28 January 2008

Assassination, Triangulation and the Magic Bullet Theory!

After Friday's post on the Sinatra stamp, I couldn't help but begin to think more about Sinatra, the Rat Pack and JFK. Logically, I drifted to the Fall of 1963. President Kennedy had traveled to Dallas to meet with Democratic party leaders on a variety of issues. Shortly after lunchtime, Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade drove past the Texas School Book Depository :

"...We interrupt this program to bring you this special bulletin from ABC Radio. Here is a special bulletin from Dallas, Texas. Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas, Texas. This is ABC Radio...."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_John_F._Kennedy_assassination

Tragically altering the course of history as well as many American's perception of the nation itself, this single event sparked a decade of change. Officially, Lee Harvey Oswald is listed as the assailant. Unofficially, many people take a different approach. The best way we can find our own answer is to look at the evidence ourself, including photos, reports, and eyewitness accounts.

With this in mind, there are some excellent sources at NARA that I stumbled across in my research. In particular, a color photo of the "magic bullet" which ended up on the stretcher beside Connolly* according to the source on Wikipedia.

*"...found not on Governor Connally’s stretcher, but on the stretcher next to his in the corridor at the Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas..."

As a side note, the archives also has a color photo of the Zapruder camera. The film taken by this camera is probably one of the most famous of this unfortunate tragedy.

In the interest of not being sensationalist, I will not post the film here, but YouTube has quite a listing of the short film. If you are interested, check here.

Have a great Monday! Check back tonight for my second posting of the day.

List of sources:

Magic Bullet Theory: Wikipedia

JFK Presidential Library

BBC Timeline of Nov. 22, 1963

Wikipedia main entry on the assassination

Zapruder Resources (includes manuals, etc.)

Area near the Texas Schoolbook Depository (courtesy Google Maps)

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NARA Resources*

*Remember keyword searching and limiting to digital resources will provide the best results. I used FBI as one search term, while John Fitzgerald Kennedy provided multiple hits as well.

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