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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. V - Page 70« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert A. Frazier)

Mr. Dulles.
You don't have the windshield here today, though?
Mr. Specter.
No, we do not.
Mr. Dulles.
It would be the same windshield that the Commission saw.
Mr. Specter.
We can establish it through the witness, too.
Mr. Frazier, for that purpose can you identify what is depicted in a photograph heretofore identified as Commission Exhibit 351?
Mr. Frazier.
Yes, sir; this is a photograph of the very small pattern of cracks in the windshield which was on the Presidential limousine at the time I examined it, and which I also later examined in the FBI laboratory.
(Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Specter.
Mr. Frazier, have you now described all of your findings on the windshield of the Presidential limousine?
Mr. Frazier.
Yes, sir; that is concerning the glass itself and not the molding around the windshield.
Mr. Specter.
Will you then move to the molding around the windshield and state what, if anything, you found there?
Mr. Frazier.
On the strip of chrome which goes across the top of the- windshield and again on the passenger side of the windshield or the inside surface, I found a dent in the chrome which had been caused by some projectile which struck the chrome on the inside surface.
Mr. Specter.
Was there one dent or more than one dent or what?
Mr. Frazier.
One dent.
Mr. Specter.
Will you identify what is depicted by a photograph heretofore marked as Commission Exhibit 349?
Mr. Frazier.
Yes, sir; this is a photograph which I took of this dent at that time, showing the damaged chrome, just to the right of the rearview mirror support at the top of the windshield.
Mr. Specter.
Did your examination of the President's limousine disclose any other holes or markings which could have conceivably been caused by a bullet striking the automobile or any part of the automobile?
Mr. Frazier.
No, sir.
Mr. Dulles.
I wonder if I could go back just a moment to the indentation in the chrome around the windshield at the top of the windshield, but on the inside, could that have been caused by a fragment of a bullet?
Mr. Frazier.
Yes, it very easily could have. It would not have been caused, for instance, by a bullet which was traveling at its full velocity from a rifle, but merely from a fragment traveling at fairly high velocity which struck the inside surface of the chrome.
Mr. Dulles.
Could that have been caused by any of the fragments that you have identified as having been found on the front seat or near the front seat of the car?
Mr. Frazier.
Yes; I believe it could have by either, in fact, of the two fragments of rifle bullets found in the front seat.
Mr. Dulles.
Thank you.
Mr. Specter.
Mr. Frazier, assume certain facts to be true for purposes of expressing an opinion on a hypothetical situation, to wit: that President Kennedy was struck by a 6.5 millimeter bullet which passed through his body entering on the rear portion of his neck 14 centimeters to the left of his right acromion process and 14 centimeters below his mastoid process, with a striking velocity of approximately 1,904 feet per second, and exited after passing through a fascia channel in his body, through the lower anterior third of his neck with an exit velocity of approximately 1,772 to 1,779 feet per second; and that bullet had then traveled from the point where it exited from his neck and struck the front windshield in some manner. What effect would that have had on the front windshield and the subsequent flight of the missile?
Mr. Frazier.
It would have shattered the front windshield. It would have caused a very large, relatively large hole, approximately three-eighths to an inch in diameter with radiating cracks extending outward into the glass for several inches, even to the side of the glass.
Mr. Dulles.
It would have penetrated the windshield?
Mr. Frazier.
Yes, sir.
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