THE PIVOTAL theory of the Warren Commission is that the assassination of President Kennedy was the work of one man, Lee Harvey Oswald, firing from the Texas School Book Depository. The Warren Report states:

1. ''All the shots which caused the President's and Governor Connally's wounds were fired from the sixth floor window... [WR 19];

2. ...Oswald acted alone. [WR22] The first statement precludes the possibility that shots were fired from any location other than behind and above the motorcade. The second precludes the possibility that more than one man was firing at the motorcade from the rear.

There is, however, a considerable body of evidence which shows that neither statement is correct. The Warren Commission, charged with ascertaining and making public all the facts of the assassination, and having much of the disturbing evidence at its disposal, dismissed this evidence with scarcely more than a cursory examination.

This evidence falls into two main categories:

• Evidence that two or more gunmen were firing from the rear. [Part One]

• Evidence that one or more gunmen were firing from the front. [Part Two]

The facts are here. The reader may judge for himself.

NOTE: In the citations which accompany this essay, references by Roman and Arabic numerals, (e.g., III,404), are to Hearings Before the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Washington, 1964), the 26 volumes of hearings, testimony and exhibits published by the Warren Commission; reference is to volume number and page number. WR refers to the Commission's single volume summation: Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy (Washington, D.C., 1964), commonly referred to as the Warren Report. Inquest refers to Edward Jay Epstein's book of that name (New York: The Viking Press, 1966). The paperback edition is published by Bantam Books, Inc.; references are to the Viking edition except as otherwise noted. The frequently used phrase The Report also refers to the one volume Warren Report...

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