Demolishing The Warren Report

One of my entertainments, from time to time, has been the Kennedy assassination… John Kennedy’s, that is. I’m not particularly a fan of mysteries, but once in a while one of them intrigues me, and this is a good one.

What I’m going to show you today are two images from a CBS News Special Report from 1967, filmed and broadcast because so many people had failed to believe the Warren Report. I’m quite sure they didn’t realize they were making their esteemed report ridiculous, but they did it just the same.

So, let’s take a look.

The View They Showed You

Nearly all of us are familiar with the shots Oswald was supposed to have fired at Kennedy as he drove away from the School Book depository on Elm Street in Dallas. It was a difficult angle, through or around trees, and requiring an especially difficult shooting posture. It also involved a cheap and flimsy rifle.

Here’s an image from the CBS report, showing a marksman attempting to hit a target representing Kennedy as it moved away from him. This was said to be a precise recreation of the scene. This image was just before “the fatal shot.”

Obviously these were difficult shots. In fact, Jesse Ventura, a certified expert marksman and special forces vet, couldn’t remotely pull off the feat… and Oswald was no expert marksman.

The View They Didn’t Show You…

Or at least the view they didn’t show you intentionally.

Here, again from the 1967 CBS report, is Dan Rather sitting in Oswald’s spot at the School Book depository. I’d like you to look at the left side of the photo, over Rather’s right hip. What you’re seeing is Houston Street, the street Kennedy’s motorcade came down immediately before he was shot at and killed. It was a straight one block run, headed directly toward Oswald’s window. And note, please, that the motorcade was traveling very slowly here (they had to take a hard left turn onto Elm immediately in front of the building), that there were no obstructions, and that a shooter in that window would have a perfect downward angle at JFK. It was like shooting fish in a barrel.

Take a look at the two photos again. Which angle would you choose?

In order to pass up the angle from the Rather photo, Oswald would have to be bizarrely incompetent.

What Does This Mean?

This means that if we want to believe the Warren Commission, we must say that Oswald chose to bypass the perfect angle for his shots – an angle that is immediately obvious upon looking out the window – and instead chose a terrible angle… that he preferred to shoot at a faster-moving car rather than a slow-moving car, that he preferred it farther rather than closer, that he wanted it going away from him rather than toward him, that he was happy with more obstructions and shooting from an uncomfortable position.

Again, please look at the photos and ask yourself, “Which angle would I pick?” I think the answer is obvious. And if so, the Warren Report was ridiculous.

What I’m Not Saying

Please notice that I’m not saying who the shooter or shooters were, or who may or may not have put them up to it. I’m saying one thing only: That there’s a huge hole, right at the center of the Warren Commission’s narrative. There is no way that Oswald – or any of us who are sane – would bypass a perfect angle for this deed, one that almost guaranteed success, and instead chose an extremely difficult angle with a poor chance of success. Whatever Lee Oswald was, he wasn’t a mental defective. Look at the footage of him talking to reporters after the assassination: In the midst of an utterly bizarre and existentially threatening situation, he speaks clearly and coherently.

I think it has been a grave error for people to jump to conclusions on this subject. It’s necessary first to deal with the facts we have at hand. Once we’re clear on those we can begin to address the second question of “Who did it?”

Along this line, I very much appreciated two of the earliest books on the subject, Harold Weisberg’s Whitewash and Sylvia Meagher’s Accessories After The Fact. Both were written precisely because the Warren Report was so very bad. (It had many more errors than we’ve covered here.) So, this is the point we need to make first. Afterward we can think about the villains.

And just once more, please take a moment with those two photos and ask yourself which angle you’d choose.


Paul Rosenberg

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5 thoughts on “Demolishing The Warren Report”

  1. Say, Paul, have you by chance watched the documentary of where the focus is on the secret service car behind JFK’s car that supposedly not only someone from that car planted the mystery bullet casing in his limo at the hospital, but also had the agent who is alleged to have been one of the two shots that got him, this one being the one in the back of the head we see in the video? The story is that when the first shot that got JFK in the neck and ricocheted into Connolly the vehicles initially braked, but then began to speed up. This caused the agent standing up in the back seat of the trailing car who was holding a long barrel AK to lunge forward bumping his rifle against the windshield or some other object, causing it to discharge straight into JFK’s head from only feet away. The casing is alleged to have come from that shot which was found in the floorboard of that agent’s vehicle which followed him to the hospital. Can’t remember the name of it (film), but the evidence it presented is so confounding that it makes total sense. Oswald’s bullet supposedly hit first, then the series of events finished him off from the car behind him. The agent has since died so they were not able to interview him, but there are supposedly transcripts from his statements after the shooting they found somewhere that reveal something about this. I’m still looking to see if I can find this documentary again, but for some reason it’s been made hard to find.

    1. Hi Keith,
      That’s a new one to me. My favorite “documentary” is simply the WFAA broadcast from that day… the one that interrupted the regularly scheduled show, and which had the interview with the Newman family, who were mere yards from the event. I’m pretty sure it’s still on YouTube.

  2. Oswald voluntarily went to USSR to start a new life there so there is a big probability that he had some serious intellectual deficits which explains why he didn’t choose the best angle for a shot. Beside if someone wants to just fire a few rapid shots there is no need for best angle. In my opinion hitting Kennedy in the head was just a coincidence not a planned shot

  3. I’m not a trained marksman and never served in the military, but I would imagine that there could be any number of reasons that someone might bypass the “easier shot” in favor of some other shot which looks less favorable: wind direction/speed, potential of collateral damage in the surrounding area, the apparent movement of the target from different angles, sight lines (for the target and his protectors – it would be better if they’re all looking/facing away), lighting, etc.

    The one JFK-assassination theory/story I recently read about that raised my eyebrow had to do with the windshield of the JFK car being destroyed and replaced within hours and before the car was flown back to DC.

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    1. Slight correction: apparently, the limo was shipped to DC the night of the assassination, then to Detroit a couple days later where the original windshield – with some kind of (bullet) hole in it – was removed, copied, and then destroyed. Seems odd, to say the least.

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