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Killing Kennedy? How About Killing Some JFK Assassination Myths?

Since this week will mark the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, there has been no shortage of things said and written about the event.

Unfortunately, many of articles and programs have merely been a rehashing of the same old, tired explanations.

Even Bill O’Reilly, who gave us an excellent book on Lincoln’s assassination, had to weigh in on this one.

In his book, Killing Kennedy, O’Reilly’s book simply trotted out the same stale theories. His predictable conclusions merely added to this fifty year-old fairy tale.

He, of the No Spin Zone, gave us, well, spin.

As a man who has decades of experience with hunting and firearms, I’ve never been able to buy the incredible list of fables given to us by the Warren Commission.

I will not doubt anyone who says that Lee Harvey Oswald was guilty of shooting at John F. Kennedy from an upper floor window of the Book Depository in Dallas.

I do, however, challenge the disturbing and antiquated notion that Oswald was the lone gunman.

As someone who has shot and killed animals that approximate the weight of a small human being, I have witnessed the force of a bullet at the moment of impact.

I have repeatedly seen how an animal’s body reacts to the impact of a slug, propelled by the blast from a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.

And nothing I’ve ever seen allows me to reconcile the government’s explanation of what happened to John Kennedy with the footage from the famed Zapruder film.

At one point during that film, you see the final kill shot, a moment in time when an assassin’s bullet instantly removed JFK from this life.

Kennedy’s head is violently thrown backwards from the force of the bullet. The back of his skull, from what is clearly an exit wound, sends pieces of his brain, hair, and skull flying towards the rear of the car.

In fact, it looked like Jacqueline Kennedy, who was no doubt fearful and in a state of shock, tried to retrieve a portion of her husband’s skull from the back of the limousine.

And for those of you who know nothing about guns, let me briefly explain two critical facts: Entrance wounds are small. Exit wounds are not.

That is where the Warren Commission’s theories on the assassination are blown to pieces.

From his place in the Book Depository, Oswald would have been shooting down and to the rear of the Kennedy motorcade.

In order for Oswald to have been the lone assassin, then you must suspend the laws of physics to explain what you see in the film.

If Oswald took that final life-ending shot, then the blast caused Kennedy’s head to be propelled backward, AGAINST the force of the bullet.

That is impossible.

That final shot could have ONLY come from somewhere in front of the president’s car.

Another problem which nobody fully addresses is the testimony of the witnesses, who claimed to smell gunsmoke at the time of the shooting on the parade route of Dealey Plaza.

How is that possible?

If Oswald was the lone shooter, from an upper story window, all traces of gunsmoke would have dissipated long before anybody would have noticed them below.

And then there’s the government’s fairy tale of the “pristine bullet.”

One bullet supposedly passed through TWO individuals, made several wounds, and even changed directions. Then it was found, under a man’s body on the gurney, in pristine condition.

What a bunch of hogwash!

Bullets that strike objects, such as bone, tend to greatly mushroom.

They do not remain in the same condition as when they were first loaded into the cartridge, along with the powder and primer.

And what do you do with the testimony of witnesses, who claimed bullets struck the ground beside them.

This shooting occurred less than two decades after World War II, a war in which nearly every able-bodied man saw action.

If men said bullets were striking the ground around them, you can be assured these men on the Plaza were intimately familiar with gunfire and they knew of what they spoke.

Most disturbing of all is the fact that a number of the government’s files relating to Kennedy’s assassination remain sealed and unavailable to the public.

If Oswald was the lone gunman and there is truly no mystery left to be discovered in JFK’s murder, then why must the government continued to hide this information?

What is there to hide?

If you want truth, I would suggest that you forget about Killing Kennedy.

If Bill O’Reilly was truly interested in explaining the truth of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, perhaps he should have started by killing the myth.

Topics: Killing Kennedy, JFK Assassination, Bill O’Reilly, Warren Commission, Lee Harvey Oswald

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R.G. Yoho

R.G. Yoho is a Western author who has published seven books, including “Death Comes to Redhawk,” along with a non-fiction work entitled “America’s History is His Story.”

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