reply to post by Dr Love
There's one or two reasons why a street level stormdrain shot is compelling and one or two reasons it is not.
In favor of a street level storm drain shot:
In favor, it gives a good shot angle, being below and to the same side as Kennedy's seating, and would preclude Jackie being hit accidentally, either
from the shot itself, or from ejecta. It's also a good choice because of the high concealment aspect and if true, a good escape route, coming out in
the railyard behind the GK. No one would think of looking in the drain, unless there was a direct and obvious trail of smoke.
Opposed to a street level storm drain shot:
Not in favor is the extremely brief shot picture. In order to aim, track and fire, even for an expert, would require almost supernatural luck to hit
anything. The sight picture, even at 12mph would be very brief, and would not seem to allow time, though it's not impossible, I suppose. Also, if the
limo was too close to the curb, there might not have been a trajectory, being the side of the car would be too close and too high.(*)
In addition, I doubt anyone would have tried to get the shot with a handgun, though there was a report of a .45 round found in the grass across from
GK shot a decoy?
I agree with your assessment of the GK shot. IMO, if there was a shot from there, I think it was a decoy shot, and purposely missed.
Trajectory of any Grassy Knoll shot:
However, I don't think the trajectory was ideal. For one thing Jackie would have been directly in the line of fire from a shot there. For another it
would have required a side-to-side tracking and the potential for a miss would be great even with an expert.
Grassy Knoll too exposed?
Seems to me that the position was also too exposed, though if it were done as Lee Bowers said (a fast hand off and use of costumes) it's not
In favor of a bridge level Storm Drain shot:
At any rate, are you aware that there was another 'storm drain' up by the overpass? Some have said that though this would have been a good
trajectory, that it was obscured by trees and bushes. I'm not so sure of that.
Car parked on top of bridge/overpass:
Did you know of the rumor that someone parked a car on the overpass so that the tires rested on a manhole cover that would have given access to that
storm drain? (it was well above street level just to the right of the bridge railing, iirc)
Excellent trajectory from bridge storm drain side opening:
But the biggest reason to have the 'real' shot from such a perspective would be the excellent trajectory.
1. being in front, there would be no side-to-side tracking necessary. One could hold on the sight picture for quite a while (many seconds).
2. being in front, the target would not be moving away (as in a TSBD shot) and the sight picture would be getting bigger as the motorcade neared.
3. all other things being equal, if one had to pick an ideal position, then that would be it (unless you stood someone right on the bridge, which
wasn't really possible).
4. it would have given all the other favorable aspects of the street-level storm drain - concealment and escape, in addition to the favorable
5. it would explain the presence of the blood and ejecta that hit Bobby Hargis on the flanking motorcycle as he reported. If you draw a line from him,
past Kennedy's head, it pretty much lines up with that stormdrain.
6. Several people reported they thought a shot came from the bridge area and a policeman reportedly ran up there and looked on the bridge.
Hole in the Windshield?
If there really was a through-and-through in the windshield, which many think there was, then that's where that bullet would have had to come from.
So it's almost a certainty that there was a shooter in the overpass area. It's academic whether that was indeed the head shot we seem to see in the
NOTE: (*) If you look at the Z film, imo, there is some suspicious cropping of the lower frame as it goes by the first lamp post almost in front of
Zapruder. The frame edge seems to rise up obscuring the side of the car and part of the shoulders of the occupants for several frames. I've often
wondered if there didn't show a reflection in the side panel of the car which might have exposed someone in the drain, which was being passed in that
area of the film.
[edit on 8-11-2007 by Badge01]