Rewriting History?

Olney, IL - It's one of the biggest debates in American history. What exactly happened on November 22nd, 1963?

And now, 54 years later, details of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are still being questioned.

For Professor David Denton, the release of the classified documents may not bring exact answers, but will give those who study the case a lot more evidence to work with.

Denton is a professor at Olney Central College and has researched JFK for more than two decades.

"I think it's important we get our history right. That's why I've been involved with it for a long time. Justice is often served when you get your history right and in this case I think maybe we haven't."

Over the years, Denton has published articles, attended conventions, and became an annual speaker at a Kennedy conference in Dallas. Through the years, Denton has studied the case and of course all the conspiracies that come with it.

'When you never really had a truly legitimate investigation in the case and I think there is a good argument for that. What are we left to do but speculate or create theories or come to our own conclusions about truth of what it is? That's what we are left with if you don't get an institutional resolution to it, it stays," he says.

A recent survey found only 33% of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. And with the new release of documents, Denton doesn't think the different theories will go away.

"I honestly don't think that this whole document declassification thing is going to settle anything one way or another. I hope it really sheds a lot more light on it though."

While the files have been released, Denton says the information isn't on a silver platter. There is a lot of information to go through, and some of the content can be tough to understand.

"Some of those documents are very nuanced, they are coded especially intelligence documents aren't going to be that easy to ascertain what they mean."

Researchers also think these documents will allow different theories to gain more credence. Professor Denton says he is eager to look through the documents. Some of the topics he plans to look into include a trip to Mexico that Oswald took in 1963 and documents related to E. Howard Hunt, who made a deathbed confession about being involved in the assassination.


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