- The fatal shot came from the front.
- A ‘Magic Bullet’ was said to have defied the laws of physics (primarily gravity), requiring an elaborate and ex post facto violation of Occam’s Razor to make it sound remotely plausible.
- The ‘Magic Bullet’ –CE-399 –may have been planted or, more innocently, misidentified; the ‘chain of evidence’ is non-existent; and, had the case gone to trial, it would have been thrown out of court.
It is claimed that CE-399 was fired from what is ‘said’ to have been Oswald’s rifle, an assertion that is impossible to support. The famous photo linking Oswald to the rifle is an obvious fake. It has been said that the ‘chain of evidence’ was broken. In fact, CE-399 –found on John Connally’s gurney at Parkland Hospital –has no traceable history that places it at the scene of the crime.
I asked myself, Is the bullet sitting in the National Archives today really the same bullet recovered at Parkland Memorial Hospital in the wake of the Kennedy assassination? I decided to put the issue to the test.
Phantom Identification It was on March 16, 1964 during James Humes’ testimony before the Warren Commission (WC) that CE-399 was first introduced into evidence. Arlen Specter related on the record that CE-399’s bone fides were “subject to later proof,” but would be introduced with the proviso that the bullet was the same “missile which [had] been taken from the stretcher which the evidence now indicates was the stretcher occupied by Governor Connally.” The fact that Humes was the first witness to testify about CE-399, yet had played no part whatsoever its chain of custody, forced Specter to introduce CE-399 “subject to later proof.” Fifteen days later, Specter queried SA Robert Frazier on CE-399’s provenance:
Mr. EISENBERG. Mr. Frazier, I now hand you Commission Exhibit 399, which, for the record, is a bullet, and also for the record, it is a bullet which was found in the Parkland Hospital following the assassination. Are you familiar with this exhibit? Mr. FRAZIER. Yes, sir. This is a bullet which was delivered to me in the FBI laboratory on November 22, 1963 by Special Agent Elmer Todd of the FBI Washington Field Office. Mr. EISENBERG. Does that have your mark on it?
Mr. FRAZIER. Yes, it does. Mr. EISENBERG. The bullet is in the same condition as it was when you received it? Mr. FRAZIER. Yes, sir; except for the marking of my initials and the other examiners.(3H428) [March 31, 1964]
Frazier established that the CE-399 bullet before him was the same one he’d received from SA Elmer Todd on 11/22/63. But Frazier’s testimony that CE-399 was the same bullet handed to him by SA Todd, in and of itself, does not begin to establish whether or not it was the same bullet that actually came off the stretcher in Dallas. Oddly, Elmer Todd was never called to testify before the WC. Nor were SA Richard Johnsen, or chief of Parkland Hospital security and former DPD detective, O. P. Wright, whom both figure prominently in the chain of custody of CE-399. The WC did call on the employee who actually found the bullet. On March 20, 1964 the WC took Parkland Hospital orderly, Darrell Tomlinson’s testimony. That was a mere four days after CE-399 was introduced during Humes’ testimony. Incredibly, Tomlinson, whose testimony was taken in Dallas, was queried extensively about where he found a bullet (which stretcher), but was never shown CE-399 or asked to identify it as the bullet he found the day Kennedy was assassinated. Having Tomlinson ID the bullet is the “proof” that would have established that the bullet’s bone fides were in order. But that didn’t happen. What did happen was that the day after Tomlinson testified, Robert Frazier delivered CE-399 to the WC (See Figure 1).–John Hunt, The Phantom Identification of the Magic Bullet: E. L. Todd and CE-399
A key phrase is ‘non-fatal’. Had this case gone to court, a single fatal wound might have been sufficient to get a conviction. Not even the Warren Commission believed the ‘magic bullet’ to have been fatal. That dubious honor belongs to the single bullet that struck JFK in the right forehead driving his head ‘…back and to the left’. The Warren Commission, however, failed to acknowledge the fact that whatever struck the President on Frame 313 of the Zapruder film came from the front –the grassy knoll. The elaborate ‘magic bullet’ upon which Arlen Specter gambled his good name and credibility, is irrelevant!
In contrast to the testimony of witnesses who heard and observed shots fired from the depository, the commission’s investigation has disclosed no credible evidence that any shots were fired from anywhere else. —Warren Commission Report, JFK Assassination
The Warren Commission knew that it could get away with such an absurdity. There were big names on the commission. But so egregious is this error, one must ask the obvious question: what was the Warren Commission deliberately trying to hide? Quick response: the government’s own complicity in murder.
The Warren Commission did not fear a sudden outbreak of truth. The Zapruder Film, it was believed, had been sealed. Everything had been nailed down, covered up, or cover storied! But since it was broadcast by Geraldo Rivera, the Zapruder film has gone mainstream. Until it can be demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt to have been tampered with, Zapruder remains a yardstick against which all other ‘said’ evidence must be measured for consistency. Frame 313, for example, is a dramatic moment of less than a tenth of a second in which the President was struck dramatically and mortally. All other timelines must conform to this and other key moments recorded on film. Gerald Ford admitted to tampering with evidence while he was on the Warren Commission. In other words, Ford committed a federal crime the effect of which has kept the truth from the American people since 1963.
The initial draft of the report stated:
“A bullet had entered his back at a point slightly above the shoulder to the right of the spine.”
Ford wanted it to read:
“A bullet had entered the back of his neck slightly to the right of the spine.”
Too timely, too convenient, the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by known mobster Jack Ruby necessitated the creation of the Warren Commission, a ‘weighty’ panel of well-known public figures, in other words ‘big wigs’ who could get away with promoting the official cover story.
“According to the Warren Report the missile hit JFK in the posterior neck, then without striking any hard object passed through the neck to exit at the front of his throat. It then entered Texas Governor John B. Connally’s back at the right arm pit, sliding along his fifth rib, demolishing four inches of the rib before it exited his chest below the right nipple. The bullet then allegedly struck and shattered the radius of the right wrist on the dorsal side, then exited at the base of his palm and hit his left thigh just about the knee.The Report then asserts that CE 399 traveled about three inches beneath the surface of the skin, hit the femur and deposited a lead fragment on the bone. Then, sometime later, with a spasm of reverse kinetic energy it spontaneously exited the hole in Connally’s thigh and neatly tucked itself under the mattress of a stretcher parked in a hallway of the Parkland Memorial Hospital that the Report asserted was linked to the wounded governor. There it rested calmly under the mattress waiting for its rendezvous with history.”–Gerald McKnight, Researcher
The death of Lee Harvey Oswald who had always maintained that he was a ‘patsy’ was improbably convenient. It relieved the government of having to get a conviction. Most importantly, however, the Warren Commission could not risk a trial that would have exposed the cover up. That is motive enough to order a ‘hit’. Certainly –a trial of Oswald disastrous for a corrupt and perhaps illegitimate government. Oswald. Oswald knew too much. The Zapruder film would have been played back in court, proving to any intelligent jury that the ‘magic bullet’ was not only wrong and inadmissible, it was irrelevant. The fatal shot came from the front, striking JFK just above his right eye, exploding his skull and driving his head back and to the left. Backward and to the left! If you doubt this, here is a link to a unique site: Zapruder Film Frame by Frame. Every frame of Zapruder is enlarged and accessible with a link. Zapruder can be examined, literally, frame by frame.
The murder of JFK may not have been the classic coup d’etat —but coup d’etat it was. The many official lies about JFKs murder deflect attention from the real evidence that disproves the official narrative. Had this evidence been followed up it might have been proven that Lee Harvey Oswald:
- could not have fired the fatal shot;
- was probably not even in the depository window at the time of the murder
- would have been ill-placed as a shooter even IF he had a part of the bigger conspiracy.
- that the Depository is the least desirable location from which to pull off a hit.
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