Episode 10

The Woody Allen routine comes from The Third Woody Allen Album, recorded in August 1968.

My account of the drafting of the Warren report draws from Philip Shenon’s A Cruel and Shocking Act, Vincent Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History, and Howard Willens’s History Will Prove Us Right

Max Holland’s The Kennedy Assassination Tapes is an invaluable guide to the Johnson/Dick Russell telephone calls.

“I didn’t put much faith in Connally’s testimony at all …” quoted by Shenon.

McCloy on WW1 … quoted by Shenon.

Katzenbach’s quote about Governor Connally comes from an oral history that can be read here

Sherman Cooper’s memo, and Dick Russell’s dissent, are both quoted by Shenon.

“To say that Kennedy and Connally were hit by separate bullets is synonymous with saying that there were two assassins …” The Warren Commission attorney who said this was Norman Redlich, as quoted in Bugliosi, Reclaiming History, p. 456.

The lawyers were appalled … see Willens, p. 271.

Andrew Kopkind’s quote comes from an article in The New Statesman, July 29, 1966. A PDF of the article is here

Liebeler’s quote about plausibility comes from an unpublished manuscript that is quoted by Howard Willens in History Will Prove Us Right, p. 164.

For John McAdams’s “Think Scenario” mantra, see his book JFK Assassination Logic.

Smart critics say the only magic bullet is the one imagined by the conspiracy theorists … See for example Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History, and this Newsweek article by Max Holland.

“The number of shots required to reproduce the chance result …” quoted by Bugliosi in Reclaiming History, p. 810, fn.

The quote from Paul Salo comes from this 2016 article.

“Direct proof that the bullet that struck Gov Connally’s wrist was not at high velocity …” quoted by Bugliosi in Reclaiming History, p. 810.

“The Report takes no account …” Sylvia Meagher in Accessories After the Fact, p. 170.

“A fraction of a grain, maybe, a tenth of a grain.” From the Warren Commission testimony of Dr George Shires, which can be read here

Thompson did his sums more thoroughly … see Six Seconds in Dallas, p. 151.

“In fact may be whole …” Meagher, Accessories, p. 171.

Two bullet fragments were found … see Bugliosi, p. 807.

Jacob Cohen’s reductio ad absurdum appears in his article “Conspiracy Fever”, published in Commentary, October 1975, which can be read here.

My rundown of the mechanics of Neutron Activation Analysis is based on the account provided by Bugliosi in Reclaiming History, pp. 812-813.

“One cannot introduce the odds after the fact …” etc.: Mailer, Oswald’s Tale, p. 777.

Liebeler’s memo about the draft chapter of the Warren Report can be read here.

At 11 MPH … see Bugliosi, Reclaiming History, Endnotes, p. 164.

For Rosemary Willis’s movements in the Zapruder film, see this article by Kenneth Scearce.

For the “blur episode” at Zapruder frames 158-160, see this excerpt from the HSCA’s published report, p. 129.

On James Tague, see Gerald Posner’s Case Closed, pp. 324-325.

“You don’t have to be a genius …” quoted by Bugliosi, p. 483.

An expert told the HSCA … see Bugliosi, p. 484.

The president’s head moves forward 2.3 inches … Bugliosi, p. 484.

Updike’s unbylined piece on Thompson’s book appeared in The New Yorker, December 9, 1967, p. 51.

“The strongest human evidence …” Anthony Summers, Conspiracy, p. 386.