Case Closed

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Over two hundred books about the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy have been published since that unforgettable event occurred on November 22, 1963. The president’s murder, followed shortly by his brother Robert’s, is the stuff of Greek tragedy. A vigorous cottage industry supporting conspiracy theories flourished after President Kennedy’s death; Robert Kennedy’s assassination fueled the fires of those who supported such theories, which flew in the face of the Warren Commission’s official findings.

Gerald Posner, author of other impressive investigative books, has researched this volume well. His findings contradict in significant ways such earlier conclusions as those found in Anthony Summer’s CONSPIRACY (1980), William Manchester’s THE DEATH OF A PRESIDENT (1967), Richard H. Popkin’s THE SECOND OSWALD (1966), and Mark Lane’s RUSH TO JUDGMENT (1966).

Although this book demonstrates that both the CIA and the FBI withheld crucial information from the Warren Commission, it presents hitherto unavailable information from Lee Harvey Oswald’s KGB file hospitable to the one-man, one-gun theory. Posner’s interview with the agent who shadowed Oswald after he left the Soviet Union does not contradict this theory.

To support his case further, Posner used advanced computer technology to enhance the Zapruder film, which recorded Kennedy’s actual shooting. Added to this are Posner’s keen psychoanalytical insights into Oswald, which suggest that he was capable of acting alone.

Despite his impressive massing of evidence and a case, well-argued and convincingly presented, that scuttles every major conspiracy theory, Posner is certainly not able to write across the assassination files the definitive “Case Closed” his title intimates. For a well-argued opposing viewpoint, see Peter Dale Scott’s DEEP POLITICS AND THE DEATH OF JFK.