Two Rivers Man Talks About His Role in JFK Investigation - WBAY

Two Rivers Man Talks About His Role in JFK Investigation

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Fifty years after John F. Kennedy's assassination, many questions still remain.

A Two Rivers man is a former staff investigator for the U.S. House Select Committee on assassinations.

Conrad Baetz was a senior at Washington High School in Two Rivers when Kennedy was assassinated and remembers exactly what he was doing on that fateful day.

"We were riding around on my lunch hour in the car. Kennedy got shot at 12:28 our time. We hear it there was a flash broadcast," recalls Baetz.

After high school, Baetz served with the Army Security Agency and later worked at the Madison County Sheriff's Department in Illinois.

He never thought he'd end up investigating the death of JFK.

"I didn't come up with a smoking gun or anything like that. I was part of a joint effort that was made. That's a pretty big effort as far as attention to detail," said Baetz.

The U.S. House Select Committee was formed in 1976 to investigate conspiracy theories surrounding Kennedy's assassination.

"They didn't necessarily excuse organize crime. They did say it was definitely the possibility of a conspiracy," explained Baetz.

The committee ruled that evidence shows Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK, but the question was and still is -- did someone help him?

Baetz says Oswald fired three shots at Kennedy, but a recording from the Dallas police picks up four shots total.

"Our experts said that's where it came from. They said better than 50% probability that it came from the grassy knoll area," said Baetz.

Fifty years later it still remains a mystery.

 

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