JFK Assassination for Forensic Science
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Lee Harvey Oswald, at 12:25 PM, sits in the Texas book depository building in Dallas, having disguised his rifle with a mounted scope underneath a sheet. The excuse he had made to his coworkers was that he was holding "curtains". The President's Limousine would arrive in approximately four short minutes, and Oswald would have his shot.
Was this rifle bought in your store?
He...just left the rifle right here.
The President's limousine turns the corner of Houston St. and goes unto Elm St. The limo slowly turns into the sight of Oswald, and he steadily prepares to take his first shot. The President waves to the crowd. At exactly 12:30 PM, Oswald takes the first shot and hits Kennedy on the right side of his back, just as the President puts his hand down. The next shot follows shortly after, but this time hits the head of JFK, cracking his skull. The agent riding behind them leaps onto the car, but by then it is too late.
I saw Oswald just before I left to watch the President come by!
The President is rushed immediately to Parkland hospital, where doctors say that the President was "moribund". There was nothing that they could do, so they had begun making funeral arrangements for him immediately after leaving the hospital. Judge Sarah Hughes swore in Lyndon B. Johnson as president. On the morning of November 25th, 1963, John F. Kennedy's funeral was held and over 300,000 people attended, while 500,000 watched at home on their Televisions. America mourned the loss of JFK together, through 4 continues days of live news coverage.
Oswald had left the 6.5 x 52mm Carcano rifle near the "sniper's nest", which is where he shot Kennedy from. A palm print was found on the rifle that matched Oswald along with a carving that indicated the company it was brought from. The rifle was traced back to Oswald again after handwriting analysts confirmed that government documents he'd written on matched with the order for the rifle. Fragments of bullets that hit JFK also came from the same rifle, chemical analysts discovered.
Several witnesses came forward. Many claimed to have seen Oswald in the Texas Depository shortly before the shooting while others claimed to have seen him fleeing from the scene afterwards. These firsthand accounts, combined with the evidence found at the scene, was enough to prove that Oswald was the perpetrator. But he may not have been the only one. Other evidence does suggest that there may have been multiple shooter, mafia involvement, government corruption, and other wild things that may have played a part in this tragedy.
Oswald was brought to the basement of a Dallas police department, where they would ask further questions to gain more knowledge of the situation. Surrounded by camera crew, guards, and officers, Oswald made his way down to the holding cell. A mysterious man had emerged from the crowd of people and pulled out his revolver, fatally shooting Oswald. That man was Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner who later pleaded not guilty, saying his emotions got the best of him. Oswald had died from a fatal wound to the abdomen, silencing him and stopping further investigation into the case momentarily, from that point on.
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