Thomas Noguchi showed us Robert F. Kennedy was killed, not by a patsy in front, but by a hidden killer behind. Sherry Fiester now shows us John F. Kennedy was not killed by a patsy behind, but by a hidden shooter in front.
In each case the professional investigator proceeds from established protocol. Science, not speculation, leads to the correct analysis, dispelling the myth, which is always the enemy of the truth.
Fiester's thesis is a double-helix of interlocking observations: First, that a shot from the front entered at the right temple and blew out the right occipital, taking with it much of the right hemisphere.
To the lay person the overlay of observation is stunning: radial and concentric fracturing at the site of entry, appearance and disappearance of backspatter within milliseconds, a trail of metal fragments on the lateral x-ray from the entry, the two-inch forward movement in the initial milliseconds followed by the dramatic back and to the left movement in billiard-shot response.
Second, that the Single Bullet Theory, that hallucination of Specter conjured to account for seven wounds in two men, after Tague's cheek subtracted from the three shots allowed, is not merely dead; it is most sincerely dead.
Readers will find the most thorough destruction-in-detail of this essential element of the Big Lie behind the most significant murder of the Twentieth Century.
And, at root and at last, that is what the eclipse of the Republic is all about, a murder misrepresented.
Followers of the methods of Sherlock Holmes of old books and cinema and new television will appreciate the removal of the impossible, the observation of the actual, and the summary analysis in determining the trajectory vector:
The president at the moment of impact, say Z-312/313, is looking left X degrees, down Y degrees; this orientation is aligned on an axis to the Z camera in the limo on Elm and a 35-degree range allowing the right-hemisphere shot centers on the juncture of the Underpass and the South Knoll.
Voila, a solution one hundred eighty degrees from the Warren (Dulles) Commission repeated ad nauseum by the Clark Panel, the HSCA, Humes at the ARRB, various cherry pickers in print and CGIstan.
The Single Bullet Theory fails on multiple grounds expounded in the 67-page climactic chapter. The author has faulted Dallas Police for failure to observe forensic protocols, protect the crime scene, develop the evidence, document the chain of evidence through drawings, photographs and written reports; this is supremely crucial in the Theory of Theories in the Crime of the Century.
Readers may be familiar with the doubt on the authenticity of CE 399 per the previous work of Robert Harris, Jim DiEugenio and others, the finding of Humes that the end of the back wound could be felt by his finger, that the president's physician Burkley located it at the third thoracic, that all subsequent moving was to conform to the a priori lone gunman, three bullets, two men, seven wounds via the Magic Bullet.
Ford moved the wound by "altering" the draft of the Commission report from "entered his back at a point slightly above the shoulder to the right of the spine" to "entered the back of his neck at a point slightly to the right of his spine"--and Gerry Ford was the fourth autopsist who picked up the pieces of Helms' demolition of Nixon by having Rockefeller "investigate" CIA and naming GHW Bush DCI to sanitize the witness list for the HSCA.
Perry's clearly accurate description of the throat wound as one of entry brought the badgering of Secret Service agent Elmer Moore all Friday night and the piling on of Specter and Dulles at Commission hearings. Perry confided to McClelland he was afraid "they would kill me."
Livingstone told Humes of the entry wound to the throat before the autopsy, but the FBI stopped the call and Humes rolled over per his superiors' instruction. McClelland, Perry, Carrico, Baxter and Jones saw an entry of .25 inch or less; a trach tube of .51 inches was inserted in an incision of that general size--yet Boswell indicates the incision was 6.5cm/2.56in--in the 295-page analysis of Anthony DeFiore following the research of Doug Weldon is a likely source for the initial wound which was so dangerous in its implications it caused a firestorm of reaction in Moore-Specter-Dulles.
The Warren Commission/FBI trajectory for the SBT is an a priori construct parroted by the HSCA and supposedly "replicated" by a cable program--which showed a bullet exiting the chest (perhaps a "Fordism" for "throat"--what difference does it make? As Weisberg would say, we're only talking about the president.
Finally, chain of evidence is 0-4: Tomlinson, Wright, Johnsen, Rowley "could not identify" CE 399 the bullet shown them by FBI Special Agent Elmar Lee Todd.
A bullet from Fantasyland passed through two specters in seven places never on a line from the mythical nest yet was in no way similarly deformed as all test bullets fired into cadavers and ballistic gelatin by Commission personnel.
The reader will appreciate the detail in a 381-page book in the language of the professional crime scene investigator. This reviewer posits the precursors to the dual major thesis (single frontal head wound/explosion of SBT myth) as laying the groundwork for aspects of the central core:
Dallas PD Followed Protocol: In a twisted way: Fritz pocketed casings, would later step out of the way so Ruby could shoot Oswald. FBI experts found Studebaker's prints all over the scene--the DP officer put in charge of the scene didn't put on gloves; also, used powder, not chemical to lift prints, consistent with the unsupervised, untrained newbie left to "develop latent fingerprints, photograph, and collect evidence in the homicide investigation of the President of the United States."
Ear Witnesses: Acoustics of the Plaza served to confuse directionality of sound. Witnesses named the Depository or the North "Grassy Knoll" but not the South--if we disregard Robert "Tosh" Plumlee and the wizardry of Mitch WerBell, CIA/Military master arms developer responsible for early innovations in silencer technology. Hence, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. (as presumed in the mysterious surfacing of Witt the ersatz "Umbrella Man" and Jett the "sandwich man" both "demonstrating there's no there there")
Blood in Zapruder is Faked: Backspatter appears and disappears in milliseconds--and is in Zapruder in precisely the manner expected with a frontal shot circa Z-312/313. Why was it "left in by forgers"? Because backspatter was not identified and analyzed before 1982, by which time all of the speculative shenanigans at Hawkeyeworks/NPIC in re Costella, Healy, Horne, et al was in the can.
The Limo Stop: The author stipulates the limo did not stop, technically. Accounts in the record by a handful of researchers describe a version of Zapruder seen by them depicting a full limo stop. Witnesses report in their scores of a slowing of a dramatic nature. The author describes an identified psychological condition reported by professional first-responders in crisis of an uncanny slowing of the rollout of events--literally slow-motion.
A paper by George Michael Evica "The Surrounding Silence: The Terrible First Sound in Dealey Plaza" (1993) suggests the initial report was designed to freeze the action. The epileptic "seizure" and ambulance, the "sound of fireworks", the smoke and gunpowder smell at the Grassy Knoll, the magician was at work distracting. Brake lights and Greer's looking back until the headshot may indicate a slowing rather than a stop per se. The reader will not see even that in the extant Zapruder.
Ballistics Prove One Shooter: Here's one of three eye-catchers:
The Firearm Analysis and Tool Mark Panel of the HSCA fired ammunition through the Mannlicher Carcano in anticipation of using the bullets as a standard for comparison identifications. Bullets the firearms panel fired from the rifle did not match either the FBI test cartridges of those found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository; nor did they match the bullet found on the stretcher at Parkland Hospital. The striking discovery was the test bullets fired by the HSCA panel through the Mannlicher Carcano rifle did not even match each other.
In 1977 Guinn told the HSCA antimony in Mannlicher Carcano ammunition was consistent, a conclusion used to pronounce the official version of events. Yet in two years Guinn found wide variance in antimony in individual Carcano bullets. Guinn fits somewhere between the White Knight and the Red Queen.
His expertise allowed him to testify Gallagher was inexperienced, and Mannlicher Carcano ammunition's "concentration range from bullet-to-bullet is tremendous"--Guinn and Gallagher two of the seven blind men used to determine the characteristics of the elephant.
In 2004 the Committee on Scientific Assessment of Bullet Lead Elemental Composition and Comparison in the report of Clifford Spiegelman found fragments could have come from three or more separate bullets. Stewart Wexler's work called Guinn's conclusions into question on a range of issues. In short, the ballistic "evidence" was an ad hoc solution to an a priori conclusion, not the result of an investigation in the sense of the professional.
The Grassy Knoll Headshot: The Warren conclusion was a priori; its trajectory "analysis" was result-oriented, as was the cable program referenced (dispatched on ctka.net by Jim DiEugenio).
ARRB counsel Gunn deposing x-ray tech Custer:
Gunn: So, it's your opinion that the trauma to the head began at the front and moved towards the back of the head?
Custer: Yes, sir. Absolutely (Custer, 1997)
Herein is the radial and concentric fracturing from the frontal entry.
It is well worth repeating the author's comment (pp196-7):
Kennedy's X-Rays depict radial fractures that appear to originate in the frontal bone. Concentric fractures are located predominately near the front of the head. Kennedy's autopsy X-Rays have distinct radial fractures propagating from the front of the head, with the preponderance of concentric fractures located at the front. This results in smaller fragments nearer the point of entry, enlarging in size as they move toward the exit wound. Current research indicates Kennedy's fracturing pattern corresponds with an entry wound located in the frontal bone, which correlates to a projectile striking the front of the head.
And on page 218, an appalling failing of both government "investigations":
There are standardized procedures for trajectory reconstruction that provide an accurate method to define where shooters are located. However, neither the Warren Commission, nor the House Select Committee on Assassinations used those uniform processes for trajectory analysis.
Two Headshots: A quick one-two:
The Itek Corporation report concluded Kennedy's head moved forward approximately 2.3 inches and his shoulder about 1.1 inches at Frames 312 and 313. Following that forward movement, Itek reported President Kennedy's head move rearward from Zapruder 314 to 321 (Itek, 1976) (page 232).
Movement into the force: Once the bullet enters the skull, if the design of the projectile limits penetration by distortion or fragmentation, the bullet immediately loses velocity. The loss of velocity results in the transfer of kinetic energy demonstrated by the instantaneous generation of temporary cavitation. The higher a projectile's velocity upon impact, the more kinetic energy is available to transfer to the target. The amount of kinetic energy transferred to a target increases with faster projectile deceleration. This initial transfer of energy causes the target to swell or move minutely into the force and against the line of fire. The greater the transferred energy, the more pronounced the forward movement (Karger, 2008; Coupland, 2011;l Radford, 2009). (page 245)
In sum, author Sherry Fiester is uniquely qualified to critique the crime scene investigation of the official bodies over the course of the past fifty years. Her approach is that of the professional, the use of established science-based protocols to determine events and causalities, not search for same to support a priori conclusions.
Her model is the exposure of eight identified myths in the spirit of the opening comment by the thirty-fifth president, that such are the "enemy of truth"--and truth, after all, is the only antidote for the existential shadow hanging over the Republic for the past half century.
Picture if you will the unspeakable evil of a government which would produce an intelligence operative replete with demonizable legend, position him as patsy to conceal the Jackal-like elimination of the inconvenient temporary occupant of the White House and parade an endless procession of Stephen King clowns in official drag to insist the impossible is the case: that one man with a defective weapon accomplished fantastic ballistic feats and the lack of any conspiracy dictates records will remain sealed in service to a national security defined in a world created by Lewis Carroll.
Contrast wound analysis, bloodspatter analysis, trajectory analysis yielding the inconvenient conclusion: murder by person or persons unknown abetted by accessories in high places at every stage of the crime.
Sherry Fiester: ally of the truth.