Elon University students are skeptical on JFK assassination theories

Multimedia Reporting by Erin Valentine

According to a Gallup Poll published on Nov. 15, 61 percent of Americans still believe that Kennedy’s death was part of a conspiracy.

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Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald. Thus, conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy’s death are resurfacing.

When asked which groups may have been involved in the assassination, the top two responses by poll participants were organized crime or the federal government.

Courtesy of the 2013 Gallup Poll

Courtesy of the 2013 Gallup Poll

Although theories may continue to circulate, those who were involved with the Warren Commission, who issued an 888-page report on evidence that Oswald committed the murder, are still standing by their original statements.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary, Elon University students are not phased by conspiracies theories surrounding the assassination.

Kelli Stack, an Elon sophomore, doesn’t see the logic of Oswald having assistance.

“Wasn’t he a loner?” Stack said. “It wouldn’t make sense if someone was with him.”

Kriger explains that conspiracies theories are just ways to avoid the truth, Photo by Erin Valentine

Kriger explains that conspiracies theories are just ways to avoid the truth,
Photo by Erin Valentine

Another Elon sophomore, Jeff Kriger, only sees the conspiracy theories as ways to avoid reality.

“I just think it’s people digging in to things because they don’t want to believe the truth,” Kriger said.

Elon junior Jon Smith explained his lack of belief for the conspiracy by looking at it from the logic of the shot.

“A lot of research alone has been done on training and trained riflemen,” Smith said. “Most well-trained riflemen would say that was an impressive shot. However, it’s not so insane it couldn’t have been done.”

Smith also stated that these theories only pop up when people in the public eye are involved.

“It’s only under a presidential assassination that we would even consider it to be a conspiracy,” Smith explained.

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