D: So you want to write about Kennedy, huh?

C: How many books is it going to take before people believe it?

D: Believe what?

C: That Dallas had a welcoming party waiting for the president.

D: That’s an interesting way to refer to a public execution.

C: That’s just what it was: a public execution!

D: If they wanted to claim it was just one shooter, why didn’t they do it with just one shooter?

C: One shooter might miss: they wanted to make sure.

D: Since you speak of missing, it seems odd Connally was wounded so badly. Why do you think?

C: If he was wounded accidentally, you have to wonder why they picked assassins who were such bad shots. If he was wounded intentionally —

D: No way he was wounded intentionally.

C: Why not?

D: Because they wanted to claim a single shooter. If you want to make a turkey shoot look like a single assassin, you don’t hit two people at almost the same time.

C: What motive could they have had to kill Connally?

D: None.

C: So that means the assassins were bad shots.

D: Or they might have been quite good marksmen.

C: What do you mean?

D: Suppose your target is in a car traveling almost fifteen miles per hour. What are you going to do?

C: I have to lead the target.

D: Good marksmen know how to do that.

C: So what are you thinking?

D: Kennedy’s car slows to about five miles per hour just as the assassins squeeze off their rounds.

C: If the assassins are leading their target, the car’s deceleration means the rounds hit forward of Kennedy.

D: Who’s in front of Kennedy?

C: Governor Connally. As the bullets start coming into the car, he yells, “They’re going to kill us all!”

D: Why would he say “they”?

C: You tell me.

D: After Connally is hit, Kennedy is shot in the head. Is that correct?

C: That’s right. First Kennedy is hit from the rear. Connally is hit about three seconds after that. Then Kennedy receives a mortal wound to the head.

D: How fast is the car traveling when Kennedy is shot in the head?

C: It’s at a steady five miles per hour by then.

D: So the shooter who fired the fatal shot had time to adjust his aim to the car’s slower speed.

C: I never thought of the whole sequence that way until just now.

D: We still have a riddle, though.

C: What’s that?

D: Why did the car slow down in the first place?

C: The driver was surprised when the first shot hit Kennedy. He turns around to see what’s happening and the car slows up.

D: I don’t think so. A well-trained Secret Service man would step on it if he thought the car was under any kind of threat.

C: Some people believe the driver, and perhaps his buddy in the passenger seat, were in on the plot.

D: It’s possible. How often have a ruler’s bodyguards been involved in the conspiracy when their boss is assassinated?

C: Well, bodyguards have the means to kill, and they have access. No wonder they’re involved.

D: In this case, the supervisor had to make sure the car didn’t have agents at the rear corners of the car, or running alongside the car. The driver would want to slow the car as it enters the fire zone.

C: Bad for Connally that they slowed the car down just as the assassins began to shoot.

D: I still wonder how many bullets hit Kennedy and Connally, and how many bullets the assassins fired in all.

C: When you clean up the evidence, you’ll never  know. They hosed that car down as soon as they could.

D: Did the doctors find any bullets in Connally’s body?

C: Fragments. Not whole bullets.

D: Which wound was the most serious?

C: The bullet that entered through his back and exited through his chest. He was hit in the wrist and the thigh, too.

D: Perhaps with that, we should go up to bed.

C: As usual, you have a good idea. My eyelids are heavy again.

D: So what are you going to do?

C: I’m going to sleep!

D: Bath?

C: No bath tonight!

D: Why not?

C: Because I’m going to bed!

Next time:

What happens when you try to go against group norms?

What happens when you try to unseat the unacknowledged ringmaster?

You will be put away!