As America remembers today’s fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F, Kennedy, research by a Texas A&M statistician is adding fuel to the conspiracy theories which have continued to build since November 22, 1963, 1200 WOAI’s Michael Board reports.
Lee Harvey Oswald is known beyond a doubt to have fired three bullets from his rifle, and a chemist testified during Congressional hearings that fragments from only two bullets were found in the Kennedy party, and a third bullet is known to have struck a curb on Elm Street and wounded by bystander.
But Texas A&M statistician Cliff Spiegelman says that chemist was wrong, and, statistically, there were likely more than two bullets found in President Kenney and Governor Connally.
“Now suppose there are three bullets in the Kennedy party and the bystander is also hit,” Spiegelman said. “How do you do that with three bullets.”
The heart of the myriad of conspiracy theories which have emerged since the shooting fifty years ago today is that the President was fired on by at least two places simultaneously, and more than the three bullets that Oswald fired were responsible.
“What we’re saying is that Dr. Glenn’s ability to pick out the number of bullets in the Kennedy party is seriously flawed,” he said.
Spiegelman says the bullets that were recovered from Kennedy and Connally are in the national archives, and more testing is needed.
“You could re-investigate the science in the counting of the bullets and probably find it out with high probability,” he said.
Connally was among those who thought that he was in the middle of a cross fire that day, and that more than the three bullets that were fired by Oswald’s bolt action World War Two era weapon were fired into the Presidential party.
Meanwhile, Sam Dement of San Antonio has unique memories of that day fifty years ago.
He was an Air Force master sergeant on November 21, 1963, and was in charge of photographing President Kennedy and his party during their stop at Brooks Air Force Base. He says the next day, the Secret Service contacted him.
“I was right out in the middle of it filming the full speech, and the next day the Secret Service grabbed me and said ‘we need what you’ve shot right away,’ and I responded, I don’t have it processed yet,” Dement told 120 WOAI’s Stephanie Narvaez.
“In my mind I can still visualize what happened that day,” he recalled. “It was so far back, and the country has changed a lot, some for the worse and some for the better. I just hope it never happens again.”