About 300 people made their way to Dallas’ Dealey Plaza on Wednesday to observe the 43rd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The mix of people included everyone from amateur historians to Elvis impersonators.
Beverly Oliver, who witnessed the Nov. 22, 1963, shooting, began the event by singing the national anthem, after which the crowd observed a moment of silence at about 12:30 p.m., the time of day Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired the fatal shots.
Many on hand, however, said they didn’t think Oswald acted alone in Kennedy’s assassination and some thought he was set up.
“You’ll get 100 different theories from 100 different people,” said Jim Crump, a 44-year-old stagehand from Orlando who said he was working on an “in-depth study” of the assassination. “It’s like Pandora’s box, where more and more stuff comes out until you just can’t get it to close and go away.”
Author Robert Groden, a Dealey Plaza regular for the past 12 years, hawked his 11 books and glossy magazines about the assassination from a table set up between the grassy knoll and Elm Street, where Kennedy and Gov. John Connally were shot.