1. SINGLE-BULLET THEORY
Proponents: A 4-3
majority of the Warren Commission (see chart). And most
Commission lawyers, notably Arlen Specter, who developed
the theory in March, 1964, and Norman Redlich, who advocated
it as the only alternative to a two-assassin theory.
Thesis: The first
bullet wounded both Kennedy and Connally. A second bullet
hit Kennedy in the head and killed him. Another bullet missed
the car entirely and was never found.
Selling Point: This
is the only theory that explains the assassination in terms
of a single assassin. Why? Because films of the assassination
show that a maximum of only 1.8 seconds could have elapsed
between the earliest point at which Kennedy was first hit
and the latest point at which Connally was first hit. Since
the bolt of the murder rifle cannot be operated in less
than 2.3 seconds, it could not possibly have been fired
twice during the time in which both men were hit. Either
both men were hit by the same bullet or there were two assassins.
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