STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- Fifty years ago today, America was shocked by the loss of a President. John F. Kennedy was assassinated on this date in 1963 while riding in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.
David R. Wrone is a Professor Emeritus at UW-Stevens Point, who retired in 1993. He has spent most of his life researching the events surrounding the death of the 35th President of the United States... and he doesn’t believe for a moment that Americans have been told the truth about that afternoon in Dallas, Texas. “The evidence linking Lee Harvey Oswald to the crime cannot stand the scrutiny of objectivity, and more than that, the evidence is such that more than two people shot him. I do not know who shot him. I know the bullets came from the front and from the back, and none of them by Oswald.”
Wrone says paraffin wax tests from Lee Harvey Oswald’s cheeks show he never fired a rifle, yet he went down in history as the man who alone killed the President.
The professor says the government still has about 11,000 folders in the National Archives that they refuse to release to the public. Wrone says even now, individuals and organizations are trying to get these sealed documents released to the public. “There’s been about five-hundred legal cases filed to get the documents released, so far. A lot of documents have been released, but there’s still some left.”
Wrone says it’s a free country, and we’re entitled to see the documents, saying there is no reason to hide the truth behind a fifty-year-old murder anymore.
Professor Wrone also believes the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination, released a report full of useless information. “When you go through those 912 pages, you’ll find that it tells you Lee Harvey Oswald in 1941 had a dog called “Sunshine” and that his aunt worked in 1929 in Woolworths dime store in New Orleans. It also tells you that John Quincy Adams, President of the United States, liked to skinny dip in the Potomac River, and that President Chet Arthur liked to ride the streetcars. It also tells you many other interesting things that had no relationship whatsoever to the murder of President John F. Kennedy.”
Wrone says when you eliminate the blank pages and the irrelevant information in the Warren Commission report, there’s only 90 pages left with plenty of duplicity and corruption. He calls the report a tragedy.
There is another writing Wrone dislikes more than the Warren Commission report. That is the recent book by television host Bill O’Reilly. Wrone says, “Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, he published a book called, “Killing Kennedy.” It is one atrocious book. He’s a junior keystone cop. He lied in there. He speculates in there and puts that off as fact.”Professor Wrone has written books about the Kennedy assassination. Many of his writings and collections are in the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point archives.
(You can listen to our entire interview with Professor Wrone on our website, here.)