A conspiracy and coverup was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, a historian and JFK researcher said Wednesday night.
"I believe there was a conspiracy and there was a coverup of the conspiracy, and the Warren Commission Report was one of the biggest parts of the coverup," said Casey Quinlan, a history teacher at Olathe South High School.
"We have a 29-year-old unsolved crime, and our government has lied to us," he said.
Quinlan spoke to about 200 people Wednesday at Kansas University about the Kennedy assassination. His three-hour presentation was sponsored by the Board of Class Officers.
Using slides and films, he pointed to various theories to illustrate why he believes that Lee Harvey Oswald did not shoot Kennedy and that others were involved.
Oswald was accused of shooting Kennedy from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository in Dealey Plaza in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
A COMMISSION, headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, investigated the assassination and concluded in a report that Kennedy was shot from behind by a lone gunman.
Quinlan, a Vietnam War veteran who has studied the Kennedy assassination for 22 years, said the CIA, Secret Service, Dallas police and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson may have been involved in a conspiracy to kill the president.
"I don't have all the answers," Quinlan said. "But I do not believe and I will never believe that Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president . . . and that no one else was involved."
Quinlan said that eyewitnesses' statements and photographic evidence show that two or more gunmen were firing at Kennedy from ground level in Dealey Plaza.
HE SAID the president was shot from the front, and that autopsy evidence had been altered to make it look like Kennedy was shot from behind.
In addition, Quinlan said no credible witness could identify Oswald, who was arrested in a movie theater a few hours after the assassination, as the man who was on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Witnesses and photographic evidence show several people in the upper floors of the building at the time of the shooting, he said.
Quinlan also said Dallas police arrested or detained for questioning at least 12 people in Dealey Plaza after the shooting, several of whom were government agents and whose names have not been documented or released to the public.
"THERE'S A lot of speculation that if Oswald couldn't be blamed, there could be another person blamed," he said.
Quinlan said Johnson is implicated in the assassination because his Secret Service agents ordered the route of Kennedy's motorcade changed at the last minute.
Also, he said a former mistress of Johnson's has come forward and said Johnson told her "he wouldn't have to worry about Kennedy anymore after today," the day of the shooting, Quinlan said.
Although promotional materials published by the sponsors of Quinlan's talk said he was a consultant for the movie "JFK", Quinlan was not an adviser to the film.
Quinlan described himself as one of several independent JFK investigators who attend conventions, interview witnesses and uncover evidence about the assassination.