CTKA disputes NOVA’s ‘Cold Case JFK’

Last year I appeared on a PBS Show “NOVA: Cold Case JFK.”

Dr. David Mantik published an extended critique of the show on the Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination Web site.

Josiah Thompson also complained about the show’s marshaling of evidence.

8 comments

    • Jonathan says:

      Neil,

      I’ve read Martin Hay’s excellent essay, which deals to an extent with the ballistics of C.E. 399.

      For me, the clincher on C.E. 399, what would prevent it from being admitted as evidence at trial, is the complete lack of chain of custody prior to the time it was turned over to Robert Frazier of the FBI (and there’s even some fuzziness as to that time).

      Daryl Tomlinson found a bullet on a gurney at Parkland Hospital. There is no factual basis for believing it was JBC’s gurney (stretcher). Tomlinson later told Josiah Thompson that the bullet he found had a pointed tip, unlike C.E. 399, which has a round nose.

      From the record, C.E. 399 appears to materialize out of thin air.

  1. Pat Speer says:

    I also reviewed the program within my blog on the programs pumped out for the 50th, here:

    http://www.patspeer.com/the-onslaught

    The program is discussed in the November 11 and 13 entries. Enjoy.

  2. Frankie Vegas says:

    I can’t seem to view the video due to ‘rights restrictions’ in my region. I’m just going to assume it was fantastic.

    • Frankie,

      The show isn’t really worth watching but you can see it on youtube anyway:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4VLmPxFyk8

      Just remember, it’s an hour of your life you’ll never get back.

      • Jonathan says:

        Martin Hay,

        Assuming arguendo C.E. 399 is not the bullet found by Daryl Tomlinson, who in your opinion switched C.E. 399 for the bullet Tomlinson found? James Rowley? Elmer Todd? Someone else?

        As I read the record, everyone says in effect, “Not me.”

        The only initials on C.E. 399 are the initials of the three FBI examiners. Neither Rowley’s nor Todd’s initials appear on C.E. 399; much less the initials of Daryl Tomlinson, O.P. Wright, or Richard Johnsen.

        The chain of custody for C.E. is flawed for evidentiary purposes. But I ask for your view of the truth as to provenance. Thanks.

        • Jonathan,

          I’m really not one for speculating so I’m not sure what to sayu. What we do know is that when Elmer Todd received the stretcher bullet in the White House he wrote the time he received it on the envelope it was in as 8:50 pm. But Robert Frazier, according his laboratory sheet, received CE399 at 7:30 pm. So clearly there were two bullets floating around that day.

          There are photographs that appear to show a sandy-haired FBI agent picking a bullet out of the grass in Dealey Plaza and putting it in his left pocket. Could it be that this was CE399 and the agent took it straight to Washington?

          Who knows.

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