November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one of the most momentous and scrutinized moments in American history. Even half a century later, questions persist: Who really shot Kennedy? Was there a conspiracy to kill the president? Why are there still so many loose ends and secrets?
With the benefit of both distance and technology, we know far more about the events that fateful day in Dallas than Americans did at the time. But facts rarely get in the way of a good story, and the JFK assassination is a story tailor-made for a novelist.
Leave it to a novelist, then, to delve into the truth behind the myth. Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author and host of the History Channel series “Decoded,” focuses on the Kennedy assassination as part of his new book “History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time.”
“We analyzed everything we could find, from the facts, to the myths that keep getting repeated,” Meltzer says. “We so want to believe there's a conspiracy. Why? Because we don’t want to believe that our government could be jackknifed by a high school dropout.”
But sometimes the facts don’t line up with the myth. Here, Meltzer shares with Yahoo ten aspects of the JFK assassination most Americans may not know, whether because they’re little-known facts or because the myth is a better story.