Who Killed JFK? Watch the 1964 CBS News Report

Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather cover the release of the Warren Report.

In this introductory clip to a 1964 CBS special report, Walter Cronkite, with the help of a young Dan Rather, investigates the assassination of President Kennedy and the subsequent killing of Lee Harvey Oswald. “This bizarre sequence of double killings raised great questions,” says Cronkite. “Who actually fired the shots that killed Kennedy? Why did Ruby shoot Oswald? Was there a conspiracy? Were right-wingers involved? Was it a Russian plot? A Cuban plot?”

The CBS special was broadcast on the same day as the release of the Warren Report, which found no evidence of conspiracy. But the report's findings did little to satisfy a suspicious public. In a recent Gallup survey, 61 percent of American’s believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was not alone that day on the Grassy Knoll. 

To watch the full two-hour special visit Prelinger Archives.

Paul Rosenfeld writes and produces for Atlantic Video. His work has also appeared on The Daily Beast and CNN.com.

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