The Three Gunshots


Almost all witnesses of the Dallas Shooting agree several shots were fired.  Some say two ... Most three ... Some five or even six.  Generally speaking it is felt that the true number was three, However several people including Mr Tague  (Now known to have been slightly wounded in the Shooting),  thought the first shot sounded different, Like a firecracker.  Could there be a good reason for this?

The Tague wounding is one of the most interesting puzzles of the Dealey Plaza shooting. Many believe that Tague was wounded by a fragment from the head shot.  However there is a good case to suspect that he was actually hit by (a) a fragment of the missed first shot ...Or ...(b) a piece of concrete sent flying when the first bullit hit the kerbstone.

One of the true mysteries of the Kennedy assassination why did Oswald miss?  can never be resolved.  Perhaps the trigger was accidentally nudged as Oswald was bringing the Mannlicher-Carcano to bear on the limousine, or Oswald hurried a shot as he saw the oak branches approaching in the scope, or the branches caused a deflection.  Each succeeding shot demonstrated an increasing familiarity and accuracy with the weapon.

With plenty of time to recycle the bolt on his Mannlicher-Carcano and reacquire the target, Oswald's second shot came three-and-one-half seconds after the first.  The limousine was now clear of the oak's branches and perhaps the non-reaction of the Secret Service agents  (though a few had jerked their heads to their right)  renewed Oswald's confidence.

Photographic evidence in the Zapruder film strongly supports the notion that Connally and Kennedy were hit at the same time.

The metal-jacketed bullet struck just six inches below the assumed target:  JFK's skull.  By errie coincidence, it had passed through the soft tissue of JFK's neck without directly striking a bone, leaving the bullet 100-percent intact and undistorted.  The distance through the neck was just 14 cm, too short to cause the bullet to seriously tumble, so it emerged from the throat leaving a clean circular wound many mistook for an "entrance" wound.

By the time the bullet reached Connally, its tumbling caused a slightly elongated entrance wound. As with Kennedy's throat, the bullet coursing along Connally's right chest muscles did not directly strike a bone;  rather pressure from the missile caused the fifth rib to implode into the right lung.

The bullet, now considerably slowed, first suffered distortion  (an elongated twist)  when it glanced off the right radius bone.  Connally's right wrist would heal without pins or an artifical joint because the deflected bullet had taken no bone with it.  The nearly-spent bullet then nestled into the left thigh where it apparently stayed until Connally was lifted from his stretcher onto the operating table at Parkland.

Fortuitous for Oswald, left-to-right tracking steadily decreased as the car approached Elm's curved midway.  The third shot came five seconds after the second.  A greatly diminished trajectory slope caused the target to recede much slower in Oswald's telescopic view, thus easing vertical tracking.

Any inhibitions towards taking life now dissolved, the assassin's last shot became the easiest.  It would later be determined that Oswald had caught the President's upper right skull by just an inch.  If the bullet had struck the intended target, the center of the rear skull, it would have likely exited out through the President's face.


8 seconds,  three bullets and the "Death in Dallas" changed the World.

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