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

Meaghan Ellis

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.

"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."

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 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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