WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — President Trump says he won't block the thousands of government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination. On Thursday those documents will be released and the public is eager to find out what they reveal.
"You can't separate out the assassination of Kennedy from the Kennedy years," said Purdue University Political Science Professor Jay McCann. "The people who were brought into the Kennedy Administration were cognisant that this is an historical change. Eisenhower gave way to Kennedy, it was the passing of a generation."
He says what those years represent, is what make the topic so timeless.
The Purdue Political Science Professor says the John F. Kennedy assassination papers are required by law, to be released. But as for how much? Well, that's up to President Trump's administration.
McCann said, "He would say and people around him would say in the interest in transparency, openness, historical record, why not?"
It's still possible we won't see all the records though.
He added, "Some of it might still be redacted, if anything is perceived to be overly sensitive or if any of the principles are still involved in politics."
But he expects the American people will learn a lot, something Purdue student Rachel Kammeyer looks forward to.
"I think it's very important because it's our history and you know every presidency is important," said Kammeyer.
And some attitudes may change in the process.
Kammeyer said, "I think we all like to create our own fantasies and if we find some new information about it and what could it be, so maybe it will create new ones, or maybe it will turn down the old theories that we had."
Among the biggest questions still lingering about JFK's assassination surround a trip Lee Harvey Oswald took to Mexico City just one month before.
"Depending on where he went in Mexico, who he contacted, you know there might be some potentially embarrassing things, new information that comes to light about how they tried to hide some information or whatever, so we'll see," said McCann.
But he said he hopes people take a step back, explaining, "It's very important not to look at old evidence through a contemporary lens."
And realize today's world is much different than the Kennedy years.
McCann says the release of the documents could create new conspiracy theories. Or just put an end to existing ones.