Check out the set of combination photographs from the Atlantic Cities Blog on "The Places That Defined JFK’s Assassination, Then and Now."
Above: A combination picture shows (L) a handout photograph acquired from the Dallas Police Department John F. Kennedy Collection, described as showing Lee Harvey Oswald “holding a rifle in one hand and Communist newspapers in the other” in the backyard of 214 W. Neely Street in an undated photo believed to have been taken in 1963 in Dallas, Texas, and (R) the backyard of 214 West Neely Street in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, Texas photographed November 12, 2013. (REUTERS/Dallas Police Department/Dallas Municipal Archives/University of North Texas/Handout (L) and Adrees Latif (R))
Investigative reporter Philip Shenon wrote a book called “A Cruel and Shocking Act” in which he studies the Warren Commission’s investigation of the JFK assassination:
The destruction of evidence begins within hours of the president’s death. President Kennedy is assassinated on a Friday. On Saturday night his autopsy report is pushed into the fireplace by the Navy pathologist. Several hours after that, FBI agents in Dallas shred a handwritten note that Oswald had left for them a few weeks before and flush it down the toilet. Then several hours after that, Marina Oswald, Oswald’s widow, puts a match to photographs that show her husband holding the assassination rifle. And that’s just the first weekend of evidence destruction; it goes on, and on, and on in the weeks that follow.
image via US News
Today Fresh Air’s TV critic David Bianculli talks about the media coverage for the Kennedy assassination:
In 1993 Terry Gross spoke to Walter Cronkite about this iconic moment in broadcasting history:
Terry Gross: When you went on to say that Kennedy was dead, your eyes teared and that’s something we’ve seen replayed so many times, on every anniversary of the death, and it’s become one of these historic moments of broadcasting. Were you concerned about getting emotional on the air? Did you try to be as emotionless and stoic as possible, and were you concerned when you realized that your eye was tearing?
Walter Cronkite: Well, I wasn’t concerned about my eye tearing, I was concerned about my voice choking and not being able to speak. That concerned me quite a lot. The tearing didn’t matter, I certainly, didn’t really think about it except the concern that I wouldn’t be able to get the words out.
TG: How close did you come to not being able to get them out?
WC: Pretty close, I think. I remember a moment of real terror that I was going to choke up and fall apart, as it were.