John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. Central Standard Time in Dallas, Texas while riding in a motorcade in Dealey Plaza.
Kennedy was allegedly fatally shot by a former U.S Marine, Lee Harvey Oswald, while he was riding with his wife, Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally’s wife, Nellie, in a presidential motorcade.
A ten-month investigation by the Warren Commission from November 1963 to September 1964 concluded that Oswald acted alone in shooting Kennedy, and that Jack Ruby also acted alone when he killed Oswald before he could stand trial. Kennedy’s death marked the fourth (following Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley) and most recent assassination of an American President. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became President upon Kennedy’s death.
The ‘Withheld’ JFK Assassination Documents – NEW
Note: There are some false positives in the search engine, and I am investigating exactly why. I am trying to figure out if there is hidden information that I can’t see embedded in the PDF, or if this is a glitch. Until then — it still works great — just may have some false positives within your search results. I aim to fix that, whatever the issue may be.
On July 24, October 26, November 3 and November 9, 2017, the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) released previous withheld records. President Trump tweeting he was allowing the records to be released – however – after much anticipation, thousands were still withheld. According to the official press release, the explanation was as follows:
“Based on requests from executive offices and agencies the President has allowed the temporary withholding of certain information that would harm national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs. The President also ordered agencies to re-review their proposed redactions and only redact information in the rarest of circumstances where its withholding “is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations; and the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.” These instructions will allow the National Archives to release as much information as possible by the end of the temporary certification period on April 26, 2018.”
The Black Vault has obtained the thousands of records released thus far, and created a massive index with all records linked and archived on a single page.
Please Note: Due to the size of the following index, which is more than 22MB in size, we recommend to download (right click, save as…) the .htm file to your desktop, and open it from there.
Want to download all the files at once? I have archived the .zip archive files here. Instructions: You must download ALL files into the same directory. Once there, a standard zip program should open the .zip file, and automatically see the archived additional files of .z01 – .z10. Once unzipped, you should find 6,702 files.
Download the November 3 (searchable .pdf) Release: (right click – press save as): [ .zip 3.7GB ]
Download the November 9 (searchable .pdf) Release: (right click – press save as): [ .zip 7.0GB ]
Download the November 17 (searchable .pdf) Release: (right click – press save as): [ .zip 16.4GB ]
For Archival Reasons, I am keeping this link. This contains ONLY the July 2017 release, and is here in case the above index somehow did not include records in this release.
Assassination Reports and Records
Final Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations US House of Representatives, January 2, 1979 [716 Pages, 43.27MB]
From Bright Ideas to Social Research: The Studies of the Kennedy Assassination, May 1965 [38 Pages, 1 MB]
Central Intelligence Agency Records
Arthur James Balletti Et Al – Unauthorized Publication or Use of Communications – Assassination of John F. Kennedy, 14 May 1962 [7 Pages, 9.1MB]
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Files on Key Players
| Banister, Guy [297 Pages, 32.9 MB]
Banister, Guy – Release #2 [335 Pages, 20.3 MB] – William Guy Banister (March 7, 1901 – June 6, 1964) was an employee of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, and a private investigator. After his death, he gained notoriety from allegations made by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison that he had been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He was an avid anti-communist, alleged member of the Minutemen, the John Birch Society, Louisiana Committee on Un-American Activities, and alleged publisher of the Louisiana Intelligence Digest. He also supported various anti-Castro groups in the New Orleans area: “Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front”; “Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean”; “Friends of Democratic Cuba”. According to the New Orleans States-Item newspaper, “Guy [Banister] participated in every anti-Communist South and Central American revolution that came along, acting as a key liaison man for the U.S. government-sponsored anti-Communist activities in Latin America.”
|Estes, Billie Sol – [34 Pages, 4.44 MB] – Billie Sol Estes (January 10, 1925 – May 14, 2013) was an American businessman; a former financier best known for a business scandal that sent him to jail for fraud multiple times and complicated by his ties to friend and future U.S. President Lyndon Johnson. Estes was living in Granbury, Texas at the time of his death. His body was discovered on May 14, 2013 at his home in DeCordova, Texas. Please note: This was a limited release on his full file, which is estimated to be 77,000 pages in length. I amended my request after some electronic communication with the FBI by stating, “I understand the Estes made some (unfounded) claims about the death of John F. Kennedy towards the end of his life, connecting the murder to LBJ. That’s a small nutshell, but in essence, what I am looking for is anything related to JFK’s assassination and LBJ.”|
|Garrison, Jim – [ 160 Pages, 10.13 MB ] – Earling Carothers “Jim” Garrison (November 20, 1921 – October 21, 1992) – who changed his first name to Jim in the early 1960s – was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, from 1962 to 1973. A member of the Democratic Party, he is best known for his investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He was played by Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone’s JFK.Requesting additional records on Garrison, other than the above, the FBI informed me that records may have BEEN DESTROYED. In addition, others may exist at the National Archives. I am awaiting a response.|
| Pavlick, Richard [ 289 Pages, 16MB ]
United States Secret Service File [ 601 Pages, 29.39MB ]
Secret Service Release #2 [ 9 Pages, 1.7MB ] – Richard Paul Pavlick (February 13, 1887 – November 11, 1975) was a retired postal worker from New Hampshire who stalked U.S. President-Elect John F. Kennedy, with the intent of assassinating him. On December 11, 1960 in Palm Beach, Florida, Pavlick positioned himself to carry out the assassination by blowing up Kennedy and himself with dynamite, but delayed the attempt because Kennedy was with his wife and children. He was then arrested before he was able to stage another attempt.
John “Handsome Johnny” Roselli was rumored by many to have played a role in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Roselli was also involved with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro in the early 1960s.
Although I have filed multiple FOIA requests to multiple agencies, the below are the only records to have come back:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – [1,306 Pages, 52.58MB] – The FBI finally released 1,306 pages of Roselli’s file. There are approximately 17,000 more pages. See the below letter.
Please Note: The FBI acknowledges that there is a nearly 18,000 page FBI file on Johnny Roselli, however, there are enormous fees to go along with obtaining the file. $530 to obtain the records on CD while a printed copy would cost $1,769.40.
If anyone would like to sponsor the rest of this file, I would put all 18,000 pages on The Black Vault and archive it here for research.
National Security Agency (NSA) – The NSA claims that they can “Neither confirm nor deny records exist” on Roselli. Is this simply a standard response? Or are they hiding information?
Weisberg, Harold NARA Release #1 – [22 Pages, 2.2MB]
Harold Weisberg (April 8, 1913 – February 21, 2002) served as an Office of Strategic Services officer during World War II, a U.S. Senate staff member and investigative reporter, an investigator for the Senate Committee on Civil Liberties, and a U.S. State Department intelligence analyst who devoted 40 years of his life to researching and writing about the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. He wrote ten self-published and published books and approximately thirty-five unpublished books related to the details for those assassinations, mostly with respect to Kennedy’s assassination. Weisberg was a strong critic of the Warren Commission report and of the methods used in investigating President Kennedy’s murder. In this regard, he was avant-garde, embarking on a course that many other conspiracy theorists would later come to follow. Weisberg is best known for his seminal work, Whitewash, where he wrote: “Following thousands of hours of research in and analysis of the vast, chaotic, deliberately disorganized, padded and largely meaningless 26 volumes of the testimony and exhibits of the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its 900-page Report – millions of words of which are not needed and are merely diversionary – I published the results of my investigation in a book, Whitewash: The Report on the Warren Report. In this book, I establish that the inquiry into the assassination was a whitewash, using as proof only what the Commission avoided, ignored, misrepresented and suppressed of its own evidence.” On February 21, 2002, Weisberg died of cardiovascular disease at his home in Frederick, Maryland.
National Security Agency Records
National Security Agency Records on the JFK Assassination Batch 1 [214 Pages, 17.3MB]
National Security Agency Records on the JFK Assassination Batch 2 [492 Pages, 47MB]
Report of the Assassination Records Review Board
The President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 created the Assassination Records Review Board as an independent agency to re-examine for release the assassination-related records that federal agencies still regarded as too sensitive to open to the public. The Board finished its work on September 30, 1998, issued a final report, and transferred all of its records to the National Archives and Records Administration.
Warren Commission Report
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson on November 29, 1963 to investigate the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy that had taken place on November 22, 1963. Its 889-page final report was presented to President Johnson on September 24, 1964 and made public three days later. It concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy and wounding Texas Governor John Connally and that Jack Ruby also acted alone when he killed Oswald two days later. The Commission’s findings have proven controversial and have been both challenged and supported by later studies.
The Commission took its unofficial name—the Warren Commission—from its chairman, Chief Justice Earl Warren. According to published transcripts of Johnson’s presidential phone conversations, some major officials were opposed to forming such a commission and several commission members took part only with extreme reluctance. One of their chief reservations was that a commission would ultimately create more controversy than consensus, and those fears proved valid. (Source: Wikipedia)
Warren Commission Report (Full) [910 Pages, 88.9MB]