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I added a bit of further info to the above post, but when hitting save changes, nothing is happening, it is just sitting there...fwiw..b.ps it appears now...b...i have deleted the info the video is no longer available..sorry bout that..b

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CBS' obituary failed to mention the single-bullet theory. http://www.cbsnews.c...n-specter-dies/


Paragraph 3 emphasis mine:

Specter rose to prominence in the 1960s as an aggressive Philadelphia prosecutor
and as an assistant counsel to the Warren Commission,
developing the single-bullet theory
that posited just one bullet struck both President Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally -- an assumption critical to the argument that presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The theory remains controversial and was the focus of Oliver Stone's 1991 movie "JFK."
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The middle part of the discussion at the link below includes a thorough dissection of whether or not Arlen Specter lied when pushing his single-bullet theory.


The evidence is clear that he did. We can only hope he told someone--perhaps his son Shanin--why.

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Guest Robert Morrow

Arlen Specter was deep into a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice in the investigation of JFK assassination. I will remember Specter most for the criminal intimidation tactics he used on Jean Hill, who from 11/22/63 onward said their were 4-6 shots, which strongly supported a "conspiracy." Specter said he could throw Jean Hill into a mental hospital if she did not change or story. He also brought up her affair in an attempt to intimida and bully her.


In Dallas Texas on November 22, 1963, two women, Jean Hill and Mary Moorman were standing on the south side of Elm Street in Dealey Plaza as Kennedy's motorcade passed. They were two of the closest eyewitnesses to President Kennedy when he was struck with the fatal head shot. Jean Hill would later be interviewed by Warren Commission attorney Arlen Specter. She recounts her experience with journalist Jim Marrs:

"The FBI took me to Parkland Hospital. I had no idea what I was doing there. They escorted me through a labyrinth of corridors and up to one of the top floors of Parkland. I didn't know where we were. They took me into this little room where I met Arlen Specter. He talked to me for a few minutes, trying to act real friendly, then this woman, a stenographer, came in and sat behind me. He had told me that this interview would be confidential, then I looked around and this woman was taking notes. I reminded him that the discussion was to be private and he told the woman to put down her notebook, which she did. But when I looked around again she was writing. I got mad and told Specter, 'You lied to me. I want this over.' He asked me why I wouldn't come to Washington, and I said, 'Because I want to stay alive.' He asked why I would think that I was in danger and I replied, 'Well, if they can kill the President, they can certainly get me!' He replied that they already had the man that did it and I told him, 'No, you don't!'

He kept trying to get me to change my story, particularly regarding the number of shots. He said I had been told how many shots there were and I figured he was talking about what the Secret Service told me right after the assassination. His inflection and attitude was that I knew what I was supposed to be saying, why wouldn't I just say it. I asked him, 'Look, do you want the truth or just what you want me to say?' He said he wanted the truth, so I said, 'The truth is that I heard between four and six shots.' I told him, 'I'm not going to lie for you.' So he starts talking off the record. He told me about my life, my family, and even mentioned that my marriage was in trouble. I said, 'What's the point of interviewing me if you already know everything about me?' He got angrier and finally told me, 'Look, we can even make you look as crazy as Marguerite Oswald [Lee Oswald's mother] and everybody knows how crazy she is. We could have you put in a mental institution if you don't cooperate with us.' I knew he was trying to intimidate me....

He finally gave me his word that the interview would not be published unless I approved what was written. But they never gave me the chance to read it or approve it. When I finally read my testimony as published by the Warren Commission, I knew it was a fabrication from the first line. After that ordeal at Parkland Hospital, they wrote that my deposition was taken at the U.S. attorney's office in the Post Office Building."

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The obits seem more concerned about his questioning of Anita Hill than his single-bullet theory.

This is what Gerald McKnight said about Specter in his book, Breach of Trust (2005):

Despite the report's guarded language it was absolutely essential to the Commission's conclusion that a lone gunman firing from above and to the rear of the motorcade had killed President Kennedy and that JFK and Connally had been hit by the same bullet. The time constraints and the mechanical features of the alleged murder rifle required that CE 399 had inflicted all seven nonfatal wounds on Kennedy and Connally. Otherwise, at least one other rifle and a second gunman were necessary to account for all of the victims' wounds.

The career assigned to this single bullet was little short of fabulous. According to the report, CE 399 hit JFK in the back of the neck, then passed through the neck without striking any hard object and emerged at the front of his throat. It then entered Connally in the back of the right armpit and slid along his fifth rib, demolishing four inches of the rib before it exited the chest below the right nipple. The bullet then allegedly struck and shattered the radius of Connally's right wrist, one of the hardest bones in the body, located just above the wrist on the dorsal side, then exited at the base of his palm and entered his left thigh just above the knee. CE 399 then traveled about three inches beneath the surface of the thigh, hit the femur, and deposited a lead fragment on the bone. Some time later, with a spasm of re¬verse kinetic energy, it spontaneously exited the hole in Connally's thigh and neatly tucked itself under the mattress of a stretcher parked in a hallway of the Parkland Memorial Hospital that the report asserted was linked to the wounded governor.

Critics of the Warren Commission Report were quick to mockingly dub CE 399 the "magic bullet." They pointed to the fact that after allegedly producing seven wounds, most notably the shattering of Connally's fifth rib bone and the radius of his right wrist, CE 399 was, in the report's own words, "slightly flattened but otherwise unmutilated." CE 399 was turned over to the FBI. It was the bureau's firearms expert, Robert A. Frazier, who identified it as a full-metal-jacketed, military-type bullet weighing 158.6 grains. Frazier testified before the Commission that the original weight of a 6.5-mm bullet, unfired or pristine, was on average about 160 to 161 grains.


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Posted by Barry Keane..in 2007...Thankyou...b

When you consider Warren Commission exhibits 385,386 and 388 ( The Rydberg Drawings)were the only visual account of JFK's wounds the public were allowed to see for many years, the text of a memo Specter sent to J.Lee Rankin in April 1964,shows amazing foresite by Specter.


April 30, 1964

TO: Mr. J. Lee Rankin

FROM: Arlen Specter

SUBJECT: Autopsy Photographs and X-rays of President John F. Kennedy

In my opinion it is indispensable that we obtain the photographs and x-rays of President Kennedy's autopsy for the following reasons:

1. THE COMMISSION SHOULD DETERMINE WITH CERTAINTY WHETHER THE SHOTS CAME FROM THE REAR. Someone from the Commission should review the films to corroborate the autopsy surgeons' testimony that the holes on the President's back and head had the characteristics of points of entry. None of the doctors at Parkland Hospital in Dallas observed the hole in the President's back or the small hole in the lower portion of his head.

With all the outstanding controversy about the direction of the shots, there must be independent viewings of the films to verify testimony which has come only from Government doctors.

2. THE COMMISSION SHOULD DETERMINE WITH CERTAINTY WHETHER THE SHOTS CAME FROM ABOVE. It is essential for the Commission to know precisely the location of the bullet wound on the President's back so that the angle may be calculated. The artist's drawing prepared at Bethesda (Commission Exhibit #385) shows a slight angle of declination.

It is hard, if not impossible, to explain such a slight angle of decline unless the President was farther down Elm Street than we have heretofore believed.

Before coming to any conclusion on this, the angles will have to be calculated at the scene; and for this, the exact point of entry should be known.


Commission Exhibits Nos. 385, 386, and 388 were made from the recollections of the autopsy surgeons as told to the artist.

Some day someone may compare the films with the artist's drawings and find a significant error which might substantially affect the essential testimony and the Commission's conclusions.

In any event, the Commission should not rely on hazy recollections, especially in view of the statement in the autopsy report (Commission Exhibit #387) that:

"The complexity of those fractures and the fragments thus produced

tax safisfactory verbal description and are better appreciated in the photographs and roentgenograms which are prepared."

When Inspector Kelly talked to Attorney General Kennedy, he most probably did not fully understand all the reasons for viewing the films. According to Inspector Kelly, the Attorney General did not categorically decline to make them available, but only wanted to be satisfied that they were really necessary. I suggest that the Commission transmit to the Attorney General its reasons for wanting the films and the assurances that they will be viewed only by the absolute minimum number of people from the Commission for the sole purpose of corroborating (or correcting) the artist's drawings, with the film not to become a part of the Commission's records.

The Truth Will Out

« Last Edit: January 28, 2007, 04:23 PM by Barry Keane

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FD-302 Reports Prepared by SA Sibert & SA O'Neill



He was a believer that there was no conspiracy, and that LHO acted alone: But....

"That single bullet theory...when they had me come up to the ARRB deposition at College Park, I said 'Well, before I come up there, I want you to know one thing. I am not an advocate of the single bullet theory.

I stood there two feet from where that bullet wound was in the back, the one they eventually moved up to the base of the neck. I was there when Boswell made his face sheet, and located that wound exactly as we described it in the FD 302...

.........So there is no way that a bullet could have gone in that low then rise up and come out the front of the neck, zig zag and hit Connally..."

"They said there was no exit--that back wound. When I came back and told them about a bullet found on the stretcher, he...(Humes) jumped right on that and said the bullet went in a short distance and the cardiac manipulation on his chest, it fell out on the stretcher.

Now that is what we left there with that night. The rest of this stuff was all conspired, as I see it, after Saturday morning when they talked to Parkland and realized there was a bullet wound in the anterior neck.

He(Humes) said he realized that in talking to them, it was easy to understand how that came through and didn't hit any bone and exited out through the throat. Well, it was nothing like that at the time(of the autopsy). That was all developed after we left."

James Sibert...

Comments were made by James Sibert during interviews with William Law.

From ""In the Eye of History"", William Law & Allan Eaglesham's book ...

HSCA Report, Volume V! ..Recovered Bullet During JFK Autopsy......


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I had hoped he'd live to be indicted. Well maybe not that, but at least have the truth come out about what he was.

I had hoped he'd live to be indicted. Well maybe not that, but at least have the truth come out about what he was.

Oh and speaking of "be[ing] indicted" there is a long unanswered question for you about indictments on the "The Danger of Conspiracy Theories" thread (see the last page)

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