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Enemy of the Truth, Myths, Forensics, and the Kennedy Assassination [Paperback]

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5 Nov 2012
President John F. Kennedys assassination is the most studied murder investigation of the 21st century, yet it remains plagued by questions and a variety of unproven theories. Regardless of how tenacious and believable an enduring claim may be, if lacking historical or scientific sustenance, it is a myth. While these intriguing, but unverifiable suppositions gather attention, they detract from the quality of information essential to explain this mysterious homicide. Myths are superficial, have no investigative depth and ask the reader to take a leap of faith that having supporting scientific evidence does not require. John F. Kennedy said, "The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie - deliberate, contrived and dishonest - but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic." Filtering long held beliefs in the Kennedy assassination through contemporary, reliable, established scientific facts will help to dispel myths; the very thing Kennedy described as the great enemy of truth. Enemy of the Truth utilizes various forensic disciplines to dispel assassination mythologies, including simultaneous headshots, where the shooter for the fatal head shot was located, if the limousine stopped and more.

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  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: JFK Lancer Production (5 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988305003
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great book on the Kennedy Assassination 11 Jun 2013
While on holiday i had the pleasure to read "Enemy Of the Truth"First i must say i do know Ms Fiester through Lancer but have always thought the head shot as shown in the books conclusion coming from the front left,I have been a regular visitor to Dallas and know the Plaza as well as anyone, up till Ms Fiester,s Book and research There has never been any proof, this now is not the case anymore.
The Mathematics are sound and with Ms Fiester,s background beyond reproach with Blood Spatter and the police this is an important book,In the Research community their is some discontent with the findings through Self interests from Shot(s) from the grassy Knoll,Ms Fiester never says that no shot(s) were fired from this location only not the head shot which i tend to agree with,Something was going on behind the fence because their were witnesses i.e Ed Hoffman,Gordon Arnold,Lee Bowers to name just three Plus the Newman,s.
I would recommend this book to anyone new to the case or old hand who is a searcher of the Truth ,dont let the Grassy Knoll cloud your judgement there were more than one shooter and it was not Lee Harvey Oswald.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science Revealing the Truth 7 Sep 2013
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Sherry Fiester's book "Enemy of the Truth" has given a new perspective on the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the USA. In her book, she refutes all the myths by using scientific methods that is familiar in her expertise background of CSI which includes Forensics and Ballistics.
Methodically, first of all, the book is very easy to understand for a normal person to understand. Subjects of the chapters are introduced first, related with the scientific background throughout the history and finally summarized. These summary or conclusion parts help us to learn the chapter easily. Also, very important key points are repeated for a better understanding.
Secondly, we can understand the assassination was the result of a conspiracy when we read the chapters : The blood in the Zapruder home movie is faked, *Ballistic prove a single shooter, *The fatal head shot originated from the Grassy Knoll, *There are two simultaneous head shots, The single bullet theory is correct. In these chapters, she introduce the concept of blood spatter: back and forward.. By analyzing the Zapruder film's related frames and relating the testimonies of the nearby witnesses, she proves that the blood seen in frame 313 was the result of a front shot. Then she also refutes the myths invented by W.C and H.S.C.A. by relating her knowledge in Forensics, Medicine and Ballistics very successfully. Also in Chapter 5: *Ballistic Prove A Single Shooter ,she proves that more than one shooter participated in the assassination by mentioning the events starting from 1964 to 2007 on the bullet evidences.
As a result, this perfect book tells us between the lines that the murder is the result of a conspiracy.
Thanks, Mrs.Fiester.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Is a Friend to the Truth 29 Jan 2013
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Enemy of the Truth is a fascinating look at some of the "myths," or perceived truths, about the assassination of President John Kennedy. To the extent that "myths" - untruths - are held or believed by society at large, these fallacies are "Enemies of the Truth." The book's subtitle tells you Sherry Fiester's emphasis - a forensic look at the crime.

The eight main chapters examine some of these "myths" and pretty much wipe 'em out. Fiester's style may come across in places as dry or dispassionate, but that's to be expected when you're reading about technical stuff like parts of the human skull and bullet fragmentation. The actual subject matter will hold your attention without the need for chatty narration.

The first chapter examines the mistaken idea that the Dallas, TX police followed correct procedures in investigating the shooting of the President. Compared to today's standards such as digital photography and DNA sampling, many of what the DPD should have done, according to their own rules, seems pretty basic and straightforward. But even basic protocols were flubbed or ignored, such as a complete photographic and drawn-to-scale survey of the Book Depository's sixth floor. Even the so-called "sniper's nest" and the rifle, when discovered, were not documented in situ before they were moved.

Fiester quotes extensively from the textbook protocols that in 1963 were required for a professional and legally valid crime scene investigation. And in nearly every way, the behavior of the investigators falls short. Everything from the bullet casings (not photographed or marked to preserve chain-of-evidence) to boxes by the window (moved and arranged several times by ungloved hands) demonstrates a cascade of failures.

Now, in this chapter Fiester lets pass two of the things I've always harped on. The first report of a rifle's discovery on the sixth floor described a Mauser, not the Mannlicher-Carcano which supposedly belonged to Oswald. Does this mean that there was a rifle switch-out? Also, in her discussion of the "paper bag" that Oswald supposedly used to smuggle the rifle into the building, she doesn't mention the well-documented fact that the rifle and bag were too long to have been carried between Oswald's palm and armpit, as Warren Commissioners would have us believe.

Chapter Two describes the science and research behind sound localization, and demonstrates how easy it is for somebody to misplace the source of a sound. You may honestly think that a sound came from such-and-such a place - but several factors may act, singly or in combination, to mislead your ears. Examples are: your location within a certain landscape; your distance from the sound; any refractive surfaces; and even the position of your head. All can influence your perceptions.

The next chapter discusses the controversies surrounding a single frame of the Zapruder film, Z313, which depicts a red cloud or mist in front of JFK's forehead. This scarlet fog appears ONLY in this one frame, and a few researchers have held that this crimson haze appears and then vanishes much too quickly to be an actual event caught by the camera. At least one book cites this cloud as "proof" that the Zapruder film has been altered.

But Fiester explains the facts behind a phenomenon called "backspatter," about which she knows as part of her expertise in forensics. The red flicker seen on frame Z313 is an absolutely accurate depiction of backspatter, and what forensically you SHOULD EXPECT TO SEE following a shot to the front of the head. Backspatter appears and dissipates in an amount of time much briefer than a single Zapruder frame, and that's why we see it in mid-dissipation for only one frame. It's not a red blotch that was painted onto the film by forgers, as some have said. It's what is to be expected as the result of a front headshot.

Chapter Four talks about some witnesses' claims that the President's car slowed to a crawl or stopped outright (perhaps to make it easier for an assassin to aim and fire). This idea can be laid to rest with some of the reasons explained by Fiester in this chapter. She explains some of the research behind the mind's perception of time and how, in crisis situations, the passage of time can be felt to speed up or conversely "stand still," despite the objective passing of seconds, minutes, and hours. Furthermore, none of the extant films depicting Dealey Plaza show a car stop, or give any indication of having a car stop edited out. There are multiple video sources for various parts of this crime.

The next chapter dissects the myth, held by some since the day of the murder, that "Ballistics Prove One Shooter." Fiester lays out some of the many problems facing somebody who wants to believe such a thing - because science dispels the possibility. Examinations of various recovered bullet fragments and casings don't show them to have been fired from the same gun - or even the same KIND of gun. Not even Neutron Activation Analysis can match some of the fragments with each other or with the nearly-whole bullet that supposedly passed through JFK and Governor Connally. These inconclusive test results were withheld from the Warren Commissioners at the time.

The sixth chapter really rumbled my cage when it disallowed the Grassy Knoll as the location of a shooter. Like many folks who believe that this murder wasn't undertaken by one man in the TSBD, I've agreed with the various eye- and ear-witnesses that something was going on behind the wooden fence atop the Grassy Knoll. But Fiester first determines the location of JFK's head in relation to the limousine and thus the street and Plaza. Working from there, she examines the locations of JFK's wounds - all on the right side of his head - and points out that a shot from the right would have exited on the left. But the left side of the President's head, according to doctors and witnesses, was undamaged. The fence atop the knoll was almost perpendicular to the President, and therefore could not have been the origin point for the fatal headshot. A more likely location, as indicated by the wounds, would be the triple overpass on the opposite side of Dealey Plaza from the infamous Knoll.

Grassy-Knollers like me can always believe that a shooter was back there, but that he missed!

Next Fiester tells me something else that I didn't know - that the concept of deducing bullet trajectory by examining the beveling (angle of chipping) in the bone is an outdated idea that has been shown not to be accurate. Being a ballistics expert, she should know! Evidently there have been so many instances where the beveling angle does not match with known circumstances that the whole doctrine of trajectory-by-beveling has been discarded. There have even been times when inner and outer beveling has been encountered in the same wound!

In presenting her case against the Grassy Knoll and for the Triple Overpass area, Fiester jogged my memory and I flipped back to Chapter Two, in which she described the unreliability of sound location by "ear witnesses." However, here in Chapter Six, she quotes several people who reported hearing shots that seemed to come from the Overpass area. The effectiveness of this testimony is somewhat diluted when you remember how in Chapter Two the author showed how unreliable "ear witness" testimony can be.

Chapter Seven talks about the common belief that there were two headshots, based on the observation from the Zapruder film that JFK's head moves slightly forward just before jerking rapidly backward from the final bullet strike. Such a movement seems contrary to common sense, but our forensics expert explains once again, that such a thing is actually to be expected. Fiester quotes several sources, ending up with the statement that "the forward movement of Kennedy's head followed by a rearward movement is consistent with a single gunshot to the head from the front." So, the Zapruder film shows just what a forensic examination expects it to show: a tiny forward motion and an almost instantly dispersing backspatter.

The final myth, Chapter Eight, "The Single Bullet Theory," is to me a nearly slam-dunk of a topic. But then, I'm one of those "assassination nuts" with several dozen books in my library on the topic. Some folks reading this book might not know the doubtful origins of the "Magic Bullet," Commission Exhibit 399. Or that the bullet fragments removed from John Connally's body weigh more than the amount missing from the bullet. Or that the bullet now known as CE399 was found in Parkland Hospital, on a stretcher known NOT to have been occupied by Connally.

Anybody who looks even a half-inch into this matter can see the unbelievablity of Senator Arlen Specter's half-baked suggestion, "The Single Bullet Theory," which was introduced after the Commission found that Oswald's rifle couldn't fire fast enough to have launched all of the bullets then known to have been fired in Dealey Plaza. Just looking at photos of the President's shirt and suit jacket shows that the bullet hit him in the back, towards the bottom of his right shoulder blade, and not in the back of the neck, as required by the Single-Bullet Theory.

Fiester then proceeds to decimate the "official" autopsy report for sloppiness and the changes made to it. Connally's wounds are also enumerated, raising the possibility that his injuries alone might require the action of more than one bullet.

And it's pretty sad to realize that various FBI and other investigators could not even identify the bullet now known as CE399 as the bullet originally found at Parkland Hospital.

Now, the final part of the book, a section called "The Witnesses," is for me a delightful change-of-pace. In this section Fiester tells of her meetings and interviews with various witnesses in the JFK murder case. Unlike the rest of the book, the writing here is not scientific and clinical; it's warm and engaging and sympathetic - a great way to balance the hard science in the earlier chapters.

I really enjoyed this section because Fiester is able to take off the analytical scientist's hat and talk to these folks as people. It's refreshing to end the book with a feeling for the personalities of the witnesses: Marina Oswald; Bill Newman; Bobby Hargis; Robert Frazier; Beverly Oliver; and Aubrey Rike.

Through these personal encounters we get a more intimate feel for Fiester herself, her empathy for the witnesses' pain, and her frustration in confronting an unresolved call to justice.

All told, Enemy of the Truth told me plenty of things I didn't know about the murder of JFK - and that surprised me! This book is proof that not all of the questions about JFK's death have been answered. Some of the right questions haven't even been asked! But Enemy of the Truth does a fine job of shattering some of the myths that have stood in the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fatal Shot from the Front Proven Beyond any Doubt 26 Dec 2012
By David S. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
That Sherry Fiester's "Enemy of the Truth" destroys the Warren Commission Single Bullet Theory and proves the fatal shot from the front is beyond debate.

No FBI bogus fact and no Warren Commission bogus evidence is needed to establish that frame 312 and 313 display a distinctive blood spatter pattern which explains the slight forward movement and proves, together with the dramatic back and to the left subsquent movement, a fatal shot from the front. This proof is monumental, it is based on proven science, and will simply not go away. It stands on its own with a science defined subsequent to the assassination, and means "case closed". The argument that Fiester fails to separate the bogus evidence of the FBI and the pretensions of the Warren Commission puppets makes no head way against Fiester's primary thesis. Quibbling about the cone is not accurate either, as the position of the head and body determine the cone's dimensions without reference to any bogus evidence. No one can read this book and remain a lone-nutter, or not forever grateful to Sherry Fiester.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sherry Fiester: Ally of the Truth 22 May 2013
By Phil Dragoo - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only must-read JFK assassination book. 1 Aug 2013
By JT - Published on Amazon.com
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If you read only one book about the JFK assassination, read this one!*

NOTE: Read the * footnote right now if you are familiar with JFK assassination research.

I would not recommend only reading this book. And I would not suggest starting with this one. BUT, if you are determined to only read one book about the JFK assassination and you want to know for certain if the official story of a "lone nut" gunman positioned in a window of the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository shot JFK, this is the one book that will definitively tell you.

Fiester discards all emotional, speculative theorizing. She instead provides sound analyses and conclusions formed from the available irrefutable forensic evidence to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that JFK was fatally shot by a bullet fired from a position in front of him that was completely opposite of the six floor window of the Texas School Book Depository building.

If you want to know whether or not JFK was fatally shot from a bullet fired from the front -- which if true, disqualifies the official story in its entirety -- you must read this book.

*In discussing this book with those who are familiar with the fact that JFK's limo was hit by a "flurry of bullets" (the term used by one of the secret service agents riding in the car), many have had an instinctive negative reaction to hearing Fiester's conclusion that the fatal shot was fired from an underpass location and not from the grassy knoll.

This negative reaction can be traced to their emotional upheaval upon hearing the phrase "the fatal shot was not fired by a shooter behind the fence on the grassy knoll" which is incorrectly interpreted as "there was no shooter on the grassy knoll" or "no shots were fired from the grassy knoll".

This is not what Fiester is suggesting. She never suggests that only one shot was fired or that no one fired a shot from the grassy knoll. She only addresses the issue of the FATAL shot to the head.

Fiester does not examine the evidence that supports the conclusion that several shooters positioned in several locations fired multiple shots, some simultaneously which were heard as one shot by ear witnesses. Most of the shots were misses -- as would be expected in firing at a moving target on a curving road. Even sharpshooters could not do it.

But these issues are not Sherry Fiester's concern when she wrote this book.

Like other reviewers, I am surprised at the high number of typographical errors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Dispels Many Myths 2 Feb 2013
By Garry Puffer - Published on Amazon.com
Anyone interested in the JFK assassination must read this book. It is a bombshell of information, some of which has languished on the sidelines, some of which is brand new.

Written from the perspective of a forensics and blood spatter expert, it is the most thorough review of critical ideas we have yet seen. For a very good overview of all the topics dealt with, see Mark Alfred's review here. I want to say, though, that the first chapter, dealing with the Dallas Police Department's handling of the sixth floor "crime scene," was alone worth the price of the book for me. No writer, to my knowledge, has ever bothered to tell us poor readers just what the police protocols were back in 1963, so a lot of speculation is based on what we've learned about forensics since then. I felt as if I were on the sixth floor, following these guys around. Wonderful chapter.

Don't expect revelations about the perpetrators. It's not that kind of book. But there are revelations galore in the "how" of the crime, including the slaughter of a few sacred cows. But anyone so tied to an idea that he cannot change his mind when better evidence comes along is not much of a researcher. Let's just say James Files and other Grassy Knoll fans will have to undergo a paradigm shift, and some will not be able to do that. Such is the nature of JFK conspiracy "buffs." The SBT people won't like this very much either, but they seldom consider real evidence anyway, and they will dismiss Fiester's findings, probably without reading the book (although some of them will review it). Fiester also has an excellent argument concerning the blood spray in the Zapruder film, showing once again that it is dangerous for amateurs (or professionals, for that matter)to decide anything from simply looking at a film or photograph. But in any case this is not a "conspiracy" book. This is a serious forensics look at a major crime.

I gave the book five stars because of its importance, but I really wanted to take off a star because the people at JFK Lancer do not seem to edit their books very well. There were many instances of omitted or duplicated words, and in one case the omitted word was "not." This causes problems of communication. They also failed to correct the use of "disburse" for "disperse," and this word was used a lot. These kinds of errors can be overlooked by a reader if they are few enough in number. Such is not the case here, nor in the other JFK Lancer-published book I read. They should invest in a good copy editor because the books they publish are really good and deserve the best treatment possible.
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