Blog

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 04:38 PM

John F Kennedy White House photo portrait looking upJOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY - 35TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, affectionately referred to as JFK, was one of America’s most beloved presidents. Although his tenure as the 35th President of the United States was short, his presence captured the hearts and minds of the American public. The world stood still on Friday, November 22, 1963, when one sniper shot fatally wounded President John F. Kennedy and wounded Texas Governor John Connally. All this as they rode in the President's motorcade as he passed by the Texas Book Depository and down Elm Street in Dallas, Texas.

Immediately after the shots were fired, hysteria ensued. Many officials raced to identify and try to apprehend the shooter. Others rushed to assess and treat President Kennedy and Governor Connally and ensure that no one else in had been injured.

JFK limousine

PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND THE FIRST LADY MOMENTS BEFORE THE ASSASSINATION

AT THE HOSPITAL

President Kennedy was urgently rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done. By the time President Kennedy arrived at the hospital, he was essentially gone. At 1:00 PM on November 22, 1963, Father Oscar Huber administered last rites and President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead. The White House officially informed the American public at 1:33 PM Central Time.  All across America, anyone who was an adult in 1963, can still recall where they were and the conditions under which they learned about JFK’s assassination and its impact on the nation.

IN THE AFTERMATH

The loss of JFK sent shockwaves all across the globe. The President had given new life to Americans. His face exuded confidence and his words conveyed unending hope for America. Would his dreams die with him? Had he been silenced by his adversaries? Where can we turn for reliable answers?

JFK's family at his funeral

FIRST LADY JACQUELINE KENNEDY, ROBERT KENNEDY, JOHN KENNEDY JR, AND CAROLINE KENNEDY ATTEND THE PRESIDENT'S FUNERAL

The investigation of this assassination has faced more scrutiny than any other in modern history. People who were in the area heard an initial shot that was not immediately recognized as a gunshot. Then, they thought they heard between two and three additional shots in a cluster. Lee Harvey Oswald was soon identified as the man who shot at the presidential limousine from a sniper perch on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.

Lee Harvey Oswald

ASSASSIN LEE HARVEY OSWALD

LEE HARVEY OSWALD

After hearing a description of the suspect on the police radio, Dallas Police Officer J. D. Tippit spotted Oswald in Oak Cliff, a suburb three miles from the assassination site. When Officer Tippit stepped out of his police car to apprehend him, Oswald shot him four times, killing him instantly. A witness saw what happened and called the police to inform them of Oswald’s actions and whereabouts. Just 70 minutes after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in a movie theater and charged with the murders of President Kennedy and Dallas Police Officer Tippit.

Although Oswald never admitted his guilt during more than 12 hours of intense questioning, there was damning evidence that tied him to the crime. The gun used to kill President Kennedy had a partial palm print on the barrel that matched Oswald and fibers matching his clothing were found on the gun. In addition, he was shown to have gunshot residue on his face and hand.

The state of Texas was spared the expense of a trial for Oswald when Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby murdered Oswald as he was being escorted for transportation to the Dallas County Jail. The entire riveting incident was recorded live on American television.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx

HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX - AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

COLLECTOR RALEIGH DeGEER AMYX

The tragic death of President John F. Kennedy is a topic of great interest to American historians and collectors throughout the world. World-renowned collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx has dedicated the past 33 years to acquiring museum-quality treasures of historical significance. Mr. Amyx is proud to display several personal items that belonged to President John F. Kennedy. If you would like to discuss the purchase, sale or trade of museum-quality American artifacts, please contact Mr. Amyx at your convenience.

SELECT HISTORICAL PIECES TO BE OFFERED

Tags: John F. Kennedy

Contact Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Online

Sign up for Monthly Newsletters