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  •  I had Bugliosi's book out of the library last (2+ / 0-)
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    waterstreet2013, Chi

    Christmas and have not had occasion to re-visit it since.

    That said, I think you may be mis-numbering the shots, as LHO's first shot missed the limo entirely. What you call the 'first shot' (the one that hit JFK in the back) was actually LHO's second shot, followed shortly thereafter by his third, the fatal head shot.

    As for what produces the "backward-and-left head jerk" in Zapruder, there's actually a brief almost imperceptible movement of JFK's head forward followed by a sharp snap back. The reason the snap forward is imperceptible to the bare human eye has to do with the shutter speed of the camera Zapruder was using and the speed with which the naked human eye is capable of processing visual data.

    I'm relying on year-old memories of Bugliosi's explanation and I apologize if I have misconstrued his or your meaning in so doing.

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