The Badgeman Theory

 

Well, I finally had the chance to visit Dealy Plaza in Dallas. I will admit to feeling that particular tingling in my gut as I approached a battlefield; that familiar feeling of “Here it was” combined with the knowledge that something of historical import happened, as I have felt at Gettysburg, Omaha Beach and the bridge at Arnhem. So then, I got to the point; go look at the grassy knoll.

 

It took me all of about one minute to figure it out; the second gunman theory does not hold water.

 

First, while Oswald’s position offered both cover and concealment, the grassy knoll does not. When you consider Oswald’s position, you realize the common sense military approach he took. The position was in a multi-story building, with multiple entrances and exits. Once he made the shots, he could hide his weapon, walk down the stairs and out the door. Which is what he did.

 

Compare this to the grassy knoll: The Badgeman shooter position is in an open parking area, behind a fence. It is literally out in the open, where even a casual observer could have and would have seen (not to mention heard) the shooter(s) and spotter. The position behind the wooden fence is literally only a few feet away from the position of several spectators in the ampi-theater area. Had Badgeman existed, he would have fired over their heads; they could have also potentially gotten in the way. This unlike Oswald, who had a relatively unobstructed view.

 

The other piece to this is that while Oswald’s sight picture was one of a target going away and slightly downhill, Badgeman’s was coming towards him, on a down hill oblique. While Oswald’s shot picture meant that his target was only receding through the scope, Badgeman would have had to lead the target, even if only slightly. The other problem with this shot picture is that Jackie was sitting next to him. In other words, there was no certainty that the shooter would not hit Jackie instead of Kennedy.

 

Oswald’s shot picture also accounts for the shot pattern: The first hit (he probably missed on the first shot out of nervousness) strikes the President in the throat and continues on into Governor. The third shot (second hit) strikes the President in the head; again, this is consistent with a target moving away and downhill from the shooter. Oswald, being a trained marksman, was probably aiming for center mass (or what was visible in the limo) and not going directly for the head shot. Center mass on a moving target (or sitting still for that matter) is standard military target shooting. Remember that while his qualified as a Marine marksman (Expert), he was not sniper trained. A trained sniper may have gone for the head shot, but not someone with standard training.

 

Now, for argument’s sake, let’s say that Oswald was the patsy. The problem with a patsy is that you have to get rid of him. You can say that Jack Ruby was the ridder, but this was no sure thing. Had this been a truly military style ambush (as alleged in ‘JFK’), the operation would have set up with Badgeman in an adjacent building observing Dealy Plaza under the cover of providing a counter-sniper police role. Now, Badgeman zeroes in on Oswald’s perch, after all, he knows where the nest is and the target is not moving. The observer watches the President’s limo. The observer’s mission is to watch to see if Oswald makes the kill. If he does, then Badgeman can take out Oswald and he becomes a national hero. No President, no Oswald, no loose lips.

 

I would also add here that we have to remember that the US had tried to take Castro out, both covertly and overtly. I sincerely think that if LBJ had had proof of Castro’s hand in the assassination, it would have given the US the casus belli it needed to go in on Bay of Pigs Part Two with everything in its arsenal. Remember that we were not engaged in Vietnam with significant strength at that point. A phone call from LBJ to Khrushchev would have sealed the deal.

 

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