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Regarding Richard Charnin’s posited mathematical probability of a shot from the grassy knoll, a reader writes:
“By way of background, my undergrad degree is in electrical engineering. I have 31 semester hours of college math, including a course in probability and statistics.
A half-century ago, two young black people in Dallas found themselves eyewitnesses to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — yet their voices have never been heard. Indeed, a half century later, even their names are unknown.
This young man and woman were sitting on the spot famously dubbed “the grassy knoll” on November 22, 1963. They had a front row seat for a key moment in 20th century U.S. history: the murder of a popular liberal president.
Richard Charnin, a software consultant, says yes. He made the case on his blog last week. His argument is reprinted here:
Of 121 eyewitnesses, 51 (42%) said shots came from the Grassy Knoll area, 32 from the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), and 38 had no opinion.
On November 22, 1963, railroad worker S.M Holland was watching the presidential motorcade approach Dealey Plaza from a perch on top of a bridge known as The Triple Underpass.
Rare video from Vince Palamara, via JFK Lancer:
Peter Dale Scott’s straightforward interview with Jesse Curry, chief of the Dallas Police Department who was riding at the front of presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963. Curry talks about his observations at the scene of the crime.
Who was Jesse Curry? Spartacus Educational has a good summary.
“I told the FBI what I had heard [two shots from behind the grassy knoll fence], but they said it couldn’t have happened that way and that I must have been imagining things. So I testified the way they wanted me to. I just didn’t want to stir up any more pain and trouble for the family.”
- Kennedy aide Kenneth O’Donnell, quoted by House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. in “Man of the House,” p. 178. O’Donnell was riding in the Secret Service follow-up car with Dave Powers, who was present and told O’Neill he had the same recollection.
Here are the best read JFK Facts stories of 2013 in order of popularity.
1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)
“He was not in love with the Kennedys and he did NOT like Robert Kennedy by no means.”
2) Reelz Channel to air discredited JFK theory (Nov. 2, 2013)
“There is no evidence for this bogus theory: No eyewitness testimony or photographic evidence supports the claim…”
From The Independent in the U.K. Check out the ultimate question, #10. It’s the most important question for 2013.
“I have read the Warren Commission Report in its entirety and dozens of other books as well, I am sorry to say the only thing I am absolutely sure of today is that at least two of the shots fired that day in Dealey Plaza came from behind where I stood on the knoll, not from the book depository.”
–Cheryl McKinnon,a journalism major who witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy. McKinnon went on to become a newspaper reporter for the San Diego Star News. Read more
The most-read stories on JFK Facts for the week of Nov. 28-Dec.5 were:
Dave Reitzes makes the case for the lone gunman: How the Skeptics Got It Wrong and Why It Matters.
I was in Dealey Plaza yesterday and I saw Bill Newman talking to a TV correspondent. On November 22, 1963, Newman and his wife Gayle and their young two children were among the people closest to President Kennedy when the fatal shot rang out.
I recalled my own conversation with Newman seven years ago. We spoke in the lobby of the hotel where we were both attending a JFK research conference. A plumber by trade, he struck me as a down-to-earth man who accepted the accident that delivered him into one of the most decisive moments in American history, and he lived with it responsibly.
Here’s what Newman told me:
“There was no contemporaneous account of people who were there that there was a gunman on the grassy knoll,” presidential historian Nick Ragone told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Friday.
That statement is inaccurate. In fact, as JFK Facts has documented, there were 21 law enforcement officers on the scene who thought a gunshot had come from the area in front of JFK’s limousine.
(H/T Tree Frog)