Whom do sources A- E claim shot Kennedy & what evidence is given for this?


The Warren Commission is summarised in source A, it comes to the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald shot President Kenned and that he acted alone, “…concludes that Oswald acted alone.” It states: “The shots, which killed President Kennedy were fired from the sixth floor window…of the Texas School Book Depository.” As Connally was also shot, the commission says that the “near whole bullet” that was found on Connally’s stretcher was “fired from the 6.5mm Mannlicher-Carcano rifle found at the sixth floor of the depository building.” It also states that “…three used cartridge cases found near the window of the sixth floor were fired from the same rifle which fired” the same bullet which injured Connally.


One may suspect that because the American Government wanted to put an to speculation regarding a conspiracy and a cover up of the real reason Kennedy was killed. Did they just accuse the first man they saw inside the Book Depository Building? Did they plan to do this? These are questions which arose after the production of The Warren Commission, because although the Government wanted to squash speculation, they just fuelled more rumours.


Most people were not happy with the Warren Commission and it’s reliability (mainly because of the lack of time it took to complete) and so the Senate decided to reopen the investigation due to continued speculation of the Warren Commission and in light of new evidence not considered by them. They set up the Senate Select Committee to review the case.


Like source A, it agrees that “Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots at President…Kennedy.” Although at this time, new scientific evidence had been discovered, and that “scientific acoustical evidence (sound recording) establishes a high probability that two gunmen fired at President Kennedy.” Also that “A newly found tape recording of a motor cycle policeman’s radio transmission has shown that four, not three shots were fired.” Although other gunmen are not identified, nor is the extent of any conspiracy.”


Source C presents us with a theory (that later became known as the “Magic Bullet” theory) from the Warren Commission illustrated as a drawing, and asks if their version of events could be possible.


Source D compares the bullet found on Connally’s stretcher in Parkland Hospital after the assassination that had supposedly fell out of his body, with a similar bullet after it had penetrated the wrist of a corpse. The difference between the two are extraordinary, one would think that they would have some similarities as the bullet found on Connally’s stretcher had supposedly entered his body at his left armpit, exited through his fifth rib, entered again and excited through his right wrist, and then entered into his right thigh as described in Source C. The bullet bears no resemblance to one that has been shot through a corpse’s wrist, even though one would think it would be even more damaged. This suggests that there was a plant, and therefore a conspiracy to cover up the real bullet that had been in Connally’s body.


Source E is a film, “JFK” by Oliver Stone. This film supports the conspiracy theory and presents an idealised view of Kennedy and a negative view of the Government and Johnson, who bcame President as a result of Kennedy’s death. In the film, the unidentified workmen in the building that day are the assassins, they are one group. Another group is in the Dal-tex building and a third in the grassy knoll. Stone argues that there were twelve gunmen involved with six shots being fired. He feels that the Government are corrupt and stole evidence to cover up what they did, for example Kennedy’s autopsy report, where did that go? No one knows.