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Mountain Brook graduate leads American University investigation into JFK assassination

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Payne Griffin, who graduated from Mountain Brook in 2011, lead a five-month long investigation of the JFK assassination at American University.  Honors government students at American University in Washington, D.C. recently published the results of the investigation on a new web site designed by Griffin.

"We knew the 50th anniversary was approaching, and we wanted to find out if we could contribute anything to the current debate about the assassination," said Griffin.

The students looked at previously classified documents released by the government and also listened to notable speakers about the assassination.  They then published individual responses to the speakers on their web site.  The assignment ended in May, but the class could not agree on a unified theory. 

"We tracked individual opinions throughout the project," said Griffin. "I was surprised to find that not only did people's conclusions drastically change throughout the process, but by the end, the class could not collectively decide what the dominate theory had been."

A poll of the students showed at the beginning of the investigation, 64% of the students believed that Lee Harvey Oswald committed the assassination alone. Five-months later at the end of the investigation, 44% of the students concluded "the assassination was the work of Oswald in cooperation with Mafia figures."

The results of the study can be found at


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