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Caro on LBJ: Why So Many JFK Conspiracy Theories

by John on 05/09/2012

More thoughts from my reading of The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro.

Caro covers LBJ’s years leading up to being JFK’s Vice President and eventually becoming President himself.  So, he covers the assassination through LBJ’s eyes.

Caro’s work reminded me of a great interview I conducted years ago for Real TV.  It made me understand why we have so many conspiracy theories on who killed JFK.

There is a full library of books on who allegedly killed JFK. 

Mark Lane is the most prolific.  He is also the most compelling, as far as good reading goes. 

However, I am not totally convinced of any theory.  It could have been the mob, Castro’s Cubans, the CIA, even the FBI under Hoover.  No one can make a definitive case.

Caro doesn’t explore the actual killer.  But his narrative of the assassination through LBJ’s eyes reminded me of the interview I conducted with Gary Mack.  Mack is the Curator at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.  At Real TV, we were exploring the Kennedy assassination.

Mack told me that LBJ was inadvertently to blame for the massive amount of conspiracy theories on the assassination.  LBJ was determined to leave Dallas immediately and head to Washington, D.C. after the assassination.  He even took the oath of office on the plane.

But he wouldn’t leave Dallas without Jackie Kennedy.  Caro believes LBJ was deeply concerned about her well-being.  But, and both Caro and Mack confirm this, Jackie wouldn’t leave Dallas without the coffin and the body of her slain husband.  And LBJ wasn’t leaving Dallas without Jackie.

As a result, Mack told me, JFK’s body was moved quickly – without a proper and extensive autopsy.  He said this lack of information on the bullet wounds, the actual bullet, and blood tests on JFK left too many questions unanswered, leading to a wide open field of conjecture – and thus the library of conspiracies.

Is there a media conspiracy here?  I don’t think so.  If any, it’s a bias of omission.  Pursuing it in the mainstream media was and is too risky.  We may know more when all is released in 2017.

A fact: keeping a conspiracy for this long with that many people having to stay quiet, takes a lot.  Someone will usually leak something.  Stick around for my next post on a piece of video about the assassination we were presented at Real TV.

An aside here:

I highly recommend a visit to the museum.  It’s fascinating from an historical perspective.  But it’s eerie and frightening for anyone who lived through it.  The room where Oswald allegedly shot JFK looks as it did on November 22, 1963.

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