Local historians share predictions about JFK papers

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Those who are old enough remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news that President Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963.

For years, conspiracy theories have circulated over who pulled the trigger.

Thursday, files that have been sealed for 35 years were released.

I talked to a couple of local historians about what we might see come to light.

It is hoped the papers will finally answer some questions that are more than 50 years old.

"Broad daylight in a major American city, meaning Dallas, and 50 years later to have this still be controversial about who killed him and how he died and where the wounds were in the body. That's really outrageous that after all of these years we're still talking about this," said John Martinson, a JFK researcher.

They think there are some very good reasons why opinions are so divided.

"There should be an equal balance instead of some lone nut, loser killing the most powerful man in the world. It doesn't add up for a lot of people," said Rick Collin, a presidential historian.

Neither thought there would be anything major in the papers.

"I don't think that there will be a bombshell in there that is going to excite people, and give them an answer that they've been waiting for," said Martinson.

It's suspected by these historians that the main focus of these documents will be Lee Harvey Oswald and his activities in Mexico leading up to the shooting.

Clint Hill, a North Dakota native, was one of the Secret Service agents present that day. He is getting some national attention Thursday for his efforts trying to save Kennedy's life.