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

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?

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