The Umbrella Man Near JFK's Assassination Site In 'Umbrella Academy' Was A Real Person

Alexis Jones

From Women's Health

This article contains spoilers for season 2 of Umbrella Academy.

Season 2 of Netflix's superhero drama, The Umbrella Academy, is proving to be even more sneaky than the first time around. While season one's easter eggs were more about character development, this time around, there are plenty of real life history clues hidden within the show. A major nod worth pointing out is the man Diego and Five spot holding a black umbrella in episode two.

Remember: Season 2 takes place in 1963, just days before former President John F. Kennedy's assassination. In the second episode, Diego and Five are viewing the Frenkel footage that's supposedly taken on November 22, 1963 (the day of Kennedy's assassination), by two bystanders during the president's motorcade through Dallas.

While viewing the footage, Five and Diego spot a man dressed in black holding up a black umbrella. As the brothers zoom in on the man, they realize it's their father—he's alive, and he might have had had something to do with the killing of the president. But the scarier part about this scene is that the man holding the umbrella during Kennedy's assassination isn't a fictional character at all. He was a real person who played a role in American history.

He was dubbed the "umbrella man", but his real name was Louie Steven Witt.

On November 22, 1963, Witt stood among other Dallas residents as John F. Kennedy rode by in his motorcade. The only difference between Witt and the other bystanders was that he was holding up a black umbrella on a perfectly sunny day, a peculiarity that would play into a longstanding conspiracy theory about who was involved in shooting JFK, according to The Boston Globe.

Some theorists believe Witt may have been working with Lee Harvey Oswald.

While Lee Harvey Oswald was the man arrested for JFK's murder, authorities thought back then and some theorists still think today that Oswald didn't act alone. That's where the Umbrella Man (a.k.a. Witt) comes in. One of the major theories suggests that the umbrella man used his umbrella to shoot a dart in Kennedy's neck, immobilizing him enough for Oswald or another co-conspirator to shoot the president, per The Boston Globe.

Witt said the umbrella was meant as a political statement directed at Kennedy's father.

In 1978, Witt was brought before the House committee about his possible involvement in the Kennedy assassination. During questioning, the committee compared Witt's umbrella to conspiracy theorist's diagrams with secret bullet firing mechanisms, per The Washington Post.

"Has exhibit 405 ever contained a gun or weapon of any sort?" asked Robert Genzman, staff counsel to the committee. Witt said no, and then went on to explain his intention that day was to use the umbrella to heckle the president. It was a sign of political protest and meant as a slight toward Kennedy's father. "A black umbrella had been the trademark of Nazi-appeasing British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, whom Joseph Kennedy had supported," according to The Post.

"If the Guinness Book of World Records had a category for people doing the wrong thing at the wrong time in the wrong place, I would be No. 1 in that position," Witt told the committee, per The Post.

After having cleared his name, Witt died on November 17, 2014, according to Tributes.com.

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