In order to believe the "magic bullet theory," we have to believe that it not only exercised non-bullet like behavior in striking Governor Connally, but that it exhibited non-bullet like behavior as it tumbled through President Kennedy. This amazing projectile tumbled through more than 300 degrees of arc, missing veins, arteries, vital organs, muscles, and bones, and then exited through JFK's throat, causing only a two inch bruise on the upper right lung.
"The missile path through the fascia and musculature cannot be easily proved." (Warren Report: Appendix IX; Autopsy Report and Supplemental Report; Clinical Record, Autopsy Protocol.)
Wrong adverb: it should be "cannot possibly be proved."
The autopsy at Bethesda never undertook a dissection of JFK's throat or back wounds to see if there was a bullet track from one to the other, which is standard procedure for an autopsy involving a suspected through and through bullet wound. It was simply assumed that the bullet hole in the back exited through the wound in the President's throat. In fact, the only examinations of the back wound were when Dr. Humes stuck his gloved pinkie finger in it, and later Dr. Finck, when he initially examined the wound with a metal probe. Both of these examinations indicated that the back wound was quite shallow, penetrating no more than three or four inches.
The pathologists were able to connect the back and throat wounds with a metal probe, only after the lungs had been removed.
The failure to dissect JFK's back and throat wounds to prove that they were made by the same projectile, turns the Warren Commission findings concerning the "magic bullet," as CE 399 has been called, into nothing but wildest speculation, not what a forensic pathologist or a court of law would call "best evidence."
Any defense attorney worth his salt would object to testimony that the back wound was the entrance wound, while the throat wound was the exit wound of the same bullet, as incompetent. The evidence presented by the trauma team at Parkland, and the failure of the pathologists at Bethesda to dissect the wound tracks, would provide absolutely no legal basis, and only wildest speculation, for such a supposition.
But then, the Warren Commission's investigators were dependent on the wildest and most self-serving suppositions possible, suppositions that could not be supported by the evidence: that the wound to the upper back and the wound to the throat were made by the same bullet. The best evidence, because of the failure to properly dissect the wound track, is the testimony of the physicians and nurses at Parkland's Emergency Room, said that they both appeared to be entry wounds. If they were both entry wounds, then we have at least two assassins/teams in Dealey Plaza on that November afternoon.
Even if police and Federal authorities could only find physical evidence for three bullets being fired, it is not proof (or even evidence) that one of those wounds in JFK was an entrance and the other an exit wound; it is at the very most, the evidence of two wounds. This is plainly a case of manipulating the facts to fit your theories.
I'm not an attorney, but I believe that I could object to an attempt to introduce such evidence on the basis of it being incompetent and immaterial, in that it goes to matters outside of the witnesses' direct knowledge.
Yes, I did watch a lot of episodes of Perry Mason when I was younger.
No, in this case, "best evidence" would be the testimony of the doctors and nurses at Parkland Memorial Trauma Room 1; the majority of whom stated that the wound to JFK's throat appeared to be an entrance wound. This wound was then used as the basis for a tracheotomy. It is the tracheotomy that is the cause of the throat wound's larger apparent size, not because it is an exit wound.
This also leads to another conclusion, that there was no single bullet which traversed through JFK's upper back and then out of the notch of his throat, let alone one that continued on to do such massive damage to Governor Connally. The most probable explanation is that the two wounds were made by different gunmen: the back wound from someone firing behind the President; the throat wound from someone firing in front of the President.