THE SHOOTING TIMELINE AND
THE "5.6 SECONDS" MYTH


PAT SPEER SAID [HERE]:

Of the 12 first attempts, only 1 shooter [during the 1967 assassination re-enactments conducted by CBS News] was able to hit the target twice in less than 5.6 seconds.

Of the 43 total attempts, moreover, these well-seasoned shooters were able to replicate Oswald’s purported feat—2 hits in less than 5.6 seconds—just 4 times.

[...]

If the Warren Commission had conducted similar tests, they would almost certainly have concluded that Oswald needed more than 5.6 seconds to fire the shots, and that either the first shot or last shot missed. But this was not to be.


DAVID VON PEIN SAID:


That's a very easy one to figure out --- Lee Harvey Oswald very likely had more than 8 seconds to get the job accomplished:

Shot 1 (Missed shot) --- Z160 (approx.), per the best evidence, IMO.
Shot 2 (SBT shot) ------ Z224.
Shot 3 (Head shot) ----- Z313.

Total time --- 8.36 seconds. Plenty of time to fire three shots, and only ONE with deadly (head) accuracy. And Oswald actually, per this timeline, had MORE time between shots 2 and 3 than he did between shots 1 and 2 (an important factor). Which means that he had almost FIVE full seconds to work the bolt and re-aim again for Shot #3 after the SBT shot.

On a related note -- I enjoyed this video:

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The above video is merely from a comedy program, yes, but it gets its "Oswald Could Do It" points across pretty well, IMO (especially considering the video clip lasts less than three minutes).

Also, let me add this very important point concerning Pat Speer's presentation (and his MISrepresentation of the WR/WC).....

Pat said this:

"If the Warren Commission had conducted similar tests, they would almost certainly have concluded that Oswald needed more than 5.6 seconds to fire the shots, and that either the first shot or last shot missed. But this was not to be."

But the above paragraph is dead-wrong and totally misrepresents the bottom-line conclusions reached by the Warren Commission with respect to the "timeline of the gunshots" issue.

And all a person needs to do to know that Pat has skewed the facts in this regard is to turn to page #117 of the Warren Report, and you'll find these exact words printed there:

"Based on the evidence analyzed...the Commission has concluded that the shots which killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally were fired from the sixth-floor window at the southeast corner of the Texas School Book Depository Building.

"Two bullets probably caused all the wounds suffered by President Kennedy and Governor Connally.

"Since the preponderance of the evidence indicated that three shots were fired, the Commission concluded that one shot probably missed the Presidential limousine and its occupants, and that the three shots were fired in a time period ranging from approximately 4.8 to in excess of 7 seconds."


-- Warren Commission Report; Page 117





In short -- the nutty "5.6 seconds" timeline theory is a conspiracy-flavored myth that (for some reason) refuses to die.

David Von Pein
September 17, 2007