The "White mark" - Further Photographic Evidence

We have seen Altgens' Warren commission testimony that he had taken another photograph after the car passed him. Here again is what he said;

Mr. Altgens: ...After the presidential car moved a little past me I took another picture, now just let me back up a little here - I was prepared to make a picture at the very instant the President was shot. I had refocused to 15 feet because I had pre-focused in that area and I had my camera almost to my eye when it happened and that's as far as I got with my camera. Because, you see, even up to that point I didn't know the president had been shot previously. I still thought that all I heard was fireworks and that they were giving some sort of celebration to the President by popping those fireworks. (7H518)

He also added the following;

The car never did stop. It was proceeding along in a slow pace (sic) and I stepped out in the curb area and made another picture as the Secret Service man stepped upon the rear of the Presidential car and went to Mrs. Kennedy's aid. (7H518)

Altgens is shown above appearing at the right of the first frame (z 339) and disappearing at the left of the last frame (z 360). His actions are exactly as he testified.

The resulting photograph, shown below, has become known as "Altgens 7". It did not become a Warren Commission exhibit and in giving his testimony he was not asked any further questions about it. On the windshield to the left of the limousine's left rear trunk aerial is a clear "white mark". The next picture is a close up composite, with the "white mark" circled in red.

Clint Hill Climbs onto the back of the Limousine

Altgens 7. A composite showing the bullet hole

There is one more photograph of the "white mark", this time taken at Parkland Hospital. It appears to have been taken by a Dallas Morning News photographer or an agency photographer who later sold it to them. It is not as clear as either Altgens images but that appears to be because it was taken at some distance from the vehicle. There follows the original image (the best version I can find, which isn't particularly high resolution), followed by a close up (from a separate source, higher definition), and finally the "white mark" seen in the two Altgens photographs circled in red.

The Limousine at Parkland. Bullet Hole just visible.

A close up, just showing the mark to the left of the rear view mirror.

The "White Mark" is a Bullet Hole - Eyewitness Evidence

The bullet hole was seen by several witnesses after the limousine left Dealey Plaza. The two most notable are Dr Evalea Glanges and George Whitaker Sr, both interviewed for the groundbreaking documentary series "The Men Who Killed Kennedy", produced by Briton Nigel Turner. Dr. Glanges saw the Limousine in-situ at Parkland Hospital as seen in the previous montage. As someone familiar with guns Dr. Glanges was well qualified to testify on what she saw. So too was Mr Whitaker, a man with many years experience of Automotive glass, including bullet testing. Their evidence is proof of two things. Firstly that the windshield bullet hole seen in the Altgens photograph was the result of a frontal shot. Secondly, and perhaps of greater significance, it is proof of the lengths to which the US government went to cover up what really happened in Dallas. As you will see from the following video, Mr Whitaker was witness to the destruction of evidence in a crime scene. Furthermore, that the same US government can, to this day, exhibit what it claims to be the same windshield that Dr. Glanges and Mr. Whitaker both saw and described in the National Archives is evidence that the event they covered up is of monumental significance. I will go into greater detail regarding the exhibit in the archives later.

Evalea Glanges

"But it was very clear, it was a through and through bullet hole, through the windshield of the car, from the front to the back".
"No way there's even any cracks associated with that bullet hole, It seemed like a high velocity bullet that had penetrated from front to back in that glass pane"

George Whitaker Snr.

"It was a good clean bullet hole right through the screen from the front, right, this had a clean round hole in the front and the fragmentation coming out of the back"

A Bullet Hole - Further Eyewitness Evidence

Dallas motorcycle patrolman Stavis Ellis 

Observed a penetrating bullet hole in the limousine windshield at Parkland Hospital. Ellis told interviewer Gil Toff in 1971: “There was a hole in the left front windshield…It was a hole, you could put a pencil through it…you could take a regular standard writing pencil…and stick [it] through there.”

[David Lifton, Best Evidence.1988 Edition pp 370-371]

Dallas Motorcycle Patrolman H.R. Freeman 

Also interviewed by Toff corroborated his colleague Ellis, saying: “[I was] right beside it. I could of [sic] touched it…it was a bullet hole. You could tell what it was.” 

[David Lifton, Best Evidence.1988 Edition pp 370-371]

Secret Service Agent Charles Taylor, Jr. 

Wrote a report on November 27, 1963 in which he detailed his activities providing security for the limousine immediately after the car’s return to Washington following the assassination. The JFK limousine and the Secret Service follow-up car known as the “Queen Mary” arrived at Andrews AFB aboard a C-130 propeller-driven cargo plane at about 8:00 PM on November 22, 1963. Agent Taylor rode in the Presidential limousine as it was driven from Andrews AFB to the White House garage at 22nd and M Streets, N.W. In his report about what he witnessed inside the White House garage during the vehicle’s inspection, he wrote: “In addition, of particular note was the small hole just left of center in the windshield from which what appeared to be bullet fragments were removed.” 

[David Lifton, Best Evidence.1988 Edition pp 370-371]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Richard Dudman 

Wrote an article published in The New Republic on December 21, 1963, in which he stated: “A few of us noted the hole in the windshield when the limousine was standing at the emergency entrance after the President had been carried inside. I could not approach close enough to see which side was the cup-shaped spot which indicates a bullet had pierced the glass from the opposite side.”

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