James Files: JFK Murder Conspiracy Theories Resurface As Hitman Who Confessed To Assassination Prepares For Prison Release

James Files, the man who has repeatedly confessed to assassinating John F. Kennedy, has been moved from a maximum security facility at Danville Correctional Center, in Danville, Illinois, to a more lenient one.

According to the Daily Mail, James Files — who has been in prison for the past 36 years — is scheduled to be released next spring. To this day, Files still insists he was the man on grassy knoll. On that fateful afternoon of November 22, 1963, Files admitted he was the man who fired the fatal shot that ultimately killed JFK.


During a notable 1994 interview, he shared graphic details about the fatal shooting and the single gunshot wound to his head. He offered a detailed account of the shooting and how he aimed directly at JFK’s head, firing only one shot.

“I was aiming at his right eye. When I pulled the trigger it was almost like looking from six feet away through the scope. As I squeezed his head moved forward. I missed and got it right along the temple, right behind the eye. I squeezed off my round. I hit him and blew his head backward. I fired one shot and one shot only.”

Now, in the wake of James Files upcoming release, and the 55th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s presidential election, conspiracy theories have resurfaced and Files’ claims are being questioned yet again. So, did he really assassinate John F. Kennedy?

According to JFK Murder Solved, a site dedicated to the critical analysis of Kennedy’s untimely death, there were a number of details about Files’ confession that were quite contradictory, but proven to be true.

The 72-year-old former mob hitman indicated that he used a Remington XP-100 Fireball to carry out the assassination, which sparked a number of debates. Conspiracy theorists claimed the firearm Files used was more of a pistol than a rifle. So, he should have “had an enormous recoil” because it “kicks like a mule.” Files’ line of vision has also been questioned. Although he claims he could see clearly through the scope of the firearm, there is reportedly no way he could have based on the firearm he said he used.


Another arguable factor centers around the availability of the XP-100 in 1963. Some critics argue that particular firearm was unavailable in 1963 and the rounds of ammunition used for the weapon were “not a .222 caliber, but rather .221.” However, those accusations were proven to be false because that firearm model was introduced in 1963, with prototypes available as early as 1962, and the weapon was, indeed, chambered for .222 caliber rounds.

ROSCOE, IL - NOVEMBER 19: The actual Secret Service car which followed President John F. Kennedy's limousine when he was shot and killed in Dallas is displayed behind a Lincoln convertible similar to the one the president and his wife were riding in at the Historic Auto Attractions museum on November 19, 2013 in Roscoe, Illinois. The museum has a large collection of items from Kennedy's life and death on display. It has been fifty years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Another factor that has raised speculation is the timeline of events. James Files has been criticized by many conspiracy theorists who argue he didn’t have enough time to do all that he said he did immediately after the shooting took place. He stated that he bit the shell casing after firing the fatal shot and left the casing on a fence near the grassy knoll. Then, he allegedly placed the gun in a briefcase and turned his jacket inside out before putting it back on and walking away. Files claims he was able to walk away without anyone noticing him.

Even police officers who were less than 25 yards away failed to spot him. Some argue that with all of the chaos immediately after the shooting, Files wouldn’t have had time to spare and he’d only had enough time to flee. Although the speculation is justifiable, all of Files claims seem to add up. But, since Files’ charges stemmed from the attempted murder of a police officer, he was never tried and convicted for JFK’s assassination. So, his untimely death still remains a mystery.

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