THE WOUNDING OF JOHN CONNALLY

BY RUSSELL KENT 2005

Three people were injured by gunshot fire on 22nd November 1963 in Dealey Plaza, Dallas. One, unfortunately, died in the trauma room at Parkland Memorial Hospital. A second would have died from his wounds on the way to the hospital but for the actions of his wife. The third was only lightly peppered on his cheek by flying material from a bullet hitting the kerb. Yet it was his wounds that forced a flawed investigation into some incredible maneuvering to support an unsustainable theory.

The cornerstone of the Warren Commission's conclusions on ‘who killed President John F. Kennedy’ and how they did it is a theory. This theory is often called “the single bullet theory” (SBT) and sometimes the “magic bullet theory”. It was probably invented by Arlen Specter, although other members of the Warren Commission have claimed it has their own. It states that one bullet; fired from the sixth floor east most window of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) caused seven wounds to two people in the Presidential limousine.

In this paper, I will show that the evidence cannot sustain the central pillar of the SBT, the alleged wounding of Texas Governor John Connally by one bullet. Furthermore, I will show that the Warren Commission manipulated the evidence in the 1960’s and, to some extent, by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in the 1970’s.

I am not looking at how the three men were wounded that day or who did the shooting. I am only concerned with how the Warren Commission said they were wounded. In doing so, I have been drawn to the conclusion that elements of the Warren Commission and of the HSCA conspired to cover up the truth...

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