Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, A ballistics expert's astonishing discovery of the fatal bullet that Oswald did not fire

By Bonar Menninger

In 1967, a Baltimore guy named Howard Donahue all started investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Like numerous american citizens, Donahue was once thinking about the occasions in Dallas. yet what separated him from different novice sleuths, or even the Warren fee specialists, was once a lifetime's adventure with weapons and ballistics. within the years forward, those attributes, plus bulldoglike tenacity, could hold Donahue on a spellbinding trip again to that tragic day in 1963. because of his figuring out of ballistics--and a few striking luck--Donahue was once in a position to spot discrepancies within the proof that were overlooked either by way of the Warren fee specialists and through critics of the Commission's file. So he stored digging, attempting to comprehend. and at last Donahue pieced jointly the proof and got here to a surprising end: Lee Harvey Oswald couldn't have fired the shot that shattered Kennedy's cranium, and, in Donahue's judgment, just one different individual can have. He was once confident he knew who pulled the set off, and why this savage irony had remained buried for therefore lengthy. In Mortal errors, Bonar Menninger chronicles Donahue's twenty-five-year research of President Kennedy's loss of life and the lovely revelation it led him to. In crisp, rapid-fire prose, Menninger relates one of many maximum true-life detective tales ever informed. extra vital, he deals options to questions that experience haunted the United States for almost thirty years.

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Donahue wanted extra info. He’d already concluded that the slug—by advantage of its disintegration on impact—showed all of the features of a small-caliber, high-velocity, soft-nosed around. yet what concerning the Warren Commission’s try out firings? Did the Carcano try bullets collapse in a similar way? Donahue didn’t imagine so. The health care professional who’d carried out the wrong research of the only bullet theory—the pictures via goat meat and cadavers—Dr. Alfred Olivier up on the Army’s Edgewood Arsenal, he’d performed the head-shot exams to boot. What can be realized from Olivier? within the spring of 1969, Donahue made a mobilephone name to Edgewood. fortunately, Olivier used to be nonetheless hired there. Donahue received Olivier at the line and, with out going into aspect, defined that he used to be a guns specialist who’d been investigating the assassination. He stated he’d be very attracted to seeing the result of Olivier’s head-shot try out firings firsthand. would it not be attainable to come back and stopover at him? Olivier stated he didn’t see why now not, and the 2 set an appointment for the subsequent week. Edgewood Arsenal is found an hour or so north of Baltimore at the seashores of the Chesapeake Bay. The compound is a part of the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Grounds, a sprawling facility the place within the Nineteen Sixties the tools of war—everything from artillery rounds to napalm—were proven and subtle. Olivier used to be a veterinarian via education and liable for learning the results of gunshots on animals within the arsenal’s wound ballistics lab. three Donahue stumbled on Olivier to be a pleasant guy with graying hair and wire-rimmed glasses. the lads exchanged pleasantries. Donahue requested in regards to the doctor’s makes an attempt to replicate the President’s head wound. Olivier defined he had test-fired Carcano rounds into ten human skulls jam-packed with gelatin. The gelatin simulated the human mind. * “Did the bullets get a divorce? ” Donahue requested. “Yes, they did,” Olivier spoke back. “How gigantic have been the fragments? I suggest . . . what percentage have been there? ” “Well, in each one case, i'll locate simply or 3 huge fragments, yet jointly they looked as if it would account for the majority of the bullet’s mass. ” “So, the bullets didn’t fall apart or explode, so far as you may see? ” Donahue requested. “No,” Olivier answered, “they didn't. ” Donahue requested if any of those fragments had by some means been deposited at the outdoor desk of the cranium. The ricochet wound . . . “No,” Olivier acknowledged. “Actually, i've got the skulls right here. I introduced them out in anticipation of your stopover at. do you want to determine them? ” Olivier begun pulling human skulls out of 2 plastic luggage. Donahue fast made a psychological notice. Olivier had evidently fired his pictures into the skulls a bit of above and to the suitable of the occipital protuberance—the spot Humes had misidentified because the front wound in Kennedy’s cranium. Predictably, the ensuing go out wounds have been nowhere with reference to the place Kennedy’s go out wound used to be situated. so much have been within the face of the cranium; shattering the bones within the brow sector. Olivier went directly to country that of the 10 try skulls just one had fallen off the rostrum he’d put them on whilst he fired.

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