“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.
Ragone appeared with Josiah Thompson, author of “Six Seconds in Dallas,” to comment on Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement that he has “serious doubts” about the official version of President Kennedy’s assassination.
Thompson said that Kennedy was struck by a shot from the front. In disputing Thompson’s claim Ragone overlooked the documentation of eyewitness accounts by both conspiratorial and anti-conspiratorial writers.
Anti-conspiracist professor John McAdams says 33 people said a shot came from in front. Conspiracy minded writers, with a less selective reading of witness statements, assert that 51 people said that they believed a gunshot had come from in front of Kennedy’s limousine.
Either way Ragone is mistaken. In fact, there were lots of contemporaneous accounts of a shot from the grassy knoll area.
Both men were mistaken about the publication date of Gerald Posner’s “Case Closed.” Thompson said the book was published in 1988. Ragone said it was published on the 40th anniversary of JFK’s death in 2003. In fact “Case Closed” was published in 1993.