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Sifting Truth From Myth

December 29, 1991

There may be a truth about the Kennedy assassination that we don't know, but we sure don't get it from Stone.

He has said that the core of his position is the Abraham Zapruder film of the shooting, which he claims proves that the shot to Kennedy's head had to come from the front.

While it is true that the President's head and body did undulate backward, a close look at the film shows that blood and other matter from the head shot burst out forward . Anyone who has seen films or stroboscopic pictures of bullet hits know that matter is ejected not from entry holes, but from exit holes, moving in the same direction as the bullet. The Zapruder film thus shows a back-to-front trajectory. Stone's starting premise is therefore wrong.

Stone says his goal is to create a "counter-myth" to the "official myth." But a myth is a lie, and a counter-myth is just a counter-lie. I think we have better uses for our time and money than to support another lie.

MARK LEINWAND

Woodland Hills

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