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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. V - Page 164« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Lyndal L. Shaneyfelt)

Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Senator COOPER. I want to ask you--you did have information from the testimony of witnesses who said they saw the rifle protruding from the window?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
We had this information furnished to us by the Commission.
Senator COOPER. And those facts, those locations were made known to you, and upon that evidence did you locate the rifle, in making these calculations?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
That was the basis for the location of the rifle in all of our calculations.
Senator COOPER. Just one other question. Assuming that there might have been some variation in the location of the rifle, length of the window, the breadth of the window, or that the rifle you used was held higher than the rifle might have been, would it have made how much variation would it have made, in your judgement, in these calculations you made?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
I don't believe that any movement of the rifle in that specific window would alter our calculations to any appreciable degree if you stay within that window, because our reenactment and our repositioning of the bodies in the car based on the photographs is subject to some variation, too, so we have variations throughout.
And the variations from the position of the rifle at that particular window, I feel would be negligible.
Senator COOPER. At every point where you made it, hypothetically, at least, made the determination that at a particular point the President was struck by a bullet, at that point the car and the President could be seen from the window?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
That is correct.
Senator COOPER. That is all I want to ask.
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Even under the tree you still could see the car and the President through the tree.
Mr. Specter.
Mr. Shaneyfelt, did the surveyors calculate the angle and distance from each position where the simulated car was stopped from the President to the triple underpass?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
That is correct.
Mr. Specter.
And are those figures reproduced in terms of distance to overpass, and angle to overpass on every one of the exhibits which also depict distance to window, referring to the sixth floor window, and angle to rifle in window?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Yes; they do. They are on all the exhibits.
Mr. Specter.
Now; is there any point on the overpass where the angle to the President's car or the angle to the President's stand-in seated in the simulated car, would permit a shot to be fired and to create the wound in the President's neck, which has an angle of decline of approximately 17°, based on the information furnished to you by the medical evidence, which we have asked you to assume, where that wound could be inflicted on the President's neck without regard to the point of entry?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
No; none of the angles from the overpass are anywhere near 17°. They range from frame 161 at a minus 7', from horizontal, to frame 313 which is 1°28'. None of them are even close to 17°.
Senator COOPER. From the exhibit that has been introduced, showing the position of the car and the President at the time of the first shot--what was the distance from that point to the overpass?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
The approximate location of the first shot----
Senator COOPER. Frame what?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Well, the exact frame has not been established, but it would be in the range from frames 207 to 225. At frame 207, the distance to the handrail on a line of sight vision to the wound on the President is 350.9 feet. At frame 225 the line of sight distance from the handrail of the overpass to the wound on the President is 334 feet.
Senator. COOPER. What is the distance at those points to the window in the Texas School Book Depository?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Frame 207 line of sight distance from the wound to the window is 174.9 feet. This distance to the overpass from there is 350.9.
On frame 225, line of sight to the window is 190.8 feet as opposed to the distance to the handrail on the overpass of 334.0 feet.
Senator COOPER. Did you yourself stand at the handrail of the overpass?
Mr. Shaneyfelt.
Did I?
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