How could a bullet go through JFK's neck & Governor Connally's chest & be recovered in virtually "pristine" condition?
The Warren Commission had a problem with the FBI investigation.
The FBI Report, issued on December 9, 1963, said 3 bullets had been fired.
The first hit JFK, the second hit Connally, & the third hit JFK in the head.
This scenario matched John Connally's own testimony that he heard the first shot, was in the process of turning to see JFK, & then was hit by a second shot.
But the Warren Commission discovered a shot missed the motorcade entirely & a piece of that bullet hit James Tague standing by the overpass.
So, the Commission was left with 2 bullets.
One hit JFK in the head.
This left 1 bullet to account for ALL the non-fatal wounds to JFK & Connally.
Arlen Specter proposed the "Single Bullet Theory".
He said a bullet fired from the 6th floor corner window entered JFK's neck/upper back passing through completely.
That bullet then continued forward to hit Connally in the right back passing through his chest and hitting his right wrist & left thigh.
But how is it possible that the bullet which supposedly passed through both JFK & Connally be found virtually "pristine" on a stretcher at Parkland Hospital?
Warren Commission Exhibit 399
National Archives Image
When a bullet strikes something hard, like bone, it does not retain its original appearance. This is particularly true if it strikes something like a rib or a wrist bone.
One of my students fired a Mauser rifle (a rifle with similar characteristics to the Manlicher-Carcano) at 100 yards into dirt. He gave me the bullet after he dug it out of the dirt.
Following is my photograph of a Mauser bullet & casing along side a "pristine" bullet & the one the student dug out of the dirt.
The bullet (at the far right) hit nothing but dirt.
Photo by John White
A bullet having passed through two men having struck bone in the process would not be found in "pristine" condition .
CE399 did not cause all the non-fatal wounds to President Kennedy & Governor Connally.*
*JFK ASSASSINATION OPINION
I believe while CE399 was probably fired from the Manlicher Carcano, it is unlikely, considering its near pristine condition, that it hit anything solid.