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The unusual suspects

Paul McGuinness

Ever since that fateful day in Dallas, many people have insisted that a conspiracy was behind the death of JFK. On the flight back to Washington, the president’s secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, drew up a list of potential suspects; it wasn’t a short list. At the top, she wrote “Lyndon”, referring to Vice-President Johnson, before adding Nixon, communists and the CIA, among others. Fast forward 54 years, and the release of some 30,000 documents relating to the assassination came and went in a brief media storm. But what did the new documents tell us? Are we any closer to knowing the truth behind the crime of the century? We examine the facts from page 28.

Onlookers captured the moment President Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas

Before I let you get stuck into the issue, I’d like to point you at our recently launched photo feature, Postcards from the Past (p90. Hopefully these delightful images will inspire you to see what pieces of history you can find when you’re out and about. Don’t forget to send us your pictures – we’ll be publishing some of our favourites in coming issues. And be sure to follow us on Instagram @HistoryRevMag for more great pictures from the past.

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In this month’s issue… Who killed JFK? We know Lee Harvey Oswald pulled a trigger, but was he a lone gunman or part of a larger conspiracy? Plus: Elizabeth’s I love rival; the Irish Potato Famine; Picasso’s most prolific year; the medieval knight who’s travels made him more famous than Marco Polo; the Top 10 art controversies and the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.

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