DALLAS, TEXAS, 11-22-63 with update
***UPDATE: If you missed the first broadcast at 3 EST, you really missed a great show. I think it was the best interview to date. You can hear the rebroadcast at 9 PM EST by using the link at the bottom of this post.
43 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was gunned down in Dallas, Texas, while riding in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza.
On today's Constitutional Public Radio, Mark and Andrea will be revisiting that day and interviewing one of the medical experts who played a major role in Congress' 1978 investigation.
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht was called on to testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He argued against the theory that Kennedy was shot by a lone gunman from the Texas School Book Depository, a finding that the Warren Commission embraced. It was partly as a result of Wecht's testimony that the final report stated that:
"the committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy."
Because of that conclusion, it could be said that the Warren Commission's final report was incorrect, or worse, a fabrication. Wecht attacks the Warren Report on many levels, but his main focus was on the single-bullet theory; a theory that was created (invented) by Arlen Specter.
Read Dr. Wecht's testimony to the HSCA here. (I'm sure Dr. Wecht will discuss the neck wound on today's show. It's a key item in the case)
Information on just about EVERYONE involved in this murder, click here. You probably don't remember this woman, but she was one of the most interesting figures involved in the investigation. She was one of the people who decided to commit suicide, so the report says. As a young child, I remember watching her on tv. I had no idea she was wrapped up in this story until years later. Mark and Andrea probably remember her.
Many books have been written about the assassination, however, none to my knowledge were ever kept out of this country until many years had passed. For background on a book like that, click here. To read the book, click here. I first learned of this book in 1978 but couldn't obtain a copy at that time because I was told it was probably out of print. I remember this book because a retired CIA agent told my poli-sci lab about it while he was lecturing at my college in Monterey. No one in the class will ever forget what he told us, and because of his lecture, I never lost interest in this case.
Many people suggest that the media in the United States and abroad were manipulating this story (and still are) in an effort to confuse the public, to hide certain facts, or to just paint a picture the government wants you to see. I don't know what to tell you, so just click here. With all the talk of media bias, one must wonder if this isn't happening today. Just a thought.
Dan Rather was on the job in Dallas that day, too, doing what he does best:
CBS News Southern bureau chief Dan Rather was one of the few reporters to see the Abraham Zapruder film on Monday afternoon, November 25. In his narration of the film as part of CBS nationwide television coverage that day, Rather said the President's head "went forward with considerable violence." This narration confirmed the so-called "Oswald position" for the nation, but he said nothing about the violent backward motion of the President's head which would have suggested a second gunman to conspiracy believers. Rather apologized later in 1970s when the Zapruder film was shown on television by saying it was "an honest error." Some things never change, do they?
Unless you were Dan Rather, you didn't get to see the Zapruder film until March of 1975, when Geraldo Rivera showed it to the American public for the first time on his nightly tv show. 12 years after the fact? That begs another question. Prior to 1975, the American public saw "still" frames from the film in magazines, books, and newspapers.
Live Cam in Dealey Plaza from the sixth floor window.
Just for fun, read Jim Garrison's 1976 Playboy interview. This man went through the wringer, and then some.
Someone once said, "The best way to believe the Warren Report is to not read it at all."