DALLAS –– It’s been 50 Novembers since John F. Kennedy was shot dead on the streets of downtown Dallas. There remain beliefs that the death of JFK was a conspiracy. But come Friday, those theorists who share their thoughts at Dealey Plaza will have to take their messages elsewhere.
JFK was killed in Dallas on Robert Groden's 18th birthday. Groden, a leading expert on conspiracy theories, and other members of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA) are upset with the city of Dallas.
"We hold a moment of silence every year," said Groden. "It's respectful. There's never been a problem ever in the last 49 years. Now, the city's pretending we're a problem. We're not. They are."
Dallas spokesman Frank Librio said COPA's members were free to request tickets for the ceremony, just as any other member of the public. Librio says the city offered the organization the use of Dealey Plaza following the city's ceremony.
"We have a right to express our opinion about it to present what the evidence is," said Groden. "The city doesn't want that."
Dallas officials say conspiracy theorists have been given the same opportunity as any other group to mark the anniversary. But the theorists say the city never seemed to have a problem with their ceremony until the 50th anniversary.