A beginners guide to the gunfire in Dealey Plaza

The JFK assassination story can be confusing. There are a vast array of conflicting theories, many of them bogus, stupid, preposterous, or baseless (like the one voiced by the man who will be president). Others are more plausible.

Even on the narrowest of factual questions–where did the first shot hit?–readers have to choose between Max Holland’s theory, Pat Speer’s rebuttal, or Dale Myer’s attack. And that’s just in the past month.

Readers who are new to the JFK assassination story (and those who aren’t) may want a dispassionate presentation of the evidence about the fatal gunfire before they decide what they think. If so, read on.

Dealey Plaza Witnesses
Origin of JFK gunfire according to witnesses. “TSBD” stands for Texas School Book Depository, which was behind the motorcade. “Knoll” signifies the parking lot area in front of the motorcade

As usual, the best place to start is the Mary Ferrell Foundation’s Web site.

At the core all of the arguments about the gunfire that killed Kennedy is the Warren Commission’s version of events, which critics dubbed “the Single Bullet Theory” (or SBT.)

Rex Bradford outlines the SBT and its various problems.

Also on Mary Ferrell site, historian Jerry McKnight addresses one of the most popular defenses of the SBT presented by the late Vincent Bugliosi.

What did people at the scene of the crime say about the gunfire? Here’s a compendium of what 216 witnesses said, as compiled by Stewart Galanor (with his graphical representation above.)

Here are quotes from those whose accounts conflicted with the official theory of a lone gunman.

As editor of JFK Facts, I do not push any particular JFK theory. On this site, readers review the best evidence and decide for themselves where the truth lies.




CIA & JFKFrom a 5-Star Amazon review of Jefferson Morley’s new ebook, CIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files.

The crown jewel of Mr. Morley’s work details his discovery that a retired CIA officer named George Joannides was called back to Washington to stall a re-investigation of the assassination by the House of Representatives in the late 1970s.

Morley’s latest investigation, CIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files, available on Amazon, provides the fullest account of the role of CIA operations officers in the events leading to the death of JFK.




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