The JFK Assassination

On the sixtieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, former White House correspondent Paul Brandus takes an in-depth look at the seemingly unconnected events that led to that afternoon in Dallas, Texas. He explores the troubled and broken life of Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, and challenges six decades worth of conspiracy theories––none of which have been proven.

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November 22, 1963 - The Morning Hours

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In his final speech, Kennedy says the world is “dangerous and uncertain” — while Oswald drives into Dallas with a long, heavy-looking package in t...
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The Final Week, Part Two

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After learning that President Kennedy would pass right in front of his work place — the Texas School Bool Depository — Lee Harvey Oswald makes a s...
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The Final Week, Part One

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Ahead of his upcoming visit to Dallas, President Kennedy's motorcade route is released to both of the city’s newspapers — where it is seen by Lee ...
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Security Scare

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Final preparations are made for President Kennedy’s trip to Texas....
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Presidential Security

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What was presidential security like before President Kennedy’s fatal visit to Dallas?...
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Planning for Dallas

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President Kennedy’s Texas trip takes shape....
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Oswald and the Texas School Book Depository

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After failing to get a visa to visit Cuba — dashing his dream of joining Castro’s revolution — Lee Harvey Oswald reluctantly returns to the United...
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Oswald in Mexico City

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Determined to get to Cuba—where he dreams of joining Castro’s revolution—Lee Harvey Oswald travels to Mexico City, where he hopes to get a visa....
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Oswald in New Orleans, Part 2

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After his arrest, Oswald — unemployed and relying on benefits from the government he claims to detest — goes on a radio show to brag about himself...
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Oswald in New Orleans, Part 1

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Oswald leaves Dallas after getting fired from his job and returns to New Orleans - the city of his birth - looking for a fresh start....
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The Walker Shooting

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Oswald carefully plans to assassinate retired U.S. Army General Edwin Walker, whose right-wing policies he despises....
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Oswald's Guns

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In the backyard of their shabby Dallas apartment, Lee Harvey Oswald forces his wife to take photos of him with the guns he bought through the mail...
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Oswald Returns to America, Part 2

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Oswald’s return to the United States attracts the attention of the FBI — but what about the CIA?...
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Introducing: History Daily

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Oswald Returns to America, Part 1

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Oswald returns to Texas and has difficulty finding work and getting back on his feet....
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Defector: Oswald in the Soviet Union, Part 3

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Living in Minsk, a backwater Soviet city, and working a lowly and menial job in a radio-TV factory, Oswald soon learns that life in the USSR is an...
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Defector: Oswald in the Soviet Union, Part 2

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Lee Harvey Oswald is living in Minsk, but soon learns that life in the USSR is anything but paradise and schemes to return to America....
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Defector: Oswald in the Soviet Union, Part 1

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Deluded into thinking that the Soviet Union is a “communist paradise,” Oswald defects in October 1959, just weeks after leaving the Marines....
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Sharpshooter: Oswald in the Marines

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Hoping to escape his mother and his unstable home life, Oswald drops out of high school and enlists in the Marines....
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A Violent and Unstable Childhood

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An in-depth look at Lee Harvey Oswald's early life; the turbulent upbringing that molded him into an angry, isolated, and sometimes violent teenag...
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What happened in Dealey Plaza?

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In the series premier, we recap the basic events surrounding President Kennedy's assassination. We’ll discuss the formation of the famous Warren C...
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Introducing Countdown to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

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Explore the troubled and broken life of Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, take an in-depth look at the seemingly unconnected events that led...
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