BALLISTICS PROVE ONE SHOOTER: PART I
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFKASSASSINATION) Today we continue our look at "Enemy of the Truth: Myths, Forensics, & the Kennedy Assassination" by Sherry P. Fiester.
The book, published by JFK Lancer Productions & Publications, Inc. of Southlake, Texas, includes a Foreward by Jim Marrs, & is available at www.amazon.com & www.jfklancer.com.
Chapter 5: BALLISTICS PROVE ONE SHOOTER
Sherry Fiester tells us that the Warren Commission "was seeking forensic analysis that would establish proof of a single weapon, utilizing a limited number of shots" in the assassination of JFK.
This was a necessity in order to "assure the American people Lee Oswald was the sole assassin."
The argument the Warren Commission made was based on the theory that only 2 bullets were involved in the 7 (non-fatal) wounds to JFK & Governor Connally, the idea proposed by WC counsel, Arlen Specter.*
In the study of these 2 bullets, Sherry discusses the various kinds of bullet analysis used by forensic specialists & then identifies 10 items of evidence collected in the JFK assassination.
The one item most everyone is aware of is CE399, the 6.5 mm bullet recovered from a stretcher at Parkland Hospital which the WC believed to be the bullet that caused all non-fatal wounds to both JFK & the Governor.
In addition to the 10 items, Sherry brings to our attention 3 small lead fragments found near the jump seat of the limo by Special Agent Frazier at the Secret Service garage in Washington, D.C.
Although these 3 fragments were marked as Commission Exhibit 840, by 1970 the National Archives "determined that one of the 3 fragments was missing."
The FBI experts, working in behalf of the Warren Commission, concluded that "the bullet found at Parkland Hospital had been fired through the Mannlicher Carcano rifle (and that) the bullet nose portion & the bullet base...found on the...front seat...had been fired through the MC..."
Will Sherry come down on the side of the Warren Commission's conclusion that there was only one shooter involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?
Check back to JFK ASSASSINATION for the next posting which will answer this question.
*Arlen Specter (1930-2012) was born in Wichita, Kansas & graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951. He was assistant counsel for the Warren Commission when he proposed the "single bullet theory" as proof that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of JFK. He served in the US Senate representing Pennsylvania from 1981 to 2011.