Monday, December 20, 2010

HOW COULD A BULLET GO THROUGH BOTH JFK & CONNALLY & BE RECOVERED IN NEAR PRISTINE CONDITION?

QUESTION TO PONDER #6


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.




 

4 comments:

  1. The bullet CE399 did not remain entirely pristine. It was slightly deformed near the base and had left some grains of the lead filling in Governor Connally's wrist. However,
    considering all the damage it had done to his rib and wrist the bullet should have been much more damaged than it was.

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    1. Great point, I am in complete agreement with you.

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  2. The mention of a Mauser bullet reminded me that the rifle found in the TSBD was first identified as a Mauser. When the finder of the weapon was asked why he thought it was a Mauser he replied that it was identified as such on the rifle.

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    1. Another good point, although I do credit the possibility that an honest mistake could have been made since the weapons are both bolt action & have heard that the term "Mauser" is sometimes used in regard to any bolt-action rifle.

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