Milicent Cranor passed on the following note:
“On March 23, 2015, at 2:08 p.m. [in the JFK Facts Comment section], Jean Davison ended a message to someone named “Willy” with this comment: ‘This is what you get when you rely on secondary sources instead of reading the original testimony and documents: a distorted version spun through someone else’s head.’ ”
Does Jean Davison read original testimony? Are the people she quotes truthful? Take a look at what she posted at 9:39 on March 23, and compare it with expert testimony.
Quoting Duncan MacPherson: “The bullets used in this assassination are much more resistant to deformation than most rifle bullets. The major effect in bullet 399 is ‘toothpasting’, i.e., a small amount of the lead core has been squeezed out of the jacket base like toothpaste from a tube. This probably occurred when the bullet hit Connally’s ribs at a high yaw angle …”
A “high yaw angle?” That would mean the bullet struck sideways. But the evidence, both internal and external, proves the bullet did not strike sideways. Why have supporters of the Single Bullet Theory been promoting this false information for decades?
Rationale: It struck sideways because it was tumbling; it was tumbling because it first went through John Kennedy’s neck—and, presto, proof of the SBT. The lie started with John Lattimer’s false claim that the wound in Connally’s back was 3cm long, the result of a sideways hit.
External Damage: Original size of Connally’s back wound, before debridement, was only 1.5 cm—the same size allegedly as the entrance wound in Kennedy’s head. It was 3 cm after cleaning and enlarging—as Connally’s surgeon, Robert Shaw, M.D., testified. (4 WCH 104, 107; 6,WCH 85-86, 88) In his operative report, Shaw simply described the wound’s size after surgery, but in his testimony he said the original size was only 1.5 cm. And the holes in the back of Connally’s shirt and jacket were also 1.5 cm, per the FBI. (5 WCH 64)
Internal Damage: According to Shaw, the bullet created a “small tunneling wound” (7 HSCA 149). And he noted “the neat way in which it stripped the rib out without doing much damage to the muscles that lay on either side of it.” (4 WCH 116)
So, obviously, MacPherson was promoting the SBT with false information…. As for this particular lie, its author is John Lattimer. Wounds and bullets are a bit like locks and keys, and Lattimer was an amateur locksmith. Since a tumbling bullet did not fit into Connally’s back wound, Lattimer changed the lock.