Thursday, November 14, 2013

PBS Nova: "Cold Case, JFK": maybe Oswald really did act alone, according to modern forensics

PBS Nova’s “Cold Case: JFK” aired on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at 9 PM EST.  The documentary looks at the forensic evidence with modern technology to see if there is convincing evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald may not have acted alone.

On my Books blog, Nov. 7, I reviewed Jesse Ventura’s new book, which lists practically every possible item of circumstantial evidence showing that Oswald could not have acted alone.
However, the PBS documentary of rifle marksmanship and bullet behavior laboratory experiments does not support the idea of other shooters.  First, the film points out that Oswald used a slow, inexpensive Italian rifle, whose bullets still are quite resilient. 
The team fired a bullet through many blocks of pine wood, and showed that the bullet could come through relatively unscathed, but when the bullet exits harder material into the air, it starts to tumble or yawl.  This is consistent with the evidence from the second shot, which reportedly went through President Kennedy’s neck and then John Connally’s wrist and lodged in his thigh. (The first shot may have missed.)  The third shot, which seems to be the one that blew up JFK’s head, is controversial because Kennedy’s head thrust back, as if shot from the front, or the Grassy Knoll.  But in fact, forensics shows that the bullet would have tumbled and changed course (yawled and angled upward) in JFK’s brain tissue, and that his turning back could have been the result of an autonomous central nervous system reaction. 
The documentary ends with the remark that history was changed because of the actions of a “nobody”.

It is still amazing to me that, even in 1963, security was so lax along the route. 

The PBS link is here.  


The film may disappoint those conspiracy theorists who want to read more evil into the “military-industrial complex”.  

Picture: downtown Dallas, my own picture, 2011.  

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