February 21, 2007


Case closed, no evidence to prove the JFK conspiracy: Gerald Posner, in The New York Times, on how new film vindicates the single bullet-single gunman theory (Gerald Posner, February 22, 2007, The Australian)
LAST weekend, a never-before-seen home movie was made public showing president John F. Kennedy's motorcade just before his assassination ... The footage definitively resolves one of the case's enduring controversies: that the bullet wound on Kennedy's back, as documented and photographed during the autopsy, did not match up with the location of the bullet hole on the back of his suit jacket and shirt. [...]

For years, those of us who concluded that the single-bullet theory was sound still had to speculate that Kennedy's suit had bunched up during the ride, causing the hole to be lower in the fabric than one would expect. Because the holes in the shirt and jacket align perfectly, if the jacket was elevated when the shot struck, the shirt also had to have been raised. Conspiracy theorists have done everything to disprove that the jacket was bunched ...

The new film has finally resolved the issue. At the end of the clip, as the camera focuses on the backs of the president and first lady, Kennedy's suit is significantly bunched up, with several layers creased together. Only 90 seconds before Lee Harvey Oswald fired the first shot, Kennedy's suit jacket was precisely in the position to misrepresent the bullet's entry point.
Mr. Posner's Case Closed is one of those books that is simply dispositive on a point where people believe much nonsense.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2007 7:16 AM

Why have 40+ years gone by before this film was made public.

Posted by: erp at February 21, 2007 3:01 PM