PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – On Wednesday it is 60 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while driving through downtown Dallas. It is a historic event that has fueled theories and conspiracies about what happened.
But now, with modern technology, an engineering and animation lab has found something new that they said proves the “single bullet theory” is not scientifically possible.
On November 22, 1963, hundreds lined the streets of Dallas to see JFK and First Lady Jackie O. “The President’s motorcade is now turning from Elm Street and it will be only a matter of minutes before he arrives at Fremont,” said a radio broadcast.
Then one of the country’s most famous tragedies – President Kennedy was shot twice by Lee Harvey Oswald. “It appears that something has happened on the cortege route, I repeat, something has happened on the cortege route,” the radio broadcast said. Walter Cronkite went on the air. “President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time,” Cronkite said.
The Warren Commission was tasked with investigating and presenting the findings of the shooting. They found that JFK was shot twice from behind by Lee Harvey Oswald from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository and that the bullet that hit John F. Kennedy in his neck was the same bullet that hit and passed through Texas Governor John Connally, who sat in the passenger seat in front of JFK.
“The analysis we’ve gone through so far is that it can’t be the same bullet. They don’t match,” said Stanley Stoll, CEO of Knott Laboratory. “We can’t get Governor Connally’s position to match. “
Knott Laboratory is a forensic engineering and animation laboratory hired by a former attorney for the Department of Justice to rethink the single bullet theory. They took laser scanners to Dealy Plaza and then brought them back to their computer, and the data they collected from the lasers is tiny dots — millions of them — to make a point cloud.
“It’s a digital twin. It brings the field to your computer. The exact copy of what you would scan,” Stoll said. “Everything used to be two-dimensional, and what you saw on the camera might not be exact. Now you can really analyze it.”
They then took the infamous Zapruder film, which has the clearest video of when John F. Kennedy was shot, and matched it to their point cloud. Everything was going perfectly until the Texas governor was also shot, allegedly by the bullet that went through the president first. “What the investigation is going to show is that they’re not aligned. Governor Connally, his wound sits 6-10 inches against the outside of the vehicle,” Stoll said. “You have to push Governor Connally to the inside of the vehicle; you have to push him to the left to get that adjustment.”
Based on these findings, Stoll said you need to look at a new hypothesis that there was a new orb. The question: from where? A person with inside knowledge of the government’s investigation believes there was also another bullet.
The FBI questioned Sammy “The Bull” Gravano about this after he became a government informant for the Mafia. “I know what it’s like to kill someone,” Gravano said. “You don’t jump and come this way. When you jump and come this way, you were hit in the front with a bullet. Another one.”
“So you think JFK was hit from the front?” asked reporter Briana Whitney. “You can see it,” Gravano said. “It went in, and it’s from the grassy knoll.” Gravano said he was sure. However, there were no mafiosos on the grassy knoll.
Stoll said that while their lab doesn’t know where the second bullet came from, their technology and visualization is ready for ballistics experts to analyze just that. “Okay, this is where our science ends. Now everybody else, law enforcement, investigative, the people who are great at it. Now come in and use our information and see what you think,” Stoll said.
Stoll said the Knott Laboratory welcomes any and all feedback from the public after listening to and seeing their scientific findings and evidence. They are careful to go as far as the science proves without theory or opinion intermingled.
Their lab also hopes that after getting their findings out to the media, they will be able to meet with the federal government about them. We are working on a True Crime Arizona podcast episode about this coming out next week with a lot more details.
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