“What more can possibly said about the Zapruder film?” asks historian Max Holland in this May 7 talk at the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas. His answer: the first gunshot was fired before Abraham Zapruder began filming. He argues that the shooting took place over 11 seconds, meaning Lee Oswald had plenty of time to fire the fatal shot.
The presentation begins at 4:25. (Click here to start with Holland).
Holland’s findings revise the conclusions of fellow “lone gunman” authors Gerald Posner, Dale Myers, Larry Sturdevant, and Vincent Bugliosi who contended that Oswald fired all three shots in 6-8 seconds.
To his credit, Holland does seek to grapple with two key problems of the lone gunman theory–how could Oswald get off three shots in that time frame, when many expert marksmen could not–and how to explain the missed shot that wounded bystander James Tague.
As for themany other problems with the lone gunman theory Holland dispatches them all by invoking what he calls a “consensus” about the nature and origin of the gunshots. His consensus is a consensus of like-minded authors only, a rhetorical sleight of hand that obscures the fact there was and is no consensus about the origins of the gunfire.
There was no consensus among 216 Dealey Plaza eyewitnesses, nor among the many law enforcement officers on the scene, nor among the doctors who observed JFK’s wounds. One of the Dallas doctors who saw JFK’s head wound close up, Robert McClelland said it could have only been caused by a gunshot from the front of the motorcade.
Of such credible evidence Holland has nothing to say, which is perhaps the most interesting thing about his talk, that he seems to have given up engaging the evidence.