Researcher David Knight of ProjectJFK.com joins S.T. Patrick to discuss the weaponry of Dealey Plaza. Knight presented the “A New Weapon, A New Theory” talk at JFK Lancer’s November in Dallas and the JFK Historical Group Conference in Olney, both to positive reviews. Tonight, he discusses his entrance into the JFK assassination community, the trajectories of the frontal shots, the “hole in the windshield” debate, the throat shot, the known weaponry available in Dealey Plaza on 11-22-63, his theory of hat weapon could have been used, and the story of JFK in Springfield, Illinois.
David Knight’s work can be found at ProjectJFK.com
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Rob Gaylord says
Man, I was really into this show right up ’til I heard the words “13 shots” — which was about 30 seconds into the interview.
Give us a break, ST. . .
S.T. Patrick says
For the record, I don’t know what any of the guests will say until they say it. I think David, Brian, and Casey would all say “up to” and not “exactly.” The situation they would discuss would, I would guess, be one in which a military firing squad type of precision and timing would be key to anything approaching 13 shots. For example, at the end of the opening montage, you hear three shots when actually it’s 21 (seven firing at once three times). None of the three would say that anyone heard 13 shots. I tend to think it was fewer, but I don’t censor the guests who so kindly agree to come on the show. That said, I felt these three episodes were very eye-opening, informed, and valuable. Thanks, Rob. — S.T.
Andrew Ward says
It is a Carcano, not a Mannlicher Carcano. It uses a Mannlicher style magazine. This is a oft-repeated myth.
I would assume that the plan was to pin this on a lone assassin. That would make it very risky to use more than 2 or 3 shooters. Just one miss could make it impossible to present a convincing lone assassin. Then there is the higher probability of one of the shooters being spotted. Coordinating the shots in the manner of a 21 gun salute to minimize the number of shots heard would seem to be impossible even with a radio coordinator since a good shot for one location may not be good for another.
Why would a professional marksman take a shot through a windshield that would allow the trajectory to be traced as well as present glare that might obscure the target or risk hitting other occupants?
I think this is being made far too complicated. The clearest shot that offered an unobstructed view of JFK for a long period of time, in a straight direction of travel, close enough to the TSBD for confusion of both source and trajectory and yet offering concealment and cover is the DalTex building.
Jim Glover says
The head shot that had an entrance in the temple and exit behind the right ear could only have come from the front but the front was not the grassy knoll. Because of the winding road the front at the head shot was the South End of the bridge overpass. also because Kennedy was leaning to his left a shooter up by the end of the railing laying low would be hidden from the workers on the bridge. I was up there last Nov. and it is the best place to not hit jackie and is a almost straight on shot.
Charlie Greene says
The more I learn, the more I tend to agree, Mr. Glover.