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The story of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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The tragic story of when an important U.S. president got

shot unexpectidly

By Jack Burke

John F. Kennedy's Final Days

I dedicate this book to all of John F. Kennedy fans who felt like they're life just stopped and that they can do absolutly nothing. Also the Kennedy family for all the hard times

they have been through 

 On November 22, 1963, John (Jack) F. Kennedy was fatally shot at 12:30 P.M. in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was supposedly seen by witness’ shooting John F. Kennedy on the 6th floor of the Depository but no one is exactly sure. But this event still remains one of the most tragic, but yet confusing events America has ever had.   


  John Fitzgerald Kennedy was in his 3rd year in his presidency. He was well respected by most Americans and had improved America a lot. Like tax cuts and made amendment for child mental health. But after the 1960 election, he was starting to get disliked in Dallas because he was too soft on communism.




 So he went to Dallas to help improve his image there. So his special assistant, Kenneth O’Donnell, set him up to ride in the Dallas Motorcade. He was also scheduled to speak in front of 2,600 passionate supporters of him. 

Map of John F. Kennedy's route through

Dealey Plaza

 His route was to leave at Dallas Love Field and through Main street. But Main Street didn’t connect to Stemmons Freeway, which led to the trade mart. So they would turn onto Houston Street, then onto Elm street, then exit onto Dealey Plaza. The route through Dealey Plaza would make him easy to be seen, but would also let potential enemies in his next election get close to him to see who he actually is.

 The route in total, was 10 miles (16093.44 meters). He was riding in a car named the SS-100-X by Secret Services. It was a custom Lincoln Continental Convertible. Furthermore, the car’s total length was 21 feet and 8 inches with heavy armor for protection and to make it look better.


 During the motorcade, John F. Kennedy was having a spectacular time. The day had clear bright blue skies at 65 degrees fahrenheit. Everywhere he looked he saw people screaming and cheering at him.

 People were taking photos of him and having their time of their life. Passion, energy, and cheerfulness filled the air. Everything was perfect until people heard 3 booms that would change America forever.

Where all of the

shots were fired

  3 shots were supposidly taken from the Texas School Book Depository toward John F. Kennedy. 1 shot missed and hit the road. Another hit the top back of Mr. Kennedy’s neck, and went through his neck hitting the side of the car the hitting Govornor John O'Connally, that shot is called "the magic bullet", and the last bullet struck the back of John F. Kennedy's head in his brain. It was supposedly taken by a 6.5×52 mm Mannlicher-Carcano Italian Carcano M91/38 bolt-action rifle, because that is what was found at the scene of the shooting.

 Within a few minutes squad cars rushed to the shooting to make sure that no one else would get shot. Sadness and depression swarmed America.

 Officially. at 1 P.M., later that day Mr. Kennedy was sadly pronounced dead. 

 They were supposedly taken by Lee Harvey Oswald. But no one is exactly sure. As this quote says from Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry, “We don’t have any proof that Oswald fired the rifle. No one has been able to put him in that building with a gun in his hand.”



 Lee Harvey Oswald

 Lee Harvey Oswald was born in New Orleans on October 18, 1939. He lived 3 years in the Soviet Union (Russia) before he moved to the United States of America. He was 30 when Oswald fired at Kennedy.

 But times before this were rough for him, his father died 2 months before his birth. So his mom had to put him and his 2 older brothers in an orphanage because their family couldn’t afford it. But she was able to take them out just over a year later. But she had to take on several odd jobs to afford keeping all of her children home. He also didn’t make many long-term relationships with any other kids his age.




Lee Harvey Oswald

as a child

He got made fun of by other kids in school because of his western clothing because he lived some of his life in Texas of school. Lee Harvey Oswald’s frustration was slowly but surely rising and his self-esteem was slowly sinking. So that is why he dropped out of school. 

  He moved a lot, as a matter of fact, he moved 22 times in 17 years before he went on to follow his dream of joining and becoming a Marines. But he turned out to be a very bad Marine.

  John F. Kennedy’s autopsy, or an examination to see what caused his death, was done for his body at 8:00 P.M. at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. These times were times of depression and misery. The body was then moved to Arlington National Cemetery where he was buried, on November 25, 1963.

 The Kennedy family was very sad and was drenched in tears for sadness and depression. This was one of the hardest times to live for the Kennedy’s and pretty much anyone living at the time in America.

 The Kennedy family was extremely sad and a cloud made up of tears of sorrow hovered over the Kennedy family. This was one of the toughest times to live for the Kennedys and pretty much anyone living at the time in America.

 John F. Kennedy getting taken to the Arlington National Cemetery

 Less than an hour after the shooting, Lee Harvey Oswald went on to a police officer in a movie theater. He got arrested 30 minutes after the police shooting and was charged of murder.

 2 days later, he was brought into the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters, where there were a crowd of police. But just then Officer Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and shot Lee Harvey Oswald.

 Ruby’s shot was taken to court and Ruby was found guilty and was sentenced to the death penalty. Furthermore, Lee Harvey Oswald was buried at the Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jack Ruby's 


Lee Harvey Oswald's


Jack Ruby's 


Lee Harvey Oswald's


  Ruby’s shot was taken to court and Ruby was found guilty and was sentenced to the death penalty. Furthermore, Lee Harvey Oswald was buried at the Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park, in Fort Worth, Texas.

 Lee Harvey Oswald’s shots changed America forever. But some of John F. Kennedy’s economic laws still went through even though Lyndon B. Johnson took over as president. Like tax cuts, his civil rights bill, and his child mental health fund raises.

Lyndon B. Johnson

being sworn in as president

 The first hour after the loss of Mr. Kennedy was all confusion. Since the shooting was during the time of the Cuban Cold War, people viewed the shooting as an attack on America. People didn’t know why someone would shoot one of the best presidents America ever had.

 Furthermore, many world leaders and famous people expressed their sadness and shock for America and its people by “breaking news” on the television or the radio. But people still honor him for his courageousness and determination. In fact, people still show their appreciation for him.

 For example, 2 days after the assassination, a live television program called “A Tribute to John F. Kennedy” was aired a tribute to him. Also, a British heavy metal called “Saxon” made a song in honor of him called “Dallas1PM”.


 Questions still remain about this tragic event. LIke, why would anyone try to shoot John F. Kennedy. Did they not like him? Did they meet before the shooting? Were there any family connections/relations between the murderer and John F. Kennedy? Have they seen each other before the shooting? How did he get shot because there are so many rumors and conspiracys on this emotional event? And finally, who or what group of people shot Mr. Kennedy?



 But even though Americans lost one of their most important people they still managed to overcome a major loss and improve upon it. People are still being affected by it still today. Because Mr. Kennedy never really deserved to die in this way.

 Percentages are what people rely on for what actually happened. But people don’t even know if what they think is true is exactly true or if it’s bust. So that’s is why there are so many rumors heard around America about this event.


 John F. Kennedy’s family was a unique family. He came from Irish descent. His first relative to emigrate to America was farmer Patrick Kennedy and Bridget Murphy, when they sailed in 1849 from Ireland to Boston, Massachusetts. Their son, P.J. was into politics, and he married Mary Hickey. With led them to having politician Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. The 4 sons of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. with his wife Rose Fitzgerald are  Joseph, Jr., John F. (president), Robert F., and Ted Kennedy. In conclusion, that is the heart of the Kennedy family.


 More about John F. Kennedy

Kennedy Family Politicians

 Robert F. Kennedy

shot with his bus boy

by his side

 The Kennedy curse is a series of tragic events that happened to the Kennedy family. Like Rosemary Kennedy who had a mental disorder which made her have thoughts of sadness and depression, and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. who died in a plane explosion over the East Suffolk, England. Furthermore, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 2 days immediately after his victory for California’s Democratic presidential primary by  Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. Moreover, John F. Kennedy Jr. died when the Piper Saratoga light aircraft which he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. Killing himself, his wife Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, and his sister-in-law. And finally, Kara Kennedy Allen died of a heart attack while exercising in a washington D.C. exercise club. There also many others too. The Kennedy curse is an unlikely and heart-wrenching series of events that is a coincidental series of extremly sad events.


 People were so frightened. They didn’t really know how cope with John F. Kennedy dying, because no president had died timewise close to his reign as president. And no one will ever forget who he was. 

 Mr. Kennedy was well liked by pretty much everyone! He never thought of sorrow, sadness, depression, or dislike, which is something that every person dreams of. He had a kind, selfless, and compassionate personality which made this one of the most heart-rending events America had to experience.

 The author of this book is an eleven year old boy. His name is Jack Burke. He lives in Ardsley, New York with his two parents and two younger brothers. He also likes to play sports and hang out with his friends. He is a very enthusiastic and joyful child.

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