Who killed JFK – what will the papers say?

Ashleigh Nolan

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In 1992 a precedent was set by law which locked away, from prying eyes, thousands of papers in relation to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Their release later this week, after 25 years, has garnered worldwide attention, but more than this, it has created theories set to rival aliens living in Houston.

Castro ordering the hit on JFK is just one of the conspiracy theories some people hope they will find evidence of when the JFK assassination records are released on Thursday.

Many thought that shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, was recruited by Castro to kill Kennedy because of his numerous connections to Cuba in 1963. Oswald passed around leaflets in New Orleans in support of the pro-Castro “Fair Play for Cuba Committee” in August 1963.

In September of the same year, Oswald travelled to Mexico City and met with officials from the Cuban Embassy there to try to get a visa to travel to Cuba.

The 1975 and 76 Senate investigation led by ex-senator Frank Church revealed many plots by the CIA and FBI to kill Fidel Castro.

Then, a House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations investigation report in 1979 concluded that Kennedy was probably killed as a result of the plans to kill Castro. The committee, which was established to investigate the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK, found that the plans may have provoked Castro into retaliation.

Almost 54 years after JFK’s assassination, thousands of files relating to his death are to be released because of a 1992 Act, which sought to quell the conspiracy theories that surrounded the murder.

The 1992 Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act requires that all of the records be disclosed in full 25 years after its enactment.

While some of the files regarding the 35th President’s murder are available to the public, some are still sealed. The number of sealed records is believed to be about 3,000.

President Trump can block the release of the records if there is an “identifiable harm” to intelligence or law enforcement or to an identifiable living person who provided confidential information to the investigation.

However, Trump announced via Twitter on Saturday that he would allow the publication of the files in accordance with the act.

Other theories as to what else may be in the unreleased records include a handwritten letter by Jackie Kennedy about JFK’s funeral and a letter from former FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover.

The story which has spanned generations, may now perhaps be told, but there will always be the question of why and how this family succumbed to so much hardship and so much tragedy.