An Unclosed Case: The Death of President John F. Kennedy

October 8, 2008

As we have seen, in my last post, Mark Lane in his book Plausible Denial reports about how the testimony of one woman placed Jack Ruby in a motel room in Dallas talking with members of the assassination squad on Thursday evening, November 21, 1963.  What have others said about Jack Ruby and where he was on Thursday night?  What has been said about Jack Ruby not being a part of a conspiracy?

Gerald Posner in his book Case Closed wrote about Jack Ruby’s whereabouts from the time he got up on Thursday morning of November 21 to the time he killed Lee Harvey Oswald in the late morning of Sunday, November 24, 1963.  Posner did not report about Jack Ruby visiting any motel on Thursday evening.

Posner wrote about how unstable Jack Ruby became after he was arrested and convicted of killing Oswald.  He also wrote about how emotionally unstable Jack Ruby was from the time of the assassination to the time he killed Oswald.  Posner believes that Jack Ruby acted alone and was not a part of any conspiracy. 

At the request of Jack Ruby, Ruby took a lie detector test on July 18, 1964 that the Warren Commission had administered.  This test showed that Ruby told the truth about not knowing Oswald, that he killed Oswald on his own, and that Ruby did not decide to kill Oswald until the last minute on that Sunday, November 24th.

Jack Ruby was granted an appeal, but he died on January 3, 1967 before the second trial could be held.  One wonders if this second trial would have revealed anything differently?

1. Do you think that Jack Ruby was part of a conspiracy?  Why do you believe this?

2. Do you think that Jack Ruby acted alone when he killed Oswald?  Why do you believe this?

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An Unclosed Case: The Death of President John F. Kennedy

October 8, 2008

In this post I have included an audio segment that I created on the Liberty Lobby trial of 1985 and how it relates to the Kennedy assassination.  I rely on the book Plausible Denial by Mark Lane for the content of this audio recording.  I made this recording using Audacity, a free program that I downloaded from the internet.  You will need windows media player in order to hear this recording.  Here are some questions that relate to this audio recording.

1. Do you think that what Mark Lane discovered in this trial is reliable?

2. Explain why you believe or why you don’t believe in the information that Mark Lane discovered in this trial?

Here is the link to the audio recording.

https://oncourse.iu.edu/access/content/user/roglbarn/Liberty%20Lobby%20trial.wav

An Unclosed Case: The Death of President John F. Kennedy

October 8, 2008

Gerald Posner in his book Case Closed reported that three men were crucial ear-witnesses to the three gun shots that they heard on the fifth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building.  Junior Jarman, Harold Norman, and Bonnie Ray Williams desribed the three shots they heard to the Warren Commission.  Harold Norman heard three shots and could hear the bolt action and the sound of shells hitting the floor above him.  Bonnie Ray Williams said the shots were loud.

Mark Lane in his book Rush to Judgment wrote about this same testimony before the Warren Commission.  However, Lane also reported that Bonnie Ray Williams told the FBI at an earlier date that he had only heard two shots above him.  Lane also reported that Bonnie Ray Williams said to the Warren Commission that when he heard the first shot he thought it was a motorcycle backfire.  Junior Jarman said to the Warren Commission that he thought the first shot was a backfire from below him.

1. What do you think about these ear witnesses on the fifth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building at the time of the assassination?

2.Why do you think that there were discrepancies in their testimony?

Moments before the assassination

This photograph was found at http://library.thinkquest.org/3483/Rhist/jfk.html.

An Unclosed Case: The Death of President John F. Kennedy

October 7, 2008

There has been controversy about the bullet that hit the President’s head.  The Warren Commission and the author Gerald Posner claim that the bullet came from Oswald’s rifle at the 6th floor hitting the President in the back of his head.  On the other hand, the film taken by Abraham Zapruder shows that the President was thrown to his left and toward the rear of his car as Mark Lane points out in his book Rush to Judgment.  President Kennedy would have fallen forward if he had been hit by a bullet in the back of his head. 

Gerald Posner quotes a medical doctor who said that he believed that the President was hit by a bullet in the back of his head and went out the right side of his head.  This doctor said that the brain injury caused a spasm that caused the body to stiffen.  The muscles of the back and neck contracted causing his body to move upward and to the rear.  However, Posner quotes another medical doctor who said that by the President’s movement alone, you cannot tell which direction he was shot from.

Mark Lane wrote about a witness named Charles Brehm who saw a part of the President’s skull fly to the rear of the car and directly to its left.  Lane also reports that Deputy Constable Seymour Weitzman said that he found part of the skull on the south side of Elm Street about 8 to 10 inches from the curb.  These two witnesses believed that the bullet hit the President from the right and in front of him.

The President’s car in the Dallas motorcade

This photograph was found at

http://www.glynn.k12.ga.us/BHS/Juniorprojects/Hunt01/laurenp5124.

1. Based on what witnesses and experts have said, do you believe that the President was hit by a bullet in the head from the rear from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository building or by a bullet shot from the grassy knoll?

2. Why do you believe this to be the case?

An Unclosed Case: The Death of President John F. Kennedy

October 7, 2008

The following is a video that I created with Photo Story 3 by Windows concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  A person will need Windows Media Player in order to view this video.  After viewing the video, please answer the following questions which you heard during the course of the video.

1. What do you think about the evidence collected against Lee Harvey Oswald and the witnesses who reported their claims against Oswald?

2. Is this evidence beyond a reasonable doubt or is there information that we still need?

3. But the question remains, even if Oswald fired three shots from the 6th floor, was he the only shooter involved?

4. Was there a conspiracy on November 22, 1963?

The six photographs were found at the following URL addresses.

JFK in car in motorcade was found at http://www.glynn.k12.ga.us.

Texas School Book Depository building was found at http://www.jfk-assassination.de.

Lee Harvey Oswald mugshot was found at http://john-f-kennedy.net.

Stockade fence above the grassy knoll was found at

http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/zapfence.jpg.

Moorman polaroid photograph of the assassination was found at

http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/moorman.jpg.

Jean Hill, a witness, points to the grassy knoll.  This photgraph was found at

http://www.jfk-online.com/jfkcameohill.html.

This is the link to the video that I created.

https://oncourse.iu.edu/access/content/user/roglbarn/PhotoStory1_1.wmv

An Unclosed Case: The Death of President John F. Kennedy

October 7, 2008

This blog is being done for a graduate class in library and information science.  It is set up to be a lesson for a High School U.S. History class for Junior year students. 

President John F. and his wife Jackie Kennedy visited Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.  Vice President Lyndon and his wife Lady Bird Johnson were also visiting Dallas on this same day.  Both couples rode in a motorcade through the city of Dallas during the middle of the day.  President Kennedy received two gun shot wounds after the car he was riding in turned on to Elm Street at 12:30 P.M.  Governor John Connolly was also wounded in the same car.  A bullet hit the President in the back and came out through his throat.  Although some say this bullet hit the President in the throat and came out his back.  Another bullet hit the President in the head which was the one that took his life.  President Kennedy died of his wounds at 1:00 P.M. at Parkland Hospital.  Governor Connolly recovered from his wounds.

This blog will explore whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted as the lone assassin shooting from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository building or whether there were two other assassins behind the picket fence above the grassy knoll.

Was Lee Harvey Oswald the only one participating in the assassination?  Why do you think this based on your previous knowledge of the assassination?

Was there a conspiracy to assassinate the President with Oswald in the Texas School Book Depository building and two other assassins behind the picket fence above the grassy knoll?  Why do you believe this to be the case based on your previous knowledge of the assassination?

JFK and Jackie get off plane in Dallas on 11-22-1963

This photogragh was found at http://www.ils.net/~action.

References for this post and the other posts for this blog by Roger Barnes

Lane, Mark.  Plausible Denial.  New York: Thunder’s Mouth Press, c. 1991.

Lane, Mark.  Rush to Judgment.  New York: Holt, Rhinehart & Winston, c. 1966.

Posner, Gerald.  Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK.  New York: Random House, c. 1993.