Finding the answer to this tragic triple murder is entering
its third and final phase.
The first phase was the conspiracy era, from the moment of
the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 until 1993.
It was the heyday of writers who realized there was money to be made from
unknowing, sometimes gullible, readers. Little attention was paid to the
The second phase began with the publication of Gerald
Posner’sCase Closed. For the first time, the importance of writing
history correctly was fully appreciated. Although the conspiracy industry
continued to flourish, the maturing of the baby-boom generation caused many to
see through the machinations of conspiracy authors and settle on the more practical,
common-sense and believable single-gunman conclusion. This phase lasted
from 1993 until the present.
Now, the era of conspiracy books is over. The era of
books that simply debunk other theories is over. The era of theories is
We are now embarking upon the third and concluding phase
with Edward Bauer’s new book The Final Truth: Solving the Mystery of
the JFK Assassination. For the first time, theories have been
replaced with real-world experience in rifle marksmanship and film editing, the
two disciplines crucial to solving this mystery. It’s not all
conspiracy. It’s not all lone assassin. It is all
fully substantiated historical reality.
Rather that start from scratch, The Final Truth begins
where others left off. It takes as given what previous researchers have
proven and goes from there. It doesn’t waste the reader’s time with
topics that have been written about many times before or with issues that don’t
directly help solve this mystery. While other books continue to argue
conspiracy-or-Oswald, this work goes beyond that and as a result breaks more
new ground than any other work on the subject. It scientifically yet
engagingly resolves more than 16 popular mysteries that even the Warren
Commission failed to explain.
The Final Truth is perfect for those who want a
relatively short, informal, easy-to-read explanation of how— and most
importantly why— these historic events unfolded.
Eight reasons why the first
shot was not fired at or near Z160
1) If Gov. Connally and
Rosemary Willis responded to a rifle blast, why did no one else in these frames
as much as bat an eye? The faster
Connally’s “head snap,” the more certain some of the 63 others in that frame
would have also shown reactions. Yet
there were none. Several frames after
Connally’s turn, 10-year-old Rosemary Willis slowed and stopped running because
her father Phil called her.
2) Career-trained witnesses
testified that the first shot occurred as the limousine was turning from
Houston onto Elm or in the process of completing its turn, about six seconds
earlier than Z160: Secret Service agents Paul Landis and Clint Hill, Chief
Criminal Deputy Allan Sweatt and journalists Robert H. Jackson and Tom C.
Dillard among many others.
3) A tough-to-ignore
plurality of witnesses testified to a significantly greater time interval
between the first two shots and the last two.
We know from the Zapruder film that 4.9 seconds elapsed between the second
shot at Z224 and the third at Z313. Yet
only 3.5 seconds elapsed between Z160 and Z224.
4) The primary rule in firing
for accuracy is that you must first zero (sight-in) your firearm. You don’t just pick up a rifle and start
shooting! Oswald knew from experience
that his Carcano would never hold its zero (remain sighted-in) after being
disassembled and reassembled. He had
learned that lesson by his failure to hit Gen. Walker. A minimum of eight or nine seconds is
required to re-zero with the first shot, placing it much earlier than Z160.
5) Is there any better
explanation for the first shot completely missing the limousine than that it
wasn’t aimed at the car to begin with?
Oswald used the first shot for the indispensable task of zeroing and it
‘missed’ because it was aimed a different target. It created the fresh bullet mark in the south
curb of Main Street.
6) Seven frames were removed
from the Tina Towner film to hide her first-shot camera jiggle, just when the
limousine was making the turn onto Elm Street (after frame T084). And four frames from one and possibly two
different copies of the Zapruder film were spliced out, just before the
President disappeared behind the Stemmons Freeway sign (Z208‒Z211). The FBI had to hide an early first shot. For the good of the country. You might have done the same thing. I would have.
7) As shown in the Secret Service re-enactment film, Oswald was back from
the window to rest the rifle muzzle on the box he placed there for
stability. If he were firing at the
limousine with his first shot, he could not have acquired the target as early
as Z160 without drastically repositioning himself. He could only have fired downrange from that
8) There is no logical reason
to assume that Abe Zapruder’s film captured all three shots. It makes a neat package but it’s just not
factual. Once we learn what Oswald
already knew, the need to zero his re-assembled Carcano to achieve the required
accuracy, it becomes clear why the first shot was fired and therefore when it
The Final Truth: Solving the Mystery of the JFK