The assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald may be the most theorized-about national tragedy in American history. So debated is the question of who was ultimately responsible for Kennedy’s murder, in fact, that the president’s brother may have believed someone other than Oswald himself was behind the shooting. At least, that is the allegation presently being made by the former President’s nephew, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The Texas Star-Telegram reports:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn’t solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed that the Warren Commission report was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.”[...]

Robert Kennedy Jr. said his father spent a year trying to come to grips with his brother’s death, reading the work of Greek philosophers and Catholic scholars, “trying to figure out kind of the existential implications of why a just God would allow injustice to happen of the magnitude he was seeing.”

He said his father had investigators research the assassination and found that phone records of Lee Harvey Oswald and nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who killed Oswald two days after the assassination, “were like an inventory” of mafia leaders the government had been investigating.

“He publicly supported the Warren Commission report but privately he was dismissive of it,” Kennedy said.

 So who did the former attorney general and later presidential candidate believe ultimately was responsible? The answer is unclear, but his son implied that the culprit might have been the Central Intelligence Agency. According to the following report by ABC News, when the younger RFK was offered a list of possible suspects, he admonished his interlocutor to include “rogue CIA agents” in the list: 

And as to why RFK senior didn’t come forward with these allegations? Apparently he felt it would be “a distraction” from the push for civil rights at the time.