At the JFK Assassination Forum online, Joe Elliott linked to my Single Bullet Fact sketch to illustrate that, back in Dallas in 1963, one bullet easily could have passed through President Kennedy’s neck and also wounded Gov. John Connally.
But Conspiracy Theorist Anthony Marsh dismisses Elliott’s point and my “cartoon.” Marsh tells Elliott:
Is this a joke or are you just proving how stupid you are?
You say, “Below is a good Pro SBT [Single Bullet Theory] diagram:” and then you link to the Free Frank cartoon which shows the bullet going through Connally’s THUMB and then his hat.
Are you really so stupid that you think the bullet went through Connally’s THUMB? Show me the hole in his hat.
Plus he has the bullet hitting Connally’s back about halfway to his right armpit whereas the bullet actually hit his right armpit.
Then his bullet exits almost on Connally’s midline whereas his exit wound was about halfway over from the midline just below the nipple. Maybe you’re some freak of nature, but just take off your shirt and check to see if your right nipple is where his line exits.
To sum up Marsh’s points: My “cartoon” is fatally flawed. Elliott is stupid and could be a freak.
Testing the angle. Let me explain a little about my sketch. It wasn’t prepared for a court of law. I started with the bullet angle, as determined by several other studies. It represents the last few feet of the 189-foot trajectory from Lee Harvey Oswald’s sixth-floor perch at the Texas School Book Depository to Kennedy’s Lincoln Continental limousine on Elm Street, Dealey Plaza, at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 22, 1963. I simply was testing whether a single 6.5 millimeter rifle bullet, in that straight line and at that angle, could hit Kennedy’s neck, Connally’s back, Connally’s right hand and Connally’s left thigh.
Generally, the test proved a single bullet could hit all those points.
But Anthony Marsh saw something else in my sketch. He saw the bullet NOT entering close enough to Kennedy’s right arm pit, NOT exiting below Kennedy’s right nipple, and NOT scoring a direct hit on Connally’s right wrist. Fair enough. But it’s remarkable that Marsh couldn’t look at that sketch and imagine for a moment that, if Connally’s position were only slightly altered (well within the Zapruder film margin of error), the bullet would hit all those points precisely. After all, I did point out that Connally’s knees probably were angled more to the right. (Why? Because he would want to be in a position to turn around easily to chat with Kennedy.)
[I]f Connally shifted his knees a little to the right, which he probably did, his left thigh wound is even easier to understand.
Hat without holes. Then there’s the hat. Because I drew it where I did, Anthony Marsh demanded to see a hat bullet hole. Fine, I showed Connally’s hat in the wrong place. We can’t see that Stetson in the Zapruder film until Connally pulls it over, flashing it immediately after he’s hit. So, as Marsh knows, we don’t know exactly how Connally was holding it, and there’s just as good a chance he was holding it over his left arm as in his lap. It was a big hat, after all. (It also would be interesting to see what, if anything, Connally told the Warren Commission about how he was holding that hat.)
NEW, IMPROVED DIAGRAM. So let’s take another look. I sketched this today. It's not a great leap from the original sketch:
Shift Connally’s knees to the right. With that exact same bullet angle, here (above) is a sketch that meets all of Marsh’s touch points. The single bullet lines up well.
A single bullet did inflict all those wounds that day in Dallas. The bullet flew in a straight line, with a little tumbling and a little deflection. Oswald acted alone. Case closed.
Note the civility of this post. Not once did I call Anthony Marsh stupid.