JFK miniseries throws out conspiracy theories
When I heard that HBO was close to finalizing a deal for a miniseries based on the John F. Kennedy assassination, I thought, 'oh great, another conspiratorial tale about JFK.'
As it turns out, the miniseries will be based on Vincent Bugliosi's hefty book, Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which concludes that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.
The miniseries, which will be produced by Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Gary Goetzman, will follow Oswald throughout his life and to his infamous end at the hand of Jack Ruby after he himself kills Kennedy.
If the name "Bugliosi" sounds familiar, you may recognize him as the man who wrote Helter Skelter, about Charles Manson.
Speaking as someone who has found Oliver Stone's JFK less and less compelling as time wears on, I think it's nice to see big names like Hank and Paxton getting behind something like this. I don't think it will deter the conspiracy theorists at all, but the Kennedy assassination has been synonymous with conspiracy for so long I think it's time we took a step back and took another look at what transpired that day.