Each year as the anniversary of the JFK assassination nears, the conspiracy theorists surface to voice opposition to the Warren Commission conclusion of a single gunman. This group has only had 50 years to make their case but have been unable to do so.
The Warren Commission found that the president was hit with two bullets fired by Lee Harvey Oswald. The theorists have problems with both bullets. They call the first bullet "magic" and say that in order to hit both JFK and Gov. John Connally it would have to go up, down and sideways to cause the observed wounds. So there had to be two shooters, they say. The bullet extracted from a surface wound on the governor's thigh, having passed through his body, back to front, was confirmed by ballistics to have been fired by Oswald. If JFK's wounds were caused by a second shooter, the bullet should have come to rest in the car but was never found.
The theorists claim that the second bullet, shot to the back of JFK's head by Oswald, was actually fired by the second gunman from the grassy knoll and struck JFK in the front of his head. They cite a doctor at Parkland Hospital stating that he saw a massive exit wound on the back of JFK's head. However, the autopsy, which theorists say was woefully incomplete, showed only a small entrance hole on the back of JFK's head instead of the alleged massive wound, and a review panel of nine forensic experts confirmed that finding. Also bullet fragments were found in the front of the car, traceable to the Oswald bullet.
The Zapruder film, the basis of much of the commission's findings, did not show the grassy knoll. There were, however, several other films that did show the grassy knoll but no second shooter can be seen as the motorcade passes.
So what drives the conspiracy theorists to continue to criticize the lone gunman conclusion? Maybe notoriety or ego or money from book deals and seminars.