In reponse to a poignant HuffPo piece, Jean Davison says the late Paul Mandel of Life magazine was wrong, but not necessarily lying, when he mistated some facts about JFK’s assassination.
“One of the Z frames published in that issue was Z193, which shows JFK turned to his right ‘as he waves to someone in the crowd.‘ We all know that JFK wasn’t turned nearly far enough in Z193 to have been hit by a SN bullet, but I wonder if that was as obvious to Mandel then as it is to us now?”
Davison adds: Mandel didn’t necessarily know “the layout of Dealey Plaza.” The Texas Schoolbook Depository isn’t visible in the film, she notes. WE know it’s far behind JFK. But can we be sure that Mandel understood that?
No, we cannot. This very plausible explanation for Mandel’s mistake strengthens the notion that he was seeking to reassure without intending to deceive.