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Dallas times herald dec 211978
Evidence claims 4 shots fired at JFK
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) —
New evidence indicates that four shots
were fired, from two directions, at
President John F. Kennedy when he
was murdered in Dallas 15 years ago,
two members of the House assassina-
tions committee said Wednesday.
The Warren Commission found that
only three shots were fired, all from the
Texas School Book Depository. It also
concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald act-
ed alone in killing Kennedy.
Rep. Harold Sawyer, R-Mich., said
the evidence shows "beyond a reason-
able doubt" that one of the shots came
from the so-called grassy knoll rather
than the book depository.
Rep. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said
in Hartford Wednesday night that the
new evidence raises serious questions
about the possibility that a second gun-
man participated in the assassination.
Sawyer said the disclosure came from
two acoustical experts testifying Mon-
day night during an executive session of
the assassinations committee.
"They concluded that there were four
shots, the third of which was fired from
the grassy knoll," Sawyer reported. He
said the experts testified there was a 95
per cent probability four shots were
fired at Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
Sawyer said he cannot recall the
names of the two who provided the new
evidence but he stressed they are ex-
perts in the field of acoustics.
"I don't know of any reason not to
accept it," Sawyer said about the new
evidence. But he added the disclosure
"leaves me entirely up in the air" about
who killed Kennedy.
In Washington, a committee spokes-
man said there would be no comment on
A knowledgeable source said: "I don't
think Mr. Sawyer would go on the ra-
dio and lie."
Officials in the office of Rep. Louis
Stokes, D-Ohio, the assassinations com-
mittee chairman, also would not com-
ment on Sawyer's report.
The new evidence came from "a re-
finement of the earlier analysis" of a
tape recording made during the Kenne-
dy assassination of the sound coming
from a motorcycle police officer's radio.
The officer's radio transmitter was left
on for about 5V£ minutes, including the
period when Kennedy was shot.
Sawyer described the technique used
as one which allowed the experts to re-
fine sounds on the tape "down to a very
narrow window" so they could study
tiny details, such as building echoes.
Dr. James E. Barger, an acoustics ex-
pert who testified at a public session of
the committee Sept. 11, had said his
work on the tape showed a 50-50 possi-
bility there were four shots, with one
from the grassy knoll.
Sawyer said Barger studied the more
recent work of the other two experts
and agreed with their conclusion that
four shots were fired. "Barger was
there and he was totally in concur-
rence," Sawyer added.
Sawyer said "I'm probably in hot wa-
ter on the whole thing" by disclosing
testimony from an executive session.
But he added, "the information is going
to be made public anyway. It's not any-
thing top secret."
The information emerged while Saw-
yer was appearing on a talk show at a
Grand Rapids radio station. The con-
gressman said he had no idea the pro-
gram would focus upon the Kennedy
assassination, but a college professor
questioned him closely on the matter.
"There was no way I could answer
them without getting into this," Sawyer
said about the professor's questions.
Asked what will happen because of
the new evidence, Sawyer said he is un-
certain. The committee's work is sup-
posed to be completed by Dec. 31.
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