New JFK Assassination Study Says It's Finally Solved the Grassy Knoll Mystery
By now, most of us know the major events: Kennedy was riding through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, in the presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963 and Lee Harvey Oswald was in the window of the Texas School Book Depository Building.
At 12:29 PM, the motorcade passed by the Depository Building and Oswald took his first shot, which missed. At that point, some guy opened a black umbrella, which spurred its own conspiracy theory. A few seconds later, Oswald shot Kennedy in the neck...and then things get a little muddy.
According to "the grassy knoll theory," a third shot was fired not by Oswald, but by a second assassin on a nearby grassy knoll.
The key evidence is supposedly that Kennedy's head jerks backward and to the left, suggesting that he was shot from the front, not from behind (where Oswald was positioned).
Theories abound about who was responsible: the Soviets, the Cubans, the CIA, and the Mafia have all been suggested, but the official investigation into the assassination found no evidence that Oswald was working with anybody, and dismissed the grassy knoll theory entirely.
Well, it looks like we've got a definitive answer now, thanks to Dr. Nicholas Nalli.
He's completed the first exhaustive study of that backwards head jerk, and determined based on "bullet mass, speed, and autopsy measurements" that the movement was consistent with a bullet fired from Oswald's rifle. The jerking movement, he says, wasn't caused by the impact, it was caused by the recoil—the bullet was indeed fired from behind, but Kennedy's head snapped back once it entered his skull.
According to Nalli:
"I found that the Zapruder film shows President Kennedy being shot from behind and not from the infamous grassy knoll, in corroboration of the official autopsy findings—that's the only 'smoking gun' in the film. The historical fact of the matter is that the US federal government investigations were comprised of upstanding civil servants of high ethical standards who, in spite of difficult circumstances, by-and-large got the basics of the case correct."
Well, at least that's been settled once and for all...right?