On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas, while riding in a motorcade. Ninety minutes later, a man named Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested on suspicion of killing a Dallas police officer, less than ten minutes away from where Kennedy was assassinated.
Unbeknownst at that moment to the arresting officers, the name Oswald had already been on the lips of other officers, looking for him as one of the missing employees of the building from where it was now believed that President Kennedy was assassinated from…The Texas School Book Depository.
During his time in custody, officers felt that Oswald could be arrogant, but he was also very forthcoming, very talkative. However, he ‘emphatically’ denied, until his own end, having killed President Kennedy, or a police officer. Oswald himself would be killed within 48 hours of his own arrest.
It is noteworthy that the day before his death, Oswald told his brother Robert ‘do
not form any opinion on the so-
While Oswald was in custody, the press themselves were given free-
It was this flippant sense of security that also allowed Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, to do the same. Of course, even if better security had been in place, he most likely still would have been allowed to do whatever he wanted to do (he was on a first name basis with the majority of the Dallas police force).
With both Texas and Congress preparing inquiries into the case, the new President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, effectively cut them off at the pass with the formation of the Warren Commission.
Ten months later, the Commission would publish what is known as The Warren Commission Report. Inside it, they would declare Oswald’s lone guilt, in both the killing of President Kennedy, and the killing of Dallas Police Officer, J.D. Tippit: That there was no evidence of a conspiracy.
While initially the report was received with grand applause, it was not long before the critics started ripping apart its tethered edges, with the majority of the US population following suit. __Even the same US government would declare them wrong, fifteen years later.
Formed in part because of public outcry (over a showing of the Zapruder film), the House Select Committee on Assassinations issued a report that said that President Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy. They would still insist that Oswald was the only one that actually acquired a target, but they would also say that the evidence was persuasive that Kennedy was assassinated as the result of a conspiracy, including the fact that there was a second shooter in Dealey Plaza.
According to both the Warren Commission and the HSCA, the bullets that struck President
Kennedy and Governor Connally came from above and behind the presidential limousine.
That it was Oswald, on the sixth floor (of the TSBD) that fired the shots. The
HSCA would then say that the other shooter, at the picket fence, missed the
limousine all together.
The Zapruder film was a home movie of the assassination, taken by Abraham Zapruder. He had initially scrapped the idea of filming the motorcade that day because of the weather, but after it cleared up, his assistant urged him to go back home and get his camera.
Standing on top of a four-
As the President begins to wave at the crowd, he and the limousine disappear behind a road sign. Reemerging from it, Kennedy is then reacting to having been shot in the throat.
Instead of accelerating, as he should have, Secret Service Agent William Greer slows the limo down (as he looks back at Kennedy). Turning forward, he then slows the limo down even further, this
time to all but a stop (as he again looks back at Kennedy). It is at this precise moment that blood and brain matter then flies through the air, as the President is fatally shot in the head.
Connally was shot in the back, with the entry wound located just to the right of his right shoulder blade, but just below and to the left of his right armpit. This bullet then transcended his chest, smashing a rib before exiting just below and to the right of his right nipple.
Connally also received a wound to his right wrist, in which the bullet entered the palm side before exiting the backside: His radius bone was shattered in the process.
Finally, Connally received a third wound, this time to his left thigh, in which the bullet reached just below the skin. However, a fragment from it reached the femur bone itself.
A third person was injured (during the course of the assassination) when a bullet went wild and hit
the curb, causing a chip of concrete to hit him in the face.
Both the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations said that the bullet that transcended Kennedy’s neck, also created the wounds to Governor Connally (who was sitting in front of Kennedy), but the doctors that treated Connally found that hard to believe.
Now although it’s not widely reported, the doctors did say that if Kennedy and Connally were sitting in a precise position, then yes, it was at least possible that one bullet could have created the seven wounds to the two men. However, when the doctors were next shown the bullet that the government would go on to say created these seven wounds (CE 399, aka the Magic Bullet, aka the Pristine Bullet) Dr. Shaw in particular had objected.
In retort of this (some four decades later), lone nut researcher Vincent Bugliosi wrote that only a trained pathologist could tell what a bullet could, or could not do inside the human body, and what it would like afterwards. Which is probably true, but even the forensic pathologist that attended the Kennedy autopsy said “No.”
Lt. Col. Pierre Finck, testifying before the Warren Commission, said it wasn’t possible for the same reason that Dr. Shaw did…that there wasn’t enough (lead) missing from the bullet (in comparison to what was found in Connally’s wrist) 2.
Actually, Pierre was more definite about it than what Shaw was.
The reason the Commission and the Committee needed the single bullet theory (aka the magic bullet theory) to work is because for one, Kennedy was hit with two separate bullets. For two, our innocent bystander was injured as the result of a third bullet that had gone astray. For three, only three spent shells were found in the sniper’s lair. And for four, Oswald (or whoever the shooter was) did not have enough time to fire a fourth shot, if not more so (accounting for the wounds to Governor Connally).
So, with both government bodies needing Oswald to be the only one that actually shot anyone, and considering the amount of shells found and the lack of time to fire any other shots, they had to go with this theory, whether the doctors and the pathologist in question supported it or not!
Welcome to 36 Minutes: The JFK Assassination.
My purpose here is not to see which conspiracy theory is correct, and which one is not. My purpose is to see if the government’s own evidence supports its case. In which other than with my own reenactments, I do it using just their own evidence. To that end though, any reference I do make to a fellow researcher is done as a frame of reference only.
As you go along, be sure and click on my footnotes and images. When you do so, you’ll actually see the evidence that my case is based on.