Assassination of John F. Kennedy Part 3 Shots from the Knoll and the Warren Commission
About the assassinaton of United States President John F. Kennedy, history of the event including testimony before the Warren Commission regarding the shots and the paths of the bullet.
The Victim: JOHN F. KENNEDY, 35th President of the U.S.
Special Agent Robert A. Frazier of the FBI testified as a firearms expert before the Warren Commission. He stated that the bolt action of the ancient Italian rifle took at least 2.3 seconds according to tests run by expert riflemen. Therefore, it is impossible that the weapon was fired twice within the half-second time slot. This means there is no possibility that Kennedy was hit by an earlier Oswald bullet at the moment of his disappearance behind the freeway sign and that a later shot hit Connally, because the time lapse between frames #207 (Kennedy's disappearance) and #235 (Connally's reaction) is only 1.5 seconds and 2.3 seconds would have been needed to fire 2 shots.
After the 1st shot, the President was leaning forward slightly, his wife aware that he'd been the victim of a bullet. She had moved closer to him and was looking at his face when a bullet struck the President in the head, exploding in a pink-red glow of blood, brain matter, and skull fragments. Terrified, Mrs. Kennedy then climbed from the seat of the limousine onto the trunk but was stopped there by Secret Service Agent Clinton J. Hill. Hill pushed Mrs. Kennedy back into the seat and shielded her body with his own as the Lincoln roared off.
None of this escaped the watchful eye of Zapruder's camera, making the Zapruder film an invaluable piece of hard evidence worthy of note in the event of conflicting conclusions by members of the Warren Commission.
It is a Newtonian law of motion that when an object is struck by a missile, that object will move in the same direction as that taken by the missile. This means that if Kennedy were hit by a gunman (presumably Oswald) situated in a window 280' behind him, his head would move forward from the impact of the bullet. The Zapruder film clearly depicts the President's head snapping BACKWARD with great violence. Applying the scientific laws governing the situation, there can be no doubt that Kennedy is reacting to a bullet fired from a position in front of the limousine. This is strong evidence that the lone assassin theory of the Commission is fallacious.
It is interesting to note that a certain area in front of the limousine at the time the fatal shot was fired was an excellent vantage point for a gunman. It is referred to by Dallas residents as the grassy knoll. At the top of this knoll, there is a wooden fence. There is a very small space between the top of that fence and the lowest foliage on the trees which line the inside of this fence. The knoll provides a spot where a gunman would be hidden from sight.
Two police officers who flanked the presidential limousine on motorcycles, Billy Martin and Robert Hargis, were so sure that the fatal shot had come from the knoll that they went directly up the embankment and peered over the fence. They saw a police officer there and, thinking the area covered, the pair left to get orders on what to do next. Minutes later pictures were taken of an officer--or a man dressed as an officer--leaving the grassy knoll area. His uniform was unlike those worn by the Dallas Police Force. His weaponry and other specifics also differed sharply from those of the officers in Dealey Plaza that day, indicating that this man was not an officer at all. This has yet to be fully investigated.
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