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in their perceptions of the shots during the assassination.
But nothing could be further from the truth. Not only were
the witnesses quite consistent in hearing three shots, but
the large majority of them heard exactly the same pattern -
one shot, a delay and then two closely bunched shots at the end.
The Warren Commission confirmed that fact, in their report:
"..a substantial majority of the witnesses stated that
the shots were not evenly spaced. Most witnesses recalled
that the second and third shots were bunched together."
At one point during the hearings, Warren Commissioner Allen
Dulles noted the overwhelming consistency of these witnesses,
when he described the ratio of those confirming that shooting
scenario in comparison with others,
"There has been a certain amount of testimony indicating
there was a longer pause between the report of the first
shot... and the second and third shots, that is not
absolutely unanimous but I would say it is something like 5
to 1 or something of that kind.."
Among the people in the limousine, every one of them (except
JFK) testified to hearing the same thing the others did - a
single early shot prior to the end of the attack.
But in the Zapruder film, we see clear visual evidence of a
shot at frame 223.
We also see several witnesses turn to the right, *prior* to
223, exactly as they testified. That includes Mrs. Kennedy,
John Connally and SA Hickey in the followup car.
But how could a 130 decibel shot from Oswald's rifle have
gone entirely unnoticed? Like most others, John Connally
testified to hearing just one early shot, but never heard the
next one. He only *felt* it.
Obviously, no one else heard that shot either.
It is easy to blithely dismiss these witnesses. Humans are
not perfect and everyone is subject to error. But the other
problem is quite objective and impossible to dismiss.
There were *NO* visible startle responses by any of the limo
passengers prior to frame 290. No one ducking, spinning
around at enormous speed, shielding their ears, etc, as we
see following 285 and 313.
And the earliest shots should have been the loudest and most
startling to the passengers if they had been fired by Oswald.
Obviously, they were not.