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JFK: The Lost Bullet Facts

More About the Kennedy Assassination and Its Aftermath

Photo: Screen grab of the Mark Bell film

Photo: Screen grab of the Mark Bell film (View larger version)

Photo by: Mark Bell

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  • After a re-evaluation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the HSCA (House Select Committee on Assassinations) determined there was a 95% chance a fourth shot had been fired, a conclusion based almost exclusively on an acoustics test and a police dispatcher’s radio recording. The conclusion suggests another shooter had participated in the assassination, thusly making it a conspiracy, though results are highly disputed.

  • A Gallup poll conducted in 1963, after President John F. Kennedy’s death, concluded that 52% of Americans believed that Kennedy’s death involved a conspiracy. By 1976, nearly 81% of Americans believed in a conspiracy. By 2003, three-quarters of Americans still believed in a conspiracy – only 19% of Americans reportedly believed Kennedy was killed by one person.

  • Many people believe there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy, though there is no consensus among conspiracy theorists as to which conspiracies are more likely. Everyone from President Lyndon B. Johnson, to the Mafia, to the CIA, to the Communist Party has been indicated in popular conspiracy literature.

  • President Kennedy’s assassination was broadcast on television for the first time ever on an ABC television show called "Good Night America,” hosted by Geraldo Rivera on March 6, 1975. Rivera showed a bootleg copy of the famous Zapruder home movie to the American public.

  • In 1997, the Assassination Records Review Board decided the home movie footage of President Kennedy’s assassination captured by Abraham Zapruder was an item that should be in the “permanent possession of the people of the United States.” The Zapruder family contested the decision and ultimately was compensated 16 million dollars for the film.

  • Jacqueline Kennedy wanted her husband’s funeral to be modeled after former President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. She also wanted to commemorate JFK’s life with an Eternal Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery modeled after the Memorial Flame in Paris, France, located at the Arc de Triomphe.

  • The Warren Commission did not include any official criminal investigators, rather it consisted of mostly elected officials including, two U.S. senators, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and then Chief Justice of The United States, Earl Warren, along with two private citizens, one of whom was the former Director of the CIA. Warren Commission members relied upon government agencies to provide them with information.

  • Prior to the assassination of President Kennedy, it was not a Federal offense to kill the President or Vice President of the United States. Following Kennedy’s death, the Warren Commission recommended passing legislation for it to become a Federal crime, which it eventually did.

  • JFK won the presidential election in 1960, after losing the race for Vice President in 1956.

  • JFK’s presidential legacies include: the founding of the Peace Corp; invigorating the Space Program (NASA), and challenging Americans to land on the Moon within the decade; and addressing Civil Rights issues that were politically realized due to his efforts.

  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was working as a photographer and journalist in 1951 for the Washington Times-Herald newspaper when she met John F. Kennedy, a young congressman from Massachusetts at the time.

  • Oliver Stone’s movie JFK included the original and licensed footage of the assassination captured by Abraham Zapruder in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963, and not bootleg copies of the Zapruder film.

  • The camera Abraham Zapruder used to film the presidential parade in Dallas, and ultimately the assassination of JFK in Dealey Plaza, was a Bell & Howell 414PD (Power Zoom / Duel Electric Eye) Director Series that used Double 8mm film, in 25 or 50 foot rolls of film.

  • The Sniper’s Nest and sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX, from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired his shots, is today home to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. More than 325,000 people visit the museum on average every year.

  • Abraham Zapruder’s eyewitness film was not the only amateur film taken of JFK’s assassination in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. Several other films were taken by bystanders watching the parade that day, among them: Mark Bell, Elsie Dorman, Robert Hughes, Orville Nix, and 13-year-old, Tina Towner.
9 comments
William Horton
William Horton

For fifty years, people have been fixated on the so called "magic bullet" that struck both President Kennedy and Governor Connelly.  The idea that one bullet could create so many wounds does not seem to make sense to most people.

The fact is that the 6.5 mm Carcano bullet functioned exactly as designed.  It is a medium velocity, long bullet with an unusually thick copper jacket designed for penetration through many layers of clothing.  it has been shown to penetrate three to four feet of a pine post lengthwise and remain remarkably intact.

I believe that the true "magic bullet" is the one that struck the Presidents head which 'exploded' so violently.  If it was a 6.5 Carcano, it should have created a small entrance wound and a slightly larger exit wound without the devastating fracture(s) and resulting explosion.  Further, it should have remained as intact as the 'pristine' bullet, and possibly recovered in the car.

I think this is where future investigations should focus their efforts.  Moreover, Oswald's rifle should be taken from storage and tested by a 'Blue Ribbon' panel of ballistic experts.  My understanding of the Warren Commission stated that Oswald's rifle scope could not be adjusted to point of impact without the intervention of a gunsmith who had to add some 'shims' which were not present on the rifle when it was evaluated by the FBI.  Oswald's rfle is not a historical object, it is a murder weapon and should be treated as such.

I hope many others will agree with me and pressure our Government to re-evaluate this issue.  Thanks for listening, hopefully National Geographic will look into this as well as I think we've been 'fooled' by the "magic bullet" long enough.

Joe Bell
Joe Bell

He carried the rifle in that morn.  "correction"

Joe Bell
Joe Bell

I believe Oswald the rifle in the building that morning but he was seen in second floor break room minutes before president passed in front of building eating his lunch and still there after.

Joe Bell
Joe Bell

Did anyone else see the closeup of sixth floor figure in window wearing a bright yellow shirt or jacket? Oswald wore a light tan jacket to work found between cop shooting. 'Officer Tippet"  and Texas theater. When he was arrested he was wearing dark plaid collar shirt and white "V" neck T-shirt.

Mark Veturis
Mark Veturis

The problem with this show is the hole in his neck. The Doctors at parkland hospital said the neck wound was an entrance wound, not an exit wound. What a waste of time. To support the entrance wound..

Neil Shah
Neil Shah

I do not believe in conspiracies. President JFK's assassination was done by a Lee Harvey Oswald only.

Eric Huttlestone
Eric Huttlestone

(Comment without prejudice... only my "theory"... not an accusation)

2 snipers... DGSE... but find the connection!

Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen

Actually Kennedy was very lucky.  A week before his assassination the army rehearsed his funeral in advance.  Everythng you saw on TV with his funeral including the horses and marching bands was practiced a week before Nov.22. So when his assassination took place the army was ready to give him a great funeral without any mistakes. See Warren Commission Exhibit 1802. Of course the army officer in charge he was really getting ready for the death of former president Hoover and it was just luck that he was ready for Kennedy. But Hoover was not dying at that point.

Alan White
Alan White

@Michael Cohen Wow JFK was really lucky to have died that week. Probably not what you meant but I couldn't resist.