I have always been somewhat fascinated by the culture that has developed around the Kennedy Assassination. This is not because I find the assassination to be extremely compelling, other than as a pivotal historic event, but because it’s become the grandaddy of all conspiracy theorist topics. For forty years the assassination of JFK has had amateurs and professionals pouring over photos and films, interviewing witnesses and creating theories of exactly what happened on that day. Most of the, of course, don’t involve a lone nut with a desperate desire for notoriety and a mail-order rifle.
I have to say that this is one of the most ridiculous and lame theories I have ever heard.
Apparently the idea is that Kennedy was shot from the front, and the bullet, presumably from the same gun that nearly blew his head off, was capable of barely penetrating the soft tissue of the throat, leaving itself in Kennedy’s trachea, or esophagus.. or something. At this point Kennedy tries to cough it up. Why? Well, because swallowing it would cause lead poisoning? I don’t know.
According to the theorist he puts his hand to his mouth to catch it while he coughs it up. Wow. That really goes to show that Kennedy was a polite and civil man all around. Because, personally, I know if I was trying to dislodge a bullet from my throat, I’d have no concern for being polite and covering my mouth. Hell, I’d probably get a loogie right on the back of Governor Connolly’s head.
In reality, Kennedy may be trying to undo his brace. Kennedy had a bad back and wore a brace to help relieve stress on his spine. It also kept him seated up and restricted his movement. He was hit by the first shot shortly before emerging from behind the sign in the Zapruder film and is clearly in distress. The shot entered through his upper back and narrowly missed his spine, coming out just bellow his adam’s apple. He may have been trying to undo his brace and/or shirt to cover the wound. Clearly he was aware he had been hit but the injury did not incapacitate him.
This whole idea is pretty silly, if you ask me.
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