regarding the assassination in 2017. If the files are released Westbrook said the report will be any where from 3,000 to 5,000 pages.