The Sixth And Fatal Shot Analysis

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“The sixth and fatal shot…takes Kennedy in the head from the front. This is the key shot. The president going back to his left. Shot from the front and right. Totally inconsistent with the shot from the depository. Again... back and to the left...” (Stone). If John F. Kennedy’s body went “back and to the left”, did the fatal shot come from the book depository or the grassy knoll? If not, why did his body go backward? The conspiracist, Jack Duffy, believes that Lee H. Oswald could not have possibly have time to kill the president and to be in the lunchroom at 12:15 p.m. (Duffy 46). Mr. Duffy does not believe in the lone gunman, but rather that someone shot the president from the grassy knoll. The sceptic, David Reitzes, is an author who writes …show more content…
Firstly, Jack Duffy bases his argument on experts who, the day of the event, were under stress and pressure to keep John Fitzgerald Kennedy alive. Doctors such as Robert McClelland and Charles Crenshaw were trying to guess which wound was the exit wound or the entry wound and at the same time were trying to keep him alive. And secondly, David Reitzes based his arguments on strong studies such as the Journal of the American Medical Association’s and the Rockefeller Commission and on people who studied physics all their careers such as Drs. Spitz, Linderberg and Hodges. They were not under stress of security, they were only demonstrating their knowledges on the subject and were also trained to do their jobs with an objective point of view. This is why I estimate that David Reitzes’ argument is more reliable than Jack Duffy’s. My response to Jack Duffy’s argument is that it could be possible if further information was released, but my understandings of the event is that there was probably no conspiracy about the orientation of the fatal shot. The Parkland doctor’s testimonies are a part of Jack Duffy’s argument that weakens my position, because they were trained to evaluate, with a objective point of view, the anatomy of their patients. The problem with the Parkland doctor’s testimonies is that they were under pressure of superiors and were part …show more content…
In contrast, David Reitzes believes that JFK’s “back and to the left” body movement was caused by a shot that came from the book depositary and also by a seizure-like neuromuscular reaction. Mr. Duffy affirms his belief of a conspiracy theory with different reasons such as Parkland doctors’ testimonies and with Paul Chambers study of the JFK’s head shot. David Reitzes belief that the backwards movement is due to a physic concept is explained by various reasons such as a study that shows the contradiction in the Parkland doctors’ testimonies and with the physic behind the backward movement of the president’s body. My suggestion to the United States government would be to inform the population with clear evidence of what truly happened to JFK’s body when he got shot. This could discourage people to believe in conspiracies that are not based on evidence that have

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