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March 24, 1993

JFK—An Allonge

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Forensic Pathology, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr Petty was a member of the Forensic Pathology Subcommittee of the 1979 House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations.

JAMA. 1993;269(12):1552-1553. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500120090034

There is absolutely nothing like preaching to the choir. Those who would keep alive the controversy regarding the Kennedy-Connally shooting will neither read nor hear what they do not wish to believe. It is because I have not wished to be involved in a useless (and thankless) task that I have written nothing for publication regarding the Kennedy assassination. Lattimer's article,1 closely following publication of the interviews with Humes, Boswell, and Finck,2,3 has provided me with an engine to make some amplifying and other comments.

See also pp 1507, 1525, 1540, and 1544.

The Firearm  The 6.5-mm, Mannlicher-Carcano firearm used was not a "rifle" and it was not "high-velocity" or "high-powered." The velocity of the bullets at the time they struck Kennedy cannot be precisely predicted. The muzzle velocity varies depending on a number of factors that cannot be absolutely determined. Also, the distance traveled by the bullets