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December 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 9, 2013



Casting more doubt on lone gunman idea

The recent observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought back some thoughts of the event.

Popular wisdom on the event has President Kennedy shot by Lee Harvey Oswald from behind, specifically from the sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository then later shooting Dallas Patrolman J.D. Tippit to death with a handgun. That is only some of the “information” put forth post-assassination.

Time is long overdue for that information to be challenged. I have in my possession a paperbook copy of “JFK: Conspiracy of Silence,” by Charles A. Crenshaw, M.D. Dr. Crenshaw was one of the physicians who vainly attempted to save President Kennedy’s life.

In his book, Dr. Crenshaw states that following JFK’s assassination, Oswald was stopped by Dallas patrolman J.D. Tippit for a “field interview,” at which point Oswald allegedly shoots Tippit. Or so the story goes.

Now there is one problem with that scenario. Oswald was armed with a .38 caliber revolver; Tippit was shot with a semiautomatic pistol. The ammo is not even close to being interchangeable.

Back at Parkland Hospital, according to Dr. Crenshaw, a medical student, Evalea Glages, recounted a most peculiar story. According to Ms. Glanges, while the medical team was fighting to save the president, she was outside in the E.R. parking lot, standing beside the president’s limousine, where she pointed out to another student a bullet hole in the upper area of the windshield.

At the time that Ms. Glanges called attention to the bullet hole, a Secret Service agent nearby overheard her comment, “nervously” jumped into the limo and sped away.

The president was shot from in front, not from behind, the evidence supports this fact. I am a recreational shooter who has spent a lot of time “plinking.” I, and friends, would go out to a safe shooting area, armed with small-bore rifles and handguns and shoot at pop cans and small boxes. In ALL cases, the target item would move in the direction of bullet travel, not toward the shooter.

If you will examine the Zapruder footage, you will clearly see that the impact of the bullets, at the instant they hit JFK, clearly caused the president’s head to move to the left and rear, indicative of a frontal approach.

This casts doubt about the president being shot from behind, as does the fact that Oswald, armed with a revolver, shot Officer Tippit, who was shot with a semiautomatic pistol and not a revolver.

Kenneth Crockett, Kokomo

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