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  1. Below is a simple yet accurate series of photos which I took yesterday to try to visually help a certain member understand how the 'slouch angle', the crease in JFK's jacket and the migration of the shirt collar up into the neckline make huge differences to the relative height and alignment of the shirt, back and throat wound. Being new to the forum I made the error of jumping in to a debate and accidentally stood on the landmine or 'Vortex' as one more accurately described it, of the shirt hole and back wound. Just to check that my understanding of some basic physics was correct and to visualise this for others I grabbed a mannequin and shirt and some kids paint. All were within arms reach at the time coincidentally and my wife is away... I would like to preface this by adding that this isn't the area of the JFK case that I study or have a desire to spend great deal of time on but the single bullet theory has a few myths attached to it, of which the shirt entry wound is one. The challenge from the member was that the T1 vertebrae, which had a small fracture, is way too high to allow an exit wound in the throat AND an entry wound in the shirt, where we see it. Like many aspects of that fateful day the science and facts are fairly straight forward if you only discount the absurd and include the variables. The below series of photographs are not meant to suggest any more than that the points can and do line up, very easily. In the debate yesterday we kept to the clothing only and didn't discuss wider issues of the shot. Firstly we see a group of images showing the amount of bunching that day. I prefer the term 'fold' because the jacket actually has a single fold in it, at minimum 1" (doubled). The black and white image of JFK on a plane shows not only the same ( exaggerated admittedly by his previous sitting position and lack of jacket) fold but also the looseness of the cotton shirt he was wearing. This is important because one rebuttal of this experiment could be that a jacket crease is not a shirt crease. I have worked for 10 years buying and selling mens clothing, managing and owning several shops supplying traditional menswear. We are now online only, as is the fashion, but still have many memories of pinning customers in to jackets by way of their shirts. It always surprised me the regularity this would happen because you don't instinctively assume that the shirt follows the jacket. Well, it does. The looseness of the shirt would actually require a force applied to it for this to not be true when you think about it, and there is no force acting on a shirt to pull it tight on the body under a jacket which is both more fitted and stiff. When applied to JFK and more specifically the 'Croft' photo we can see that a bullet passing on the lower side or just under that crease would easily line up the known data points. In brief, the Z film shows very clearly the men reacting at the exact same time. Early versions of the Z film were blurred enough that many theories arose but now we have stabilized and HD version the myth that they react at different times needs to be put to bed, unless you want to suggest that the Z film is a complete CGI fabrication, which it isn't. But to focus on the shirt and its data points lets look at the images. One more thing .... The bunching is greater on the right sidebecause of his arm position, in fact it is entirely caused by this. The bullet entered right of centre so if anything there is more bunching on the non Croft side. Or , the Croft photo is deceiving as we are looking at the tail end of the fold, not where the bullet entered. The first set , as mentioned show the 'fold' AKA bunching. Then of course a basic line on the croft photo showing the path of a bullet satisfying the known points of impact. Image 1 - Bullet hole marked with paint Image 2 - Vertical position Image 3 - Slouch ( this is fairly conservative I feel and does not account also for the compression within the neck) Image 4 - Slouch with fold and raised neckline, as per Croft. (1" fold, 1" raise of shirt , relative to upright standing position - conservative if anything)
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