The President Kennedy Assassination
Friday, November 22, 1963

6° - "Origin of the Frontal Head Shot"

Most supporters of the plot are convinced that the fatal head shot was fired from behind the picket fence on the grassy knoll. I have never agreed with this hypothesis because a bullet fired from any place of this picket fence would have exited the left side of JFK's head, and not the right rear.

"The Moorman Photo"

In this photograph taken from the side of Elm Street at the moment of the fatal head shot, one can note that the different shot angles between the two red lines do not agree with an exit hole in the right rear area of JFK's head. The only possible location which can explain that the right rear of JFK's head was blown off by a frontal shot is the parking lot located in the south end of Dealey Plaza, that I shall name the south parking lot. 

 "Fatal Head Shot from South Parking Lot"

This time, the red line shows the trajectory of the fatal head shot fired from the south knoll which is totally consistent with a bullet entering the top of the right side of JFK's forehead at the hairline and exiting the right rear part of his head.

As to the bullet trajectory on the lateral plan, the best is to refer to JFK's head orientation at Z-frame 312 which is about 115/116 degrees from Zapruder. Thus, as the axis of the head wound is almost parallel to the axis of JFK's head, one can locate the shooter in the east end of the south parking lot.

"Fatal Head Shot - Shooter Location"

Under these conditions, I have estimated that the bullet could pass on the left of the driver, especially as he had turned to JFK, and under the chrome bar. Furthermore, I marked in the official limo drawing the exact position of the Connallys, Jackie Kennedy and JFK at the moment of the fatal head shot. One can thus note that Jackie Kennedy even though she was near her husband was not in the line of fire. As to John Connally who was collapsing into the arms of his wife, he was not an obstacle for the shooter.

"Fatal Head Shot Trajectory"

As convincing proof, I shall add that James Chaney, the first motorcycle cop riding to the right rear of the limo, said that he had been spattered with JFK's blood on the left shoulder.

To summarize: before the fatal head shot, the limo is always driving very slowly. At Z-frame 313 the distance between JFK and the south parking lot sniper is 283 feet at the most, which is nothing for a good shooter. The fact is that this shooter does not miss his target. The bullet hits JFK in the top of the right side of his forehead, explodes the right rear part of his skull, projects blood on Chaney, the first motorcycle cop riding to the right rear of the limo, and brain matter on the trunk, but also Hargis, the second motorcycle cop riding to the left rear, because of the fact that JFK's head is violently thrown backwards and to the left.

From a kinetic point of view, the movement of JFK's head can be compared to the one of a pool ball which goes diagonally backwards and to the right when you strike it on the left edge.

Statement of Robert "Tosh" Plumlee:

Robert "Tosh" Plumlee stated that he had the impression of four or five rifle shots, with one being from behind and to his left as he stood below the south parking lot with a friend of him. While both men were leaving via the south side of the triple underpass, they smelled gunpowder coming from this location.

Finally, concerning the downward movement of JFK's head that one can note between Z-frames 312 and 313 I maintain that it is too minor for being the result of a shot fired from the eastern window of the TSBD 6th floor, as the supporters of the official thesis claim it. Note that this movement is so tiny that it is only visible in slow motion.

"Animation of Z-frames 312 & 313"

For me, this movement is due to the downward trajectory of the shot from this spot and the position of JFK's head which was turned to the south parking lot and directly in line with the shooter.

The bullet slightly lowers JFK's head because this one is tilted downward and throws it backwards to the left because this bullet strikes the top of his right temple. Note that this downward movement of about two inches is restricted to JFK's head while his torso is thrown backwards from Z-frame 313.

As for the blow out of JFK's right temple, it has to know that a bullet entering a head is violently slowed by the skull and the density of the brain. This rapid deceleration transfers a strong kinetic energy to the surrounding tissue and in particular the less ressistant parts. That is why the low part of the parietal bone of JFK's skull moved at right angle from the bullet entry, located above the right eye of JFK and at the hairline. That is also why a rear shot would have caused more damage in the top of JFK's skull than just a small bullet hole, as the official thesis claims it.

"JFK's Head Wound Drawing"

Except the entry wound which was higher at the hairline and not above the eye, this drawing of JFK's head wound gives a fairly good idea of the bullet trajectory and the exit wound in the right rear which was noted by about thirty persons.

Furthermore, only a frontal shot having this axis could generate a projection cone of brain matter going from the first motorcycle cop riding to the right rear of the limo to the first motorcycle cop riding to the left rear, and projected a portion of JFK's brain on the limo trunk.

After having posted my website in December 2009, I heard that a certain Sherry Fiester thought the same. At that time, we were only two to support this point of view which is now shared by more and more people. 

I suggest reading the book written by Sherry Fiester Enemy of the Truth. By using the most recent forensic studies and trajectory reconstruction techniques, Sherry debunks the myths that still surround JFK's assassination and conclusively invalidates the single bullet theory.