It’s scary sometimes how Melissa and I think alike. I swear had no idea she would be posting about this exact same topic at exactly the same time, but perhaps it’s part of a vast conspiracy…
That said, it’s been almost 44 years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and since that day in November 1963, questions have lingered as to whether or not the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone was right.
Now, with scientific methods of forensic science that can check the evidence with far more accuracy and certainty than were available at the time, there is a call to re-examine the bullet fragments and determine if there may have been more than one gunman in Dealey Plaza on that Friday afternoon.
The “evidence used to rule out a second assassin is fundamentally flawed,” concludes a new article in the Annals of Applied Statistics written by former FBI lab metallurgist William A. Tobin and Texas A&M University researchers Cliff Spiegelman and William D. James.
The researchers’ re-analysis involved new statistical calculations and a modern chemical analysis of bullets from the same batch Oswald is purported to have used. They reached no conclusion about whether more than one gunman was involved, but urged that authorities conduct a new and complete forensic re-analysis of the five bullet fragments left from the assassination in Dallas.
“Given the significance and impact of the JFK assassination, it is scientifically desirable for the evidentiary fragments to be re-analyzed,” the researchers said.
Theories about the Kennedy assassination have been around since the moment the shots were fired, and they have never really gone away. Everyone from the CIA, Fidel Castro, the Mafia, to aliens from the future have been suspected, and it’s only a matter of time before some wingnut subpoenas Hillary Clinton to find out exactly where she was in November 1963 to determine whether or not she was involved so that she could eventually run for the White House. (Trust me, there’s gotta be someone out there who really thinks that.)
Even if this new method concludes that the bullets that killed President Kennedy didn’t come from the same batch, the truth may never be known to a certainty as to what really happened. I’ve never bought into the mass conspiracy theory because human nature and failings have proved time and again that we are incapable of executing such a complex and massive operation without someone screwing it up or leaking it to the press.
And frankly, we have reached a point that legend and myth have merged with reality to put the tragedy of Dallas into a place that we who remember it do not want to go back and revisit it again. As Mrs. Kennedy said after the funeral (and echoing Eleanor Roosevelt in April 1945), the story is over.
Cross-posted from Bark Bark Woof Woof.