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Old 02-10-2003, 01:26 PM
Earl Snake-Hips Tucker Earl Snake-Hips Tucker is offline
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Was the bullet from JFK's fatal head shot ever recovered?

Not an invitation for conspiracy adherents to "prove" their point--just a simple "yes" or "no." The person who "borrowed" my Case Closed several years ago never returned it--and I don't remember what it said.
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Old 02-10-2003, 01:46 PM
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Fragments only. The bullet disintegrated as a result of the impact. Here is a drawing of the distribution of of bullet fragments inside the president's skull.
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Old 02-10-2003, 01:57 PM
Earl Snake-Hips Tucker Earl Snake-Hips Tucker is offline
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OK. Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:07 PM
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From the autopsy report:
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Roentgenograms [X-rays] of the skull reveal multiple minute metallic fragments along a line corresponding with a line joining the above described small occipital [back of skull] wound and the right supra-orbital [above the eye] ridge. From the surface of the disrupted right cerebral cortex two small irregularly shaped fragments of metal are recovered. These measure 7 x 2 mm. and 3 x 1 mm. These are placed in the custody of Agents Francis X. O'Neill, Jr. and James W. Sibert, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who executed a receipt therefor (attached).
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:21 PM
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From the Warren Commission Report:
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After the Presidential car was returned to Washington on November 22, 1963, Secret Service agents found two bullet fragments in the front seat. One fragment, found on the seat beside the driver, weight 44.6 grams and consisted of the nose portion of a bullet. The other fragment, found along the right side of the front seat, weight 21.0 grains and consisted of the base portion of a bullet. During the course of an examination on November 23, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation found three small lead particles, weighing between seven-tenths and nine-tenths fo a grain each, on the rug underneat the left jump seat which had been occupied by Mrs. Connally.
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At a different location in Dealey Plaza, the evidence indicated that a bullet fragment did hit the street. James T. Tague, who got out of his car to watch the motorcade from a position between Commerce and Main Streets near the Triple Underpass, was hit on the cheek by an object during the shooting. Within a few minutes Tague reported this to Deputy Sheriff Eddy R. Walthers, who was examining the area to see if any bullets had struck the turf. Walthers immediately started to search where Tague had been standing and located a place on the south curb of Main Street where it appeared a bullet had hit the cement. According to Tague, "There was a mark quite obviously that was a bullet, and it was very fresh." . . . Scientific examination of the mark on the south curb of Main Stret by FBI experts disclosed metal smears which "were spectrographically determined to be essentially lead with a trace of antimony."
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:22 PM
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Geeee considering that there were evidence of bullet fragments in JFK's head (whose brain became missing BTW) then it kinda poses a connundrum to the fact that the pristine bullet revovered besides Connally at the hospital is officially the one bullet that both killed Kennedy and wounded Connally.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:28 PM
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No, the bullet recovered at Parkland Hospital was not believed to be the bullet that killed President Kennedy. That bullet was believed to have caused President Kennedy thoracic (neck and throat) wounds. Read before you write.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:33 PM
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The bullet that turned up on Conolly's strecther (the fabled "magic bullet") wasn't the last bullet that passed through Kennedy's head, it was the second bullet that entered under his shoulderblade, came out near his neck, went through Conolly's torso, through his wrist, and embedded in his leg. Some said that even passing through his wrist would have deformed the bullet considerably, but they weren't taking into account that the bullet's velocity would have been slowed considerably by passing through two torsos.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:50 PM
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The entry wound on Governor Connally's back shows that the bullet was tumbling at that point, and entered his flesh lengthwise, not nose first, indicating that the bullet had already hit something else in its path, which in turns suggests the bullet was also not moving at a high velocity when it entered Connally. And the fact that the bullet was tumbling lengthwise through Connally also explains the type of damage to the bullet: it is flattened lengthwise, not nose to end. It's not a "pristine" bullet, especially if you view it on end, where you can see the flattening.
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:51 PM
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Geeee considering that there were evidence of bullet fragments in JFK's head (whose brain became missing BTW) then it kinda poses a connundrum to the fact that the pristine bullet revovered besides Connally at the hospital is officially the one bullet that both killed Kennedy and wounded Connally.
Evidence indicates that JFK's brain probably was returned, by family members, to his grave at Arlington Cemetery. Autopsy materials were under control of the Kennedy family anyway.

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Old 02-10-2003, 03:38 PM
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I'm glad the OP mentioned this book. The others who debunk the nonsense about "magic bullets" probably have read it as well. Everyone else should read the chapter on the "pristine" bullet in Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, by Gerald Posner.

Of course, true conspiracy buffs will want to dispute Posner in any case, but at least they'll know the level of the bar they have to get over.
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Old 02-10-2003, 03:53 PM
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Photos of the bullet found on the stretcher at Parkland Hospital: on end and lengthwise.
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Old 02-10-2003, 06:35 PM
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Another fragment apparently hit a bystander
It most likely wasn't a fragment of the bullet that hit Mr. Tague. It was more likely a fragment of the cement impacted in your quote. This is most likely Oswald's first shot, deflected by the trees that obscured his view when it was fired, and never recovered. The second shot is the "magic" bullet recovered at Parkland, and the third is the one that disintegrated on impact with the president's head.
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