In the Age of Viral Video, it is hard to believe but it is true: Abraham Zapruder’s home movie of JFK’s assassination on November 22, 1963 was not shown to the American people for twelve years after it was first taken.
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That was the question raised by a 2015 article by Lucien C. Haag entitled “The Missing Bullet in the JFK Assassination,” which appeared in the publication of the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE).
When Janet Reno, the first women Attorney General passed away last week there was no mention of one historic thing she did — order the new testing of evidence in the assassination of President Kennedy.
People regularly assure me that we already know the whole JFK story with the claim, “Somebody would have talked by now.”
“People did talk,” I like to reply. “People like Skip Rydberg. Ever heard of him?”
Most people don’t know his story but it is well worth telling. Harold “Skip” Rydberg had a minor but interesting role in the JFK story: he illustrated the medical evidence for the Warren Commission.
Max Holland has a theory that the first shot first at President Kennedy came from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, grazed the arm of a street sign, and missed the limousine altogether. Read more
In WhoWhatWhy, Russ Baker and Milicent Cranor call into question Myer’s animated recreation of the first gunshot to hit President Kennedy. Myer’s work was used by ABC News special that affirmed the unpopular lone gunman theory.
For more than forty-five years the the authenticity of a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald in his backyard has disputed. Oswald said it was fake. And JFK conspiracy theorists — who believe the assassination was part of a government plot — cite it as a key piece of evidence in their case”
Better make that “a few JFK conspiracy theorists,” I don’t know of any working JFK journalist or published historian who says the Oswald backyard photos are “key” to understanding the case. Read more
Milicent Cranor passed on the following note:
“On March 23, 2015, at 2:08 p.m. [in the JFK Facts Comment section], Jean Davison ended a message to someone named “Willy” with this comment: ‘This is what you get when you rely on secondary sources instead of reading the original testimony and documents: a distorted version spun through someone else’s head.’ ”
This photograph, courtesy of Duncan MacDonald, taken several minutes after President Kennedy was shot to death, shows a crowd of people, including newsman Robert MacNeil (later host of MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour), rushing to look at the railroad tracks and parking lot overlooking the motorcade route on November 22, 1963.
There is no disputing that they rushed to that area, known as “the grassy knoll,” because they thought one of the gunshots had come from there. No gunman was ever found there.