Pure Geometry

Isn’t it a strange world that we live in? It’s one in which everybody knows that smoking causes lung cancer, but nobody seems to know who shot JFK.

Hardened veteran readers will know that the assassination of JFK is one of my many interests (or perhaps obsessions). It’s an event I remember well. And what seems most memorable about it, in retrospect, was that in the Daily Telegraph of the following day, there was a photo of the prime suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, holding a rifle, on the back page.

That didn’t strike me as particularly remarkable at the time, but in retrospect it seems highly remarkable. JFK was assassinated at 12:30 pm Central Standard Time, in Dallas, and so US newspapers had something like 12 hours for their reporters – some of whom were already in Dallas for JFK’s scheduled visit – to interview police officers, witnesses, and so on before they went to press. But 12:30 pm CST is 6:30 pm GMT in the UK, where the Daily Telegraph is published. Almost certainly the Telegraph had no reporters in Dallas. And it had only about 6 hours before the Saturday edition was due to go to press. How on earth did it manage to put together a story, complete with a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald holding a rifle, in just 6 hours, back in that pre-internet era?

The answer, I think, is that they were fed the story from the USA. And the story had to have been ready and waiting almost from the outset, complete with photos of Oswald holding a rifle, to be telegraphed all over the world. And the whole world learned that the president had been assassinated, and his assassin apprehended. The case had opened at 12:30 CST, and it had closed at 14:00 CST, when Oswald was taken into custody.

And that was what I thought too. The case was closed. It wasn’t a whodunnit, because everybody knew it was Oswald whodunnit. And that was what I thought for the next 10 years, until doubts began to surface, largely in response to the emergence of the Zapruder home movie of the assassination.

In fact, despite all the conspiracy theories and doubts and talk about a gunman on the infamous ‘grassy knoll’ beside Elm Street, I carried on thinking that it was Oswald whodunnit. And I had what seemed to me to be an excellent reason for continuing to believe it was Oswald: because he’d picked the best possible sniper’s position, high up on the Texas School Book Depository (where he worked), looking down the path that JFK’s limo was going to take, as it rolled slowly down Elm street away from him. All he had to do, as he fired off a succession of bullets at the back of JFK’s head, was make a slight adjustment in his aim between each shot. By contrast, a shooter on the grassy knoll would have had to have been swinging his rifle rightwards as he tried to keep the sights on JFK (and avoid hitting Jackie Kennedy beside him). No, a gunman behind the picket fence on the grassy knoll would have had to be a trick shot artist like Annie Oakley to have hit JFK. I didn’t believe it.

And that was what I continued to think – for 50 years – until 2013, when I heard of the Storm Drain. My reasoning, as I’ve just stated it, was that the sniper had to be either right behind the moving car, or right in front of it. Anywhere else (including the grassy knoll) was out of the question, because it would mean traversing a rifle from left to right, or from right to left. Oswald, high up in a corner window of the depository, was in the only place where a rifle could be held almost still. And where was there directly in front of the moving car from where a sniper could take aim? There was the triple overpass up ahead, which would have been a good place, but for the fact that there were about a dozen people standing on it, waiting for the motorcade to go under. Any sniper would have been overpowered by them immediately. There was just no place for any sniper. The only place was up where Oswald had his fixed rifle.

In 50 years, I’d never heard of the Storm Drain. But there were several storm drains at the edge of Elm Street, with a slit opening at street level to gather in water, and a chamber behind the opening for the water to fall into, and a manhole in the sidewalk above for access to the chamber.  It was the perfect place for a sniper to lie in wait as the motorcade came down the road towards him. And it was much closer to JFK than Oswald, high up in the Depository window.

It’s purely a question of geometry whether a sniper in the storm drain could get a clear shot at JFK. I addressed the question back in 2013, and thought that he probably could. And didn’t think much more about it.

Until last night, when I started watching a 6-hour YouTube lecture by Douglas P. Horne, who had worked in the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) from August 1995 until September 1998.

I’ve only watched about 2 hours of this fascinating talk. And the gist of what I learned was that more or less all the witnesses in Dallas said that, when he arrived in the hospital shortly after he’d been shot, JFK had a large hole in the back right of his head, and a small hole in the front right of his forehead. He’d been shot from the front. Yet the Warren commission had concluded, some 40 years earlier, that he’d been shot from the back, by Lee Harvey Oswald, high up in the corner of the Depository.

This gave me two holes in JFK’s head. Would a line through these two holes point at the storm drain up ahead? Once again, it’s a purely geometrical problem. But I’d need to know exactly where JFK’s head was, and where it was facing, when the bullet arrived. Careful examination of frame 312 of the Zapruder film (below with superimposed bullet trajectory estimate) suggested that I could probably

make a good estimate if I knew exactly where the sun was, such that it fell on his right right cheek and the lobe of his right ear.

And, using my orbital simulation model, I’ve got a tool which can tell me exactly where the Sun was in the sky over Dallas at 12:30 CST, 22 November 1963. I think there may be just enough information in this photo to make a good estimate of where JFK’s head was, and which way it was facing.

But watching this grisly home movie once again, there occurred to me an awful possibility. JFK was slumping forward and to the left prior to frame 312, after being hit by a previous bullet. But Jackie, it seemed to me, was pushing him back upright. And as she pushed him back upright, she was pushing him back into the line of sight of the sniper in the storm drain. If she’d let him fall forward and leftwards, his head would have dropped out of sight below the side of the car.  He would have arrived at the hospital a few minutes later with only one or two bullets in him. He would have survived. And the Vietnam war would not have started.

It’s not that Jackie intended to kill him, of course. It’s just that what she did may well have ensured that he died. She did the wrong thing. She should have done what Governor Connally’s wife can be seen doing in the seats in front, and pulling her husband down towards her, out of sight – while fearless Jackie was doing the exact opposite with JFK. And Jackie really was utterly fearless.

Anyway, I have a new project for my simulation model. I’m going to have to add a map of Elm Street to its world map. And I’m going to have to mark on it the exact position of the presidential limo at frame 312, and the location of the Zapruder camera, and Oswald with his sniper rifle, and of course the storm drain. I’ll also need the exact dimensions of the presidential limousine, and also JFK himself. And maybe a number of other things as well. And then maybe, just maybe, I might be able to show fairly conclusively (at least to myself) that JFK could – or could not – have been shot from the storm drain. It’s something that’s going to take quite a long time, simply to gather all the necessary data. It’ll take months, for example, just to find out how far above street level was the seat on which JFK was sitting.

But it’s all just geometry. Pure geometry.


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13 Responses to Pure Geometry

  1. Darryl says:

    “The answer, I think, is that they were fed the story from the USA. And the story had to have been ready and waiting almost from the outset, complete with photos of Oswald holding a rifle, to be telegraphed all over the world.”

    The first time I saw the storm drain theory was on an episode of the X files.
    The Christchurch Star newspaper in New Zealand printed an article before Oswald had been charged.



  2. wobbler2012 says:

    Well look at the immediate 9/11 narrative:

    Osama Bin Laden
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    Also the BBC reported that WTC7 had fell 20 minutes before it did for fucks sake. In fact if you see the report the newswoman is saying it has fell when it’s clearly still visible behind her!

    • Joe L. says:

      You beat me to it, Wobbler! I recall watching the twin towers live, before they fell, and if I remember correctly, before even the second plane hit, the reporters were stating that it appeared to be the work of a ‘terrorist mastermind’ such as Osama bin Laden, which I found strange because bin Laden was far from a household name at that point.

      I didn’t learn of the BBC’s preemptive report of the WTC7 collapse until a few years later. That is truly one of the strangest of the many bizarre events that occurred that day.

  3. Well, hopefully we won’t see the headlines in tomorrow’s Daily Mail screaming “House of blogger Frank Davis accidentally bombed in air strike against Syria!”

    – MJM

  4. jaxthefirst says:

    Don’t know if you’ve ever watched this doc, Frank. It’s been around a while, but isn’t tends to get a bit drowned out by all the more rather exciting and mysterious conspiracy theories out there! But this wasn’t one that I’d ever heard before and it makes a lot of sense in view of the gaps and anomalies in the Official Story and also explains, why the real facts were the subject of a cover-up. In essence, it was a c*ck-up of the first order with tragic results, which the Secret Services were reluctant to admit to, because the accidental shot (and that’s all it was – accidental) came from one of their own. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbXQdAVpuL8. Take a look if you haven’t already seen it – might be one worth applying your geometry program to, to see if what they’re saying makes sense. Even without mathematical expertise like yours, it certainly made sense to me – definitely more sense than vanishing CIA agents on grassy knolls and magic bullets!

    • Frank Davis says:

      Yes, I have heard of the theory that the Secret Service accidentally shot JFK. Does this video explore that possibility? The storm drain hypothesis does actually need careful geometry, but the idea that the Secret Service in the car behind shot JFK in the back of the head doesn’t really need any geometry at all.

      There are other theories, of course. Like JFK was shot from inside the car by the driver. It’s amazing how something so seemingly simple and straightforward has now become a vast fiction with multiple dimensions.

      • jaxthefirst says:

        They do do a bit of “reconstructed geometry” in the video but, not being a maths-y person, I don’t know how well it stacks up compared to detailed programs like the one that you use. But as you say, tracking the progress of a bullet from a car right behind JFK’s is less complicated than some models might need to be. What it basically says is that Oswald did fire the first two shots, and did hit JFK, but the huge shot that hit him in the head that everyone knows about came from a different direction – hence so many of the “second shooter” conspiracy theories. There was a second shooter, but it wasn’t a secretly-planned, disappearing CIA agent – it was an under-experience agents (called in just that morning to replace the planned, experienced, agents who were unwell) in the following car who was standing up holding a gun he wasn’t used to using, when the first shot was heard and, not realising that it was primed and ready to fire, accidentally squeezed the trigger when he was thrown off balance by the cars – in response to the sound of shots – accelerating to get away. But take a look at the vid. It makes interesting watching and is certainly a lot less of a convoluted explanation than many of the others out there.

  5. RdM says:

    Anyway, I have a new project for my simulation model. I’m going to have to add a map of Elm Street to its world map. And I’m going to have to mark on it the exact position of the presidential limo at frame 312, and the location of the Zapruder camera, and Oswald with his sniper rifle, and of course the storm drain. I’ll also need the exact dimensions of the presidential limousine, and also JFK himself. And maybe a number of other things as well.

    Before you start on all that, Frank (and maybe waste your time, or spend it unwisely!) may I suggest you look at Miles Mathis’s commentary on this. It’s a large pdf, but I find it compelling.

    His art (and “conspiracy theory” articles at /updates) site seems to be down at the moment, although his science site is still up. (That in itself busts many of the MSM science hype stories.)

    But archive.org still has recent live links, so I’ll assume it’s a temporary thing.
    Please have a look, all of you with interests in the JFK ‘assassination’, at this archived pdf.

    Going beyond all the alternate shooter theories, the whole thing was faked.
    As was the Oswald assassination. So seems his premise.
    Excellent analysis of photographic ‘evidence’. Extensive discussion.
    Honestly, it seems possible. Take your time reading it. It’s a long read, with photos & analysis.
    (Zapruder film mentioned, but I haven’t seen jaxthefirst’s youtube link above yet.)

    Have a look, before you comment or commit to geometry analysis on a possible false trail… (!)

    Toward the end of the pdf:

    “The question remains: why do I feel safe revealing such a “deep and dark secret”? Because the takeover has been so complete and so successful, these people have nothing to fear from you or me.
    We are to the point that people like us can think whatever we like: it just doesn’t matter. There isn’t the faintest possibility of a revolution coming from the American public or American intelligentsia, so harassing people like me is counterproductive. They know that if they messed with me, that would just be giving support to my claims. They don’t respond because they have no need to respond. There is no intelligentsia, so “purging the intelligentsia” is no longer necessary. It is a thing of the past, like cobbling or leechcraft. Or art.

    Let me put it this way: bears fight with other bears and eagles fight with other eagles. But bears and eagles do not go out of their way to fight with caterpillars and butterflies. They have other things to worry about. The trillionaire families are not worry-free, even now, but it is not truth-tellers like me they are worried about. There are very few left who have an ear for the truth. In the past, they were more concerned with maintaining the great lie, but now it is just another thing on the budget, there because it is there. We see that by the way they leak their own stories now, often just for a kick. What started as a serious and necessary enterprise is now just a game.

    They aren’t worried by the truth anymore. No, they are worried about other trillionaire families, and
    maybe occasionally by rogue bankers and ex-Generals. Things can still happen, that is, but they don’t happen from the grassroots—and you don’t hear about them anyway. You will never again hear news of any real event. The only way to know of any such event is to monitor the tremors. To do that, you have to do what I did above: sift a million lies for a grain of truth. Most people aren’t interested enough in the truth to go to the trouble. Most people aren’t interested enough in the truth even if you do all the sifting for them, handing it to them for free.”

    Science site: (also with its own updates section, but start at the start, read at least the preface!)

    Art site (seems down at moment, linked from there:) http://mileswmathis.com/
    So, look at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://mileswmathis.com/updates.html

    Plenty more great “conspiracy theories” articulated there. Enjoy your own browsing!

  6. margo says:

    Has every president who wanted the USA to stop being the mortal enemy of Russia been assassinated?

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