I watched a really interesting special on The Discovery Channel today, a program titled, “JFK: Beyond the Magic Bullet”. In attempt to clarify the controversy around President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a bevy of forensic specialists, scientists, and experts of many fields which I cannot pronounce studied every aspect of the conspiracy theories linked to JFK’s death.
Generally I don’t watch television, but I couldn’t take my eyes off of this program. The story explained the surmise behind a so-called “Magic Bullet” fired in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald from the sixth floor of a book depository warehouse in Dallas. The bullet evidently passed through President Kennedy’s neck, Governor Connally’s (seated in front of him) chest and wrist and embedded itself in the Governor’s thigh. In doing so, the bullet journeyed through 15 layers of clothing, 7 layers of skin, approximately 15 inches of tissue, struck a tie knot, removed 4 inches of rib and shattered a radius bone – a very unfortunately impressive shot. The question of whether or not Oswald acted alone seemed unresolved, and these “Unsolved History” geniuses were insistent on setting things straight. It’s a story heard a thousand times over, no doubt, but I had to know what “really” went on.
So I watched the entire program, and naturally felt somewhat less and, at the same time more intelligent at the end of it. Less because of the absolutely ridiculously intelligent people on this special that used absolutely unthinkable gadgets and knowledge to support their hypothesis, and more because, well, I felt slightly more fulfilled after watching it than when I watch TLC’s ‘What Not To Wear’ (though, still one of my favorite shows!).
I learned in the end that according to these proclaimed intellectuals and the outrageous and “accurate” simulations of the incident that they performed, it is very well possible that a single bullet fired by one Mr. Oswald could have inflicted all said wounds that day.
And with that, my friends, my moment of being Ms. Historybuff or what-have-you shall end. I do not state the facts, just merely relay them as heard from my friends at The Discovery Channel (whom I might be spending more time with now that I realize the power of their intellect). Sincere apologies if some information has been misconstrued.
Back to Media Writing Land on the 4th floor of the Livingston Lord Library I shall trek, for there are bigger fish that I must fry.
Love to all –