Friday, July 22, 2016

Here is an interesting observation by Mike Rivero of about John Connally in the Altgens photo which I missed.

As you can see, Connally is turned 90 degrees. That's a big turn. So, how did he turn all that way after being shot? Doesn't it seem like a lot of movement for a guy who has been shot in the chest and traversed with a bullet? 

First note that it is presumed that Connally was partially turned when he got shot. And that comes from the Zapruder film. In frame 223, we get our first look at Connally, and he's turned. 

But, he doesn't stay turned. He unturns. By 228, he's facing straight ahead again. 

That's 5/18 second, so a little less than 1/3 second. Could he really reposition himself that much in less than one-third of a second? Me thinks some frames got removed. But, all can agree that he is completely unturned there. 

But then, he suddenly jerks, and it's where many people, including Connally himself and his doctor and yours truly think he was actually hit.

That is a contorted position. That's a clear startled reaction. He's been jolted. And then Connally turns to his right again. To match what we see in the Zapruder film, he has to be turned 90 degrees.

I think that's the best match to Altgens. Most people say 255, but in 255, Jackie's hands are too close together, and Connally is turned too far. 

Notice how her thumbs are practically touching, and Connally seems a little beyond 90 degrees. 

In 255, her thumbs are touching or nearly touching, and you don't see that above. 253 works better for me.

I suppose there isn't much point in quibbling about the difference between two frames. But, the point is that if Connally was shot when behind the freeway sign with a bullet that traversed his chest and then blew up his wrist bone and then entered his thigh, it's a lot of damage all at once. So, how could he move around so much after that? It would mean he started in a rotated position. So, after being shot in all those ways, he unturned himself back to neutral; then started turning again all the way to 90 degrees and beyond? I agree with Mike that it seems like a bit much.

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