#MySci411: JFK ‘Single Bullet’ Theory Explored in Phila. Exhibition
The controversial “single bullet” theory relating to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963 – a theory conceived in part by former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania – is the subject of a free life-sized exhibition at Philadelphia University.
Specter was a practicing attorney in Philadelphia when he was asked to work for the Warren Commission, the committee charged with investigating Kennedy’s assassination. Specter co-authored the committee’s reporter stating that a single bullet fired from the gun of Lee Harvey Oswald wounded the President mortally and injured Texas Governor John Connally. The report’s conclusion has drawn wide-spread skepticism in the following decades from scientists and observers.
The Philadelphia University exhibition, hosted by its Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy, features a full-scale model of the 1961 Lincoln limousine in which President Kennedy was riding in when he was shot during a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tx.
As they sit in the rear seat of the model visitors can observe from computer monitors where the bullets reportedly struck the president and the view from other key vantage points, including from the Texas Book Depository window where Oswald was perched.
Exhibit producers say that the exhibit is intended to show why Specter believed that one of three bullets fired toward President Kennedy was the so-called “single bullet,” but acknowledge that it allows visitors to think critically about the commission’s official findings.
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