Jim Garrison on the single-bullet theory (from Oliver Stone’s JFK)

     “A picture speaks a thousand words. Yet sometimes the truth is too simple for some…The Warren Commission thought they had an open and shut case: three bul­lets, one assassin—but two things happened that made it virtually impossible: 1) the Zapruder film which you just saw, and 2) the third wounded man, Jim Tague, who was nicked by a fragment down by the Triple Underpass. The time frame of 5. 6 seconds established by the Zapruder film left no possibility of a fourth shot from Oswald’s rifle, but the shot or fragment that left a superficial wound on Tague’s cheek had to come from a bullet that missed the car entirely. Now they had two bullets that hit, and we know one of them was the fatal head shot. So a single bullet remained to account for all seven wounds in Kennedy and Connally. But rather than admit to a conspiracy or investigate further, the Commissioners chose to endorse the theory put forth by an ambitious junior counselor, Arlen Specter. One of the grossest lies ever forced on the American people, we’ve come to know it as the “magic bullet” theory.”
“…the magic bullet enters the President’s back, headed downward at an angle of 17 degrees. It then moves upward in order to leave Kennedy’s body from the front of his neck—his neck wound number two—where it waits 1.6 seconds, turns right and con­tinues into Connally’s body at the rear of his right armpit—wound number three. Then, the bullet heads downward at an angle of 27 degrees, shattering Connally’s fifth rib and leaving from the right side of his chest—wounds four and five. The bullet con­tinues downward and then enters Connally’s right wrist—wound number six—shatter­ing the radius bone. It then enters his left thigh—wound number seven—from which it later falls out and is found in almost “pristine” condition on a stretcher in a corridor of Parkland Hospital. That’s some bullet. Anyone who’s been in combat can tell you never in the history of gunfire has there been a bullet like this (the court laughs). The Army Wound Ballistics experts at Edgewood Arsenal fired some comparison bullets and not one of them look anything like this one. Take a look at CE 856, an identical bullet fired through the wrist of a human cadaver—just one of the bones smashed by the magic bullet. Yet the government says it can prove this with some fancy physics in a nuclear laboratory. Of course they can. Theoretical physics can prove an ele­phant can hang from a cliff with its tail tied to a daisy, but use your eyes—your common sense—seven wounds, skin, bone. This single bullet explanation is the foun­dation of the Warren Commission’s claim of a lone assassin. And once you conclude the magic bullet could not create all seven of those wounds, you have to conclude there was a fourth shot and a second rifleman. And if there was a second rifleman, there had to be a conspiracy, which we believe involve the accused Clay Shaw. Fifty-one witnesses, gentlemen of the jury, thought they heard shots coming from the Grassy Knoll, which is to the right and front of the President…”

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