John Hunt Posted May 6, 2006 Share Posted May 6, 2006 Here is one of two attempts by Melvyn Ayton to reconcile the “Official” LAPD damage to the RFK shooting. Wrote Melvyn: Quote On There are a number of possibilities that can be used to explain the trajectories of the shots without resorting to the possibility of a second gun. Remember Thomas Noguchi and Dan Moldea said there was no one who could positively say to a 100% degree of certainty how the bullets travelled. [sic] A ********number of possible explanations, which are contrary to the official version, can account for the paths of the bullets.*********** There were four stray bullets: 1. The bullet that passed through Kennedy's jacket without striking him 2.The through and through bullet that exited from his chest. 3. The bullet that struck the ceiling and exited through one of the ceiling tiles. 4. The bullet that was supposedly lost in the ceiling interspace. In its official inventory of the bullets fired by Sirhan the LAPD claimed that Schrade was wounded by the bullet that went harmlessly through the shoulder pad of RFK's suit. Moldea maintains this is wrong. Moldea believes the first shot hit Paul Schrade. Moldea also believes that the shoulder pad bullet probably struck one of the four shooting victims and this is consistent with the fact that Sirhan's revolver could only fire 8 shots. I believe the following scenario is entirely plausible, although there are other scenarios that could account for the 8 shots - as Vincent Bugliosi said, "If (Wolfer's) report is in error, for whatever reason, then there might be an explanation for some of these things: ricochets, parts of bullets, fragments. This whole notion of a second gun is premised on the assumption (Wolfer's) report is correct." BULLET 1 - Missed Kennedy and struck Paul Schrade in the forehead. BULLET 2 - The shoulder pad shot as RFK was raising his arm - this bullet then possibly hit one of the other four victims after travelling [sic] upwards to the ceiling tiles and ricocheting. The main candidate for this shot is Evans. Evans was bending down at the time of the shooting - the bullet could have ricocheted off the pantry floor then struck Evans in the head. This bullet could account for two of the ceiling tile holes, entry and exit. BULLET 3 - The bullet that hit Kennedy in his right armpit and lodged in the back of his neck. This bullet was recovered. BULLET 4 - The bullet that hit RFK in the mastoid. This was the shot that was fatal. Bullet fragments were recovered. BULLET 5 - The bullet that went through Goldstein's left pant leg without striking him - this bullet could have hit Stroll - the bullet was recovered during surgery. BULLET 6 - The bullet that hit Weisal [sic (The victim’s name was Weisel)] in the abdomen and which was recovered during surgery. BULLET 7 - The bullet that was lost in the ceiling interspace. BULLET 8 - The bullet that hit Goldstein in the thigh and which was recovered. Three ceiling tile holes are accounted for in the above 'scenario'. The alleged bullet holes in the pantry door divider were too small to be made by .22 caliber bullets. [Ayton is 100% wrong here. The small object in the door behind the ***podium*** was too small to have been caused a bullet. No measurements for the size of the holes in the ***pantry*** divider were ever listed. Not once. Ayton just made that up. J.H.] The hole In fact they were not made by bullets at all as Moldea ably demonstrates. Quote Off This is supposed to be Ayton’s “entirely plausible” scenario accounting for the wounds and damage using no more than the 8 shots Sirhan was capable of firing. The trouble is, Ayton’s loose grasp of the RFK assassination evidence is betrayed by several obvious, critical errors, two of which I will outline here. CRITICAL MISTAKE #1 The first (and most embarrassing) error is that Ayton gave us an “entirely plausible" 8 shot scenario…except he FORGOT to account for an ENTIRE wound set; A careful reading of his scenario reveals that Ayton left out the shot that went in RFK's right rear armpit and came out through the front chest!!! Oops!! Ayton Add in the shot Ayton left out and Melvyn just gave us a 9 shot scenario while attempting prove an 8 shot scenario. CRITICAL MISTAKE #2 Wrote Ayton: “BULLET 2 - The shoulder pad shot as RFK was raising his arm – this bullet then possibly hit one of the other four victims after travelling [sic] upwards to the ceiling tiles and ricocheting. The main candidate for this shot is Evans. Evans was bending down at the time of the shooting - the bullet could have ricocheted off the pantry floor then struck Evans in the head. This bullet could account for two of the ceiling tile holes, entry and exit" Ayton’s second critical gaff?? He linked the shot that went into the ceiling and ricocheted back into the pantry with Elizabeth Evans’ headwound. The LAPD ran that trajectory on the night of the assassination and it lead to the divider at a point above everyone’s head. The attached graphic demonstrates the absurdity of Ayton’s RFK SBT shot, with the LAPD version included for reference purposes. Once we divorce the ceiling shot from the Evans shot, we add yet another bullet to Ayton’s “entirely plausible” 8 shot scenario. The brings Melvyn up to 10 shots. Oops!! I posted this same message at alt.assassination.jfk and Ayton never attempted a rebuttal. Dan Moldea and Ken Rahn would not attempt to explain the Moldea scenario using Moldea’s "Schrade Shot" conclusion. Now along comes Melvyn Ayton, who gave it a go. Although he tried to rehabilitate Moldea, laughably, Ayton leaves us with a scenario that demands 10 bullets at a minimum. Now that's rich!! 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