Checkmate! a review of JFK: Analysis of a Shooting by Orlando Martin

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Analysis of a Shooting

by Orlando Martin is a monumental contribution to the JFK literature.
I think most people have serious doubts that Oswald killed Kennedy,
but after reading this book, you will know beyond any doubt
that it was physically impossible for Oswald to have done it.

Mr. Martin,
a retired military officer of 20 years service, was a Drill Instructor
and Sharpshooter, with a rating of “Expert” (the highest). He specialized
in long-range sniper and combat assault rifles.

The gist of
the book is that by examining the Zapruder film, the ballistics
evidence, and the medical evidence, it can be determined, beyond
all doubt, that 3 gunmen fired a total of 5 shots at the motorcade
in Dealey Plaza. The first shot, which missed completely and grazed
a bystander, can be traced back to a low elevation in the Dallas
Tex Building. The second and fourth shots were taken from high atop
the Dallas Criminal Court Building, while the third and fifth shots
were taken from the Grassy Knoll. Different weapons and caliber
of bullets were used in these shootings. No shots were taken from
the Texas School Book Depository, where Oswald allegedly was.

Delving deeper,
the first shot zipped over Kennedy’s head, missing him completely,
and struck a curb 400 feet away. Martin reasons that the shooter
may have missed because the road (Elm Street) dipped down. And,
he points out that J. Edgar Hoover admitted afterwards, in writing,
that the first bullet was not copper-jacketed, which means that
it could not have been a standard 6.5 mm Carcano bullet, like those
allegedly used by Oswald. Also, the low impact point of the first
bullet (the curb) proves that it was shot from a low vantage point,
not from a 6th floor. If Oswald had taken the shot from his angle,
it would have meant that he mis-aimed by a distance greater than
that of a football field. It’s preposterous!

Martin also
notes that Oswald’s best opportunity to shoot Kennedy was when the
limo was on Houston Street before it turned onto Elm. He would have
had a straight approaching head shot, with the vehicle slowing down
and Kennedy getting closer to him and with no visual obstructions.
Towards Elm Street, there was a big oak tree obstructing his view.
So, why did he wait? Of course, Martin does not think Oswald shot
at Kennedy at all.

Shots 2 and
3 struck almost simultaneously, within a time frame of less than
1/10 of a second. Martin insists that could only have happened with
assistance from a “Spotter” who was on the street and in radio communication
with the shooters. Somebody had to have said, “Now.” And both shots
missed their intended target: Kennedy’s head. Shot 2 went through
his back and out his chest before entering Connally. Shot 3 went
through his neck (as attested to by Parkland Hospital doctors who
described an entrance wound in his neck). Of course, the Warren
Commission claimed afterwards that a single “magic bullet” from
the rear inflicted all 7 wounds in the two men before falling out,
practically unmarred, from Connally’s thigh at Parkland Hospital.
(The bullet was found intact even though large fragments of it were
left behind in Connally. I guess in this case, the whole was
greater than the sum of its parts.)

Note that it
was future-Senator Arlen Specter who came up with the single bullet
theory. However, Martin points out that the bullet had a downward
trajectory of 45 degrees, and it would have had to travel upward
in Kennedy’s body to reach the supposed exit point in his neck.
In other words, before getting to any of the incredible “zags” that
followed, the very first “zig” of the magic bullet was utterly impossible.
In reality, that bullet went straight through Kennedy without deflecting.
So, how did it go up when it was angling down? And did you know
that, inadvertently, the magic bullet got “cleaned” before it could
be examined for microscopic tissue traces from Kennedy or Connally?
How convenient.

The third shot
arose from the Grassy Knoll, and it was definitely not a Carcano
bullet because it didn’t exit. The Parkland doctors who found the
entry wound in his neck searched for an exit wound but did not find
one. Martin says it must have been a small caliber bullet. One of
the Parkland doctors performed a tracheotomy on Kennedy which obliterated
the small round bullet hole, converting it into a long surgical
gash. The fourth shot struck Connally in his right wrist and then
fragments of it entered his left thigh in multiple places. But,
it was the fifth bullet that definitively killed Kennedy.

The fifth bullet
exploded upon impacting the right side of Kennedy’s head forward
of his temple. Ballistics prove that it was taken from the Grassy
Knoll. Not only did Kennedy’s head explode, but the bullet itself
exploded and disintegrated right on the surface of his head. In
the Zapruder film, you can clearly see this highly localized and
concentrated explosion. The bullet did not bore through his head
as a solid projectile. The blowout of Kennedy’s head in back was
caused by a vast number of minute fragments – not an intact
bullet. Why didn’t the fifth bullet travel through Kennedy’s head
intact? Martin says it’s because it was not a high-powered, large
caliber, copper-jacketed bullet. Martin is convinced that it was
a medium caliber, soft-core bullet that was deliberately modified:
center-tapped and drilled out at its base to remove some of the
lead. This made the bullet faster and more prone to disintegration
upon impact, which is what they wanted. A large caliber, copper-jacketed
bullet, like a Carcano, would have gone right through Kennedy’s
head and straight into Jackie. And apparently, the order had been
given not to harm a hair on Jackie’s head.

Martin emphasizes
that Bullet Trajectory Analysis was never performed after
Kennedy’s assassination, not by the Secret Service which did the
first investigation, and not by the FBI, which did the second. Finally,
in May 1964, a bullet trajectory test was done by order of the Warren
Commission, but Martin explains why it was terribly flawed: it addressed
only the second bullet; it addressed only the point of impact, not
the angle of entry or the trajectory through the bodies of Kennedy
and Connally. When you look at the complete trajectory, you realize
that the bullet had a left-to-right orientation. Oswald was to the
right of Kennedy, so any bullet he might have fired would have,
by necessity, had a right-to-left orientation. But, the investigators
concluded that Oswald did it simply because it was possible to see
the impact point through the scope of Oswald’s rifle from the 6th-floor
window of the Book Depository – except when the oak tree obstructed
the view. In other words, their bullet trajectory test was a complete

Martin delves
extensively into the mishandling of the medical evidence, including
the apparent kidnapping of Kennedy’s body. When his body was removed
from Parkland Hospital, Kennedy was in an ornate bronze casket and
he had on all of his clothes. But when he arrived Bethesda, Maryland
for the autopsy, he was in a cheap casket, a body bag, and he was
naked. Martin speculates at length about how Kennedy’s body was
likely altered. He reveals that the mortician’s craft was perfected
by the Military. They’ve developed artful and adroit methods to
hide and camouflage even the most grotesque battle wounds so that
the loved ones of combat soldiers won’t be appalled upon seeing
the body. And Martin says these techniques are good enough to fool
even the best autopsy doctors. Ultimately, Kennedy’s whole brain
was stolen, and it is still missing to this day.

Orlando Martin
thinks it is important, for the integrity of the country, that the
truth come out about what really happened to President Kennedy,
but he is not interested in seeing any criminal prosecutions take
place. I strongly disagree. Although most of the perpetrators, and
perhaps all the major ones, are dead, some of the culprits may still
be living. And for the dead ones, even if they can’t be prosecuted,
they can be forever scorned and vilified, the many honors and tributes
paid to them retracted. Let them go down in history for being the
monstrous criminals that they were.

When I speak
to people in my personal life about the Kennedy assassination and
this book, I find that many of them have the attitude: “it was a
long time ago; there is nothing that can be done now; it doesn’t
matter any more; it won’t change anything, so just drop it."
I say the Kennedy assassination still matters, and not just for
the sake of bringing the perpetrators to justice. It matters because
the process by which the truth was debased, the lies concocted,
the history fabricated, the fable sewn, the official story forced
down our throats, amounts to one of the greatest mindwashings and
indoctrinations to ever take place. Orlando Martin shows us that
the official story about JFK isn’t just wrong; it’s fanciful, ludicrous,
ridiculous, and absurd. That it continues to be accepted as fact
in all the institutions of polite society demonstrates that America
has sunk into a never-ending Twilight Zone where up is down, black
is white, and truth is whatever the official organs of information
say it is. When are Americans going to wake up and start doing some
critical thinking? I say let them start with the Kennedy assassination.
It’s as good a place as any to snap out of the trance we’ve been

Cinque [send him mail]
has worked as a chiropractor, nutritionist, and health spa operator.
He offers a free
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