From Fetzer and White’s perspective, White’s mistaken
LOS observation led to the conclusion that Moorman could not have taken
her photo from a position in the grass beside the curb. Immediately,
Fetzer and White were faced with an obvious question. She took her
photo from somewhere. If a position on the grass by Elm Street was
too low, from where did she take it? Of course, she took it from the
street! It was 8" lower than the grass!
A quick scramble to check some of her interviews added some confirmation.
Thirty-four years after the event (1997), Moorman said in a Dallas
radio interview that she took her photo from the street. On the afternoon
of the shooting, Moorman said something that might be construed to
mean that. “So that must be it,” thought Fetzer and White, “she
took her photo from the street and the fabricators of the Zapruder
film moved her above the curb to the grass along Elm Street.” But
why? Why would Mary Moorman being in the street or in the grass become
of such importance to the conspirators that they would go to the great
trouble falsifying the Zapruder and other films? Well, that’s
not clear... But we can’t be expected to know everything. Maybe
the conspirators had something else to cover up and this just became
part of it.
In some fashion like this, the Moorman-in-the-street theory was born.
Is it remotely plausible?
Think for a moment exactly what is being proposed.
The James Altgens photo taken at Zapruder frame 255 and showing the
shadows of Moorman and Hill standing in the grass, show how crowded
Elm Street was as the limousine passed.
An earlier sweep by motorcycle officers was designed to move stray
spectators out of the roadway. Two motorcycles on each side of the
limousine patrolled the sides of the roadway. As the Altgens photo
dramatically shows, the motorcycle outriders accompanying the limousine
came within thirty inches of the south curb of Elm Street. If we are
to believe that Mary Moorman jumped into the street to take her famous
photo, we also have to believe that those officers, Martin and Hargis,
veered their cycles suddenly to the right to miss her. Furthermore,
this happened right in the middle of the assassination when spectators’ attention
was riveted on the motorcade. Not a single witness later reported anything
like this. Not a single witness reported seeing a spectator leap into
street and almost get run down by two motorcyclists. Both Officers
Martin and Hargis made reports and were later interviewed several times.
Neither one said a thing about some crazy woman jumping into their
path in the middle of the shooting and their having to veer around
her. Is it remotely plausible that this happened and no one saw it
or reported it?
What do the other photos of the assassination show?
The Nix, Muchmore and Bronson films all show the same thing that the
Zapruder film shows. Martin and Hargis never veer their motorcycles
but maintain their station off the left rear of the limousine. No one
jumps into the street. Hill and Moorman can be seen standing quietly
beside the curb as Moorman takes her picture. As indicated earlier,
their shadows standing on the grass appear in the Altgens photo taken
approximately three seconds before the Moorman photo. The Bronson still
photo shows Hill and Moorman standing in the grass as the limousine
approaches. The Moorman photo itself shows the motorcyclists cruising
serenely by several feet from Moorman’s camera. As John Costella
recently pointed out, all the photographic evidence (including the
Moorman photo itself) confirms Moorman’s standing in the grass
to take her photo. (NOTE: See
Two other ingenious proofs have surfaced showing that the Moorman
photo was taken from the grass not the street. Neither had anything
to do with Fetzer and White’s failed LOS argument.
Bill Miller produced a test of supreme simplicity. First, he contacted
the Harley-Davidson Museum and learned everything the Museum could
tell him about the particular Harley model used in the Presidential
motorcade. Nest, he was able to find via Ebay an actual Harley-Davidson
motorcycle that had been used in the motorcade that day. Bill asked
the owner to make a measurement for him after inflating the tires to
their proper pressure and putting a 200 pound rider on the cycle. The
owner measured the distance from the ground to the top of the motorcycle’s
windscreen. It turned out to be 58”.
The Moorman photo is looking down from above on the top of Hargis’s
windscreen. Hence, the Moorman camera has to be higher than 58" above
the ground. Since the roadway is 8" lower than the grass, this
would be the camera’s likely position if the photo were taken
from the grass. Only if Mary Moorman jumped into the street and then
raised the camera high above her head to take her picture could the
Moorman photo have been taken from the street. Six or seven years ago,
Miller and Robert Groden set up yellow staffs 58" high in the
roadway at the position of the two motorcycle riders windscreens. They
then photographed the yellow staffs from Moorman’s position in
the grass as shown in the Zapruder film. Miller prepared this GIF that
alternates between the Moorman photo and the 58" high staffs.
John Costella recently described a further test of which I was unaware.
According to Costella, Rick Janowitz carried out an experiment suggested
by Marcel Dehaeseleer. This happened in 2003. Costella described the
experiment as a simple comparison of the field of view in the Moorman
photo with the field of view produced by the same camera lens when
placed in the street or placed in the grass. “If Mary were in
the street,” wrote Costella on December 14, 2008, “you
would not see as much background as if she were in the grass, simply
because she was closer to everything in the background. Janowitz and
Marcel (if their research was done as well as it seemed) proved that
the field of view of the extant Moorman [photo] corresponds to that
of a grass position, not a street position.” [NOTE: See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jfk-research/message/6048.
I have been unable to find any monograph or posting giving the results
of this experiment.]
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