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The Kennedy Assassination$
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Peter Knight

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624102

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624102.001.0001

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The Unofficial Version

The Unofficial Version

(p.75) 5 The Unofficial Version
The Kennedy Assassination

Peter Knight

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the various “unofficial” versions of the Kennedy assasination, from conspiracy theories to forms of popular memorialization of the event. There is a vast literature on the Kennedy assassination, with over two thousand books, countless newspaper, and magazine articles, along with novels and films, not to mention the dozens of journals and websites devoted to the topic. The overwhelming majority develop a conspiracy theory of one stripe or another. Over the past four decades, the public both in the US and elsewhere have come to distrust the official lone gunman version, entertaining instead a host of alternative conspiracy scenarios that have become increasingly complex and all-encompassing.

Keywords:   President John F. Kennedy, assassination, conspiracy theories

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