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Since that grim day, Nov 22 1963, there has been so much contraversy, conspiracy theory etc - re the actual events when JFK was assassinated. Discovery Channel filmed an investigation by non-gov folks - and it cleared up a lot IMO.

Not sure when the program first came out (last 2 years anyways - not older) - some may have seen it but I found it most interesting - a documentary on the whole deal but in particular, a very detailed look at shot #2 - the so called ''Magic Bullet". It was also shown that even that rather ''basic'' rifle could be fired three times in 8 to 9 seconds with accurate hits at 60 yards - if it didn't jam!!

I edited down very tight the main thrust of the magic bullet experiment, to keep vid file small - but it satisfied my curiosity anyways. The set up used gel torso forms, with skeletal internals - all set at highly exact distances and angles - to reproduce to the n'th degree the actual circumstances.

It showed that after hitting JFK, the bullet could and would have had some tumble - thus the 3cm entrance wound in Connelly, and then forearm damage and finally thigh embedding. In this experiment, extra bullet deformation thru hitting two ribs and not one, lost it enough remaining velocity for the thigh penetration not to occur - perfectly logical explanation of this result IMO.

Take a peek - see what you think, assuming my file uploads OK.
 

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Small nudge for this - still interested to know what folks think of it.
 

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Very interesting, too say the least.
Im just sceptical about using dummies. Even if they had two actual cadavers, I would think that replicating the same bullet path is kinda quincidental. Why did he just only use one test, once? In a real test I would think he would try it a few more times. Still, I cant argue the results.
 

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Thing with the dummies was Greg - they were painstakingly made, and so somewhat of a one hit deal, instance for example the double rib shattering, and so not re-usable. Prior to this shot tho they did do same test with the original moulds and before that - numerous tests with a melon and cardboard ''witness'' sheets.

To keep vid small I had to just use this section - the culmination if you will - of a huge effort at accuracy and reproduction of things, as close just about as was humanly possible.

Having seen the preceeding stages and all the hard work - have to say - it answered the doubts for me - to a major degree re the probability.
 

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Sorry to be a pain about this, but one shot isn't proving anything in my mind. Its just not conclusive.
Thing with the dummies was Greg - they were painstakingly made, and so somewhat of a one hit deal, instance for example the double rib shattering, and so not re-usable.
Why didn't they make 20 or more dummies?

I guess in reality there is no solid ballistic test out there. Just way to many variables in wound ballistics to make it a science. If there was a true measure, no one would argue what cartridge is best for Defence or Hunting. That just wouldn't be any fun, now would it? :biggrin:


Did you see the test where they took several shooters, and tried to have them shoot 3 accurate shots in whatever amount of time, under the same conditions. None could do it. Oswald was only a sharpshooter in the Marines.
 

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I'd say Greg that because of the intense work that went into making the torso's, a large number would have been overly costly, in time and cash.

I agree - test repetition and consistency would always go a long way toward greater credence - no doubt of that. I doubt if anything can be ever taken as totally conclusive anyways.

As I said the lead-up to this was IMO pretty exhaustive - this bit I showed was a culmination of some pretty hard work and did for me anyways - show that multiple wounds from one bullet could be a possibility. Earlier on, they had a sharpshooter doing rapid fire vs accuracy tests and he did succeed more than once in achieving 3 shots accurately enough in 8 to 9 seconds - tho in one or two string attemps he had jams - feed problems IIRC - so it may be said that there was some luck involved to get three consecutive shots off.

Let's just say - it is so far the best result I have seen over all the years, that shows the possibility of one bullet injuring two people.
 

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Sorry to be a pain about this, but one shot isn't proving anything in my mind. Its just not conclusive.
This isn't the first program the Discovery Channel did on the "majic bullet." The last one I saw, they even used a 64-65 Lincoln with dummies at speed (6mph?), shooter on a 60ft. scaffold. He easily repeated the shot.
 

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In this prog' OD they did the moving car tests at 10mph. Rather successfully!
 

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Cool. I always thought 3 accurate shots, in a few seconds wouldn't be super difficult, at that distance. Even with a p.o.s. Carcano. Now imagine if he used a 6.5x55mm Swedish Mauser, which happens to be my favorite rifle round (not that it actual matters, I just love that round! Talk about a magic bullet:biggrin: ).
 

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Thanks Chris, is this the one they used laser tracking with live subjects also?
 

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P.S. ... Chris,

If you enjoy forensics, you should get a copy of Forensic Analysis of the April 11, 1986, FBI Firefight. W. French Anderson, M.D., fascinating read.
 

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I think the test was as well done as possible. Like the announcer said the test was as close as possible.

Having said that, the shot can never be exactually duplicated, to many factors. And no matter what is done there will always be those that swear there were 10,000 shots fired! :biggrin:
 

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OD - well, lasers were used a lot yes - the high power green. They mod'd a Mannlicher to operate a switch when trigger pulled and this was used on travelling car with same size models.

I have read several forensic books over time - most when doing medical training back in 60's - so have seen a good number of assorted after effects of shootings.

Rick - for the many ''fans'' of conspiracy theories - there will never be a saisfactory answer anyways - speculation is way more fun :smile:
 

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Whether there was one shooter, or several, there was a conspiracy/cover-up. This was the FBI that, using both skillful evidence collection and bare-knuckles, largely broke the Klan; the Dallas PD, considered one of the more professional of the time; etc., etc.. Granted, the assasination was a "Biggie", and mistakes were certainly magnified, but by even the most accomodating standards, the scene handling was slip-shod.

Oswald, based on his background, would seem to be a fairly inept-to-average assasin, but great pressure can clarify and focus one's actions and thoughts to accomplish the heretofore impossible, so...

Too much like the OKC bombing- too many loose ends and unexplained circumstances. The real question is whether the cover-up was to protect the well-intentioned-but-too-late individuals/agencies, or did we have a coup, as the most black-hearted conspiracists believe? :confused:
 

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Thanks Chris, must be the same program, maybe I missed this segment. :confused:
 

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Govenor Connelly's testimony and medical records rule out the "magic bullet". He testified that he heard gunshots, looked to his left, then to his right and was then turning around to say something to JFK when the bullet struck him (Connelly). The round in question is NOT subsonic, and the path of the magic bullet from Oswald's position requires Connelly to be facing forward. That bullet broke some of Connelly's bones (clearly shown on his X-rays) and left fragments in his body (again, clearly shown on the X-rays). But the so-called magic bullet was pretty much pristine (certainly not fragmented), and weighed in at the full weight of the FMJ for that caliber.

So there were at least 4 shots fired that day, at least one was not recovered, and the above evidence implies a second shooter.

My take on the investigation is that it was mishandled due to incompetence, not malice, and the Warren commission was a blue panel of lawyers, none with any technical background, intentionally picked purely for reputation, to cover the governments' collective asses.
 

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It continues to be fascinating!

I guess this excercize did show, if nothing else - the potential at least for 7 wound signs from one bullet. I doubt the mystery will ever be resolved now to satisfaction of all. Conjecture is almost self-perpetuating :smile:
 

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So there were at least 4 shots fired that day
Not if the first shot missed as they claimed.
 
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