President Kennedy’s Black Patch- Part I

President Kennedy’s Black Patch- Part I 

President Kennedy’s Black Patch- Part I and, his many back wounds

In Jim Marrs’ book, Crossfire, on pages 512-513, he examines the idea of an artificial black patch. This was used as a shadow to hide President Kennedy’s rear head wound in “Hollywood Takes a Look”. This shadow hides the head wound as described by the staff at Parkland Hospital. The head wound that was in the occipital region or rear of the skull.

The following Muchmore frame is not much for clarity. But, you can see there is something wrong with the back of President Kennedy’s head. It looks like a gaping hole. It looks like a gaping hole exactly where the Parkland doctors said it was. If this is the Parkland wound then it would have to be acquired on Main Street or in the intersection of Main and Houston. This is the reason Altgens 5, a much clearer 35 mm photo, had to be doctored with new imagery from the time the President was still alive and well.  The presidential limousine is in the same spot.

Because of the Zapruder film portraying the Grand Deception on Elm Street these kinds of photo / frames are not looked at seriously. This can’t have occurred because the Zapruder film shows the head wound happening on Elm Street in front of the Grassy Knoll. There will be more on this later.

The red arrow points to the same area that is covered by a black patch in films and photos.

Sidney Wilkenson and other Hollywood experts believe that the shadow on the back of President Kennedy’s head is not a shadow. But, rather an artifact painted in to disguise the massive head wound at the back of Kennedy’s head. This is based upon higher definition and magnification of the Zapruder film. She says this is egregiously so in Z frames 317, 321, 323 and others. This belief is backed up by many others.

With this evidence in hand we can come to the conclusion that the black patch seen in the Zapruder film is a painted artifact. These experts concentrate on Z frames such as 317 and later to make their arguments.

Once this idea was understood then the black patch can began to be seen in other places.In the autopsy drawings belowthere is no black patch. These are not photos but, line drawings signed by the artist. There is only 1 wound in the back and what appears to be a wound near in crown in his hair. Some say this is a blood clot. And, of course there is the wound showing the detached skull portion that is visible here. The drawing here does not show an exit wound in the back of the lower portion of the head, the occipital. It shows neither, an exit wound or, a black patch covering it.

The back wound is an exit wound based on its size. It is much larger than a 6.5 mm entrance wound. You can see an odd shape to the wound indicating a tumbling round. Compare this wound to the wounds seen in the actual photo on which this drawing was based.

This drawing does not show a black patch in the rear most section of his head just hair and some strange matter. In the left section everything is dark. When this drawing was first shown it was thought to be a photo by the History Channel due to being so well done. Compare this drawing to the autopsy photo appearing next.

There is definitely a black heart shaped patch covering the location that over 40 Parkland Hospital personnel described as a massive wound in the back of Kennedy’s head. A heart shaped patch? Someone has made a black humor statement stating what they think.

There are major, significant differences between the drawing and the photo. One of the major differences is more back wounds. These are described as blood clots that haven’t been washed away. The wounds are somewhat blurred here, later we will look at a sharper image. I take these alleged blood clots to be wounds.

Why? Because that is what they look like. They are not particularly savage or grotesque. These wounds suggest “short” rounds. These are rounds that have been lowered in power, by removing propellant from the cartridge, from about 2600-2800 fps for the average hi-powered rifle to below the sound barrier to about 1000 fps. The Carcano round moved at about 2000 fps. So, this would be lowering by half. Could you hear a round like this above the motorcade and crowd noise on Main Street, particularly when sound suppressed?

You can see the larger wound in the back similar to the drawing above. But, you can also see smaller wounds that are entrance wounds. One of which looks like a smaller version of the large exit wound. These are described as blood clots at the autopsy.

In earlier frames, just as soon as the back of President Kennedy’s head becomes visible from behind the Stemmons freeway sign. This black patch begins to become really noticeable at Z frame 232 which is a sharper frame. President Kennedy has it and Governor John Connolly doesn’t. Z frame 242 is another good example where President Kennedy has the black patch, Governor John Connolly doesn’t, and Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman doesn’t. In Z frame 295 President Kennedy has one and everybody else does not.

With this notion of an artificial black shadow/patch in mind I began to start seeing this in other films and photos. Here is the infamous “hit x” frame from the Tina Towner film at the SE corner of the TSBD. Kennedy’s head is blacked out with an “X”. This scene indicating a head shot is inside the famous Zapruder gap. Exactly, where I have long suspected the imagery for the deception on Elm Street in front of the Grassy Knoll came from.


There are a number of interesting things in this photo. First, you can see a Dallas policeman on the fire escape and others blacked out. There are Dallas Policemen in the doorway of the TSBD. One policeman seems to be floating in the air. This indicates that the upper part of this frame was taken at a later time after the assassination.

You can clearly read the print “hit x”. It is at this point in the assassination you can begin to notice a blackened area associated with the back of President Kennedy’s head. Toni Glover said the President’s head exploded as the presidential vehicle turned into the intersection.

At about this time you have material such as this from the Towners.  This is from papa Towner:

Everything is bright and clear as the presidential vehicle enters the intersection of Elm and Houston Streets. There is no large dark shadows for anyone back of the head. This is what they, the cover up experts, want you to believe. This is a composite photo of scenes some taken elsewhere. President Kennedy’s head has not exploded at this point. This time in the image may come from earlier in the route.

In the Nellie Connally’s panel of the vehicle a street scene is shown. From where the Towners were on Elm Street what should be reflected, according to the Optical Law of Reflection, is Houston Street. Where are all the other motorcade vehicles on Houston Street? Where is the Secret Service vehicle? Motor bike cops? Others? The scene is from elsewhere.

The reflection shown is not the SW corner of Elm and Houston Street or Houston Street. What is shown on the rear of the vehicle is a view toward the Triple Underpass which is impossible at this angle. If Poppa Towner could film this then Daughter Towner should have a brightly lit film also. Instead she has this:

This is similar to the infamous “hit X” frame. If you look closely President Kennedy is slumped and looking downward. A circular black area covers the back of his head making it appear he is upright and looking at the TSBD doorway. He has been shot. His back brace is holding him erect.

They, the editors, forgot to black out the 4 or 5 Dallas policemen in the doorway and others close by. Their white police hats are a dead giveaway. The upper part of the film came from another film shot later in time after the assassination.

Here in Tina Towner all you have to do is liberally spray anything you do not want shown with black paint. You can see areas on the chrome where black paint has been accidentally applied as paint was sprayed close to the chrome areas. It is easy to see if you know art. You can cover the Kennedy head wound and black out the doorway of the TSBD. The shadowed part of the limousine is egregiously bad since there is not any reflections. There are no buildings or objects to provide shadow. There should be reflections since Poppa Towner’s photo is brightly lit.

You can black out the highly reflective side of the presidential limousine. Here is how the reflection on the side of the vehicle should look in a frame from the AMIPA film. This is from the shadow side rather than the sunlit side.

Here is Willis slide 4 for comparison.

Can you see the TSBD doorway in this Willis slide? No? Are you surprised? This is a cropped photo. But, it was not taken by Phil Willis. Phil Willis was not on the SW corner. This frame reflection shows the SW corner of Elm and Houston if Willis, perhaps Pierce Allman, took this photo from the SW corner directly across from the presidential limousine. The angles of reflection are equally shown in two directions here indicating a true reflection of the SW corner at that spot.

This creates a huge problem. In the Zapruder film there are 16 people on the SW corner of Elm and Houston. In the Elsie Dorman film there is 26 people there on the SW corner. How many can you count in this reflection on the side of the presidential limousine?  It is less than 16!

Here begins a list of other films and photos that show black patches:

Betzner photo- the motorcade is traveling toward the monument area. President Kennedy has a black patch and most everyone else does too. Maybe this indicates black patches really are shadows. If you believe this beware of real estate agents:

From the Nix Film- This has the presidential vehicle in front of the Grassy Knoll. Dwarf Mary is visible here. Kennedy has a light brown patch plus an obscuring black line to hide the back of this head. Dwarf Mary is taking her famous Polaroid and is in the street a la Jack White. She is a bit blurry compared to everyone else. This indicates poor photo editing. The painted black mark obscuring President Kennedy’s head is clear:



Here is the same from the Muchmore film. If this was filmed from Main St. then it should be a wider angle film with more showing than this. Compare the size or length of the limousine in the two frames.

The photo above really looks like Mary Moorman’s Polaroid. Notice the 3 guys in the background on the steps. They are the same in both Mary Moorman and Marie Muchmore in stance. The reflected glow of the left rear tire trim is the same in both photos. There is a shadow across the tire hub cap just below the center. It is the same in both photos. The shadows of the 3 men on the steps are the same. They move in the wrong direction. If they are not the same the appear the same. In the Muchmore frame we see the front tire is turning. This is different from the Nix frame. However, in most Nix and Muchmore frames we see the front tire turning. Strange, huh!

If you magnify the Muchmore frame and the Moorman Polaroid you will see that the upper part of President Kennedy’s shoulder is not done very well.
Here is Mary’s famous photo. Notice the black patch.

The Polaroid clearly shows a black patch / shadow that is deeper than what is shown for Governor John Connolly and or Jackie Kennedy.

Let’s go back to the Muchmore film. This scene is taken on Houston Street. It suggests a head wound.

A good portion of President Kennedy’s head seems to be missing in exactly the place as the wound described by Parkland Hospital staff in this Muchmore frame. Can this be true? Take a closer look.

In the next Muchmore frame President Kennedy should be sitting up waving to the crowd. Instead he is slumped over to the right. This frame suggests Kennedy was shot when the presidential vehicle first appears on Houston. Just where everyone theorizes the assassination should have taken place.

Next is a Willis photo. I believe it is Willis slide 5. It is amazingly like the Betzner Photo above. President Kennedy has a black patch and so does everyone else. I suppose so that Kennedy’s patch will not be lonely. The black patches for individuals are large, small, rectangular, circular, and some fit the head nicely and others don’t.

Something can be seen through the monument area. It is certainly not a train as shown earlier in Life Magazine. This is a better attempt at consistency than most photos and films. The window spaces are clearly irregular suggesting they are hand painted.

Here is an example of Kennedy’s head wound on Houston Street from the John Martin film:

And, also from the Martin film the potential fix that wasn’t blacken out into a patch. In both frames we see a triangular area cut out in the back of President Kennedy’s head. You can see the wall of the Court House through his head.  This removed the obvious head wound that would be seen on the back of President Kennedy’s head described by the Parkland doctors. This should have been filled in with black paint to suggest a shadow.  But, it wasn’t.  Sloppy work!


If you look you will surely find more of this. Let’s summarize:

• Hollywood film experts indicate that starting at Zapruder Z frame 313 President Kennedy’s shadow on the rear of his head is not a shadow, but an artifact painted there. They called this a black patch to hide his rear occipital head wound.  This is in Jim Marrs book Crossfire.
• Experts say this is really bad and noticeable on Z frames 317, 321, and 323.
• The black patch can be seen earlier in the Zapruder film as soon as the rear of President Kennedy’s head becomes visible after passing the Stemmons freeway sign.
• The black patch can be seen early and clearly in Z frames 232, 242, and 295.
• The Tina Towner film has President Kennedy head covered with black paint in the “hit x” frame. Other frames show a black patch.
• One of Hugh Betzner’s photos has the back of President Kennedy’s head covered with a circular black patch. Others have rectangles with some not quite fitting the head naturally.
• Frames from the Orville Nix film show the rear of President Kennedy’s head obscured by black paint.
• In the Mary Muchmore film frame President Kennedy has a black patch or obscuring mark.
• In Mary Moorman’s Polaroid President Kennedy has a large black patch covering the wound area as described at Parkland Hospital.
• Next comes two early Muchmore frames suggesting something may have happened on Houston Street or in the intersection. There are strange things there.

• The last photo looked at is Willis slide 5. Everyone in the photo in the presidential vehicle and the Secret Service vehicle seems to have acquired a black patch of some sort.
• Notice there are only two men standing on the stairs going up to the monument area. This is different from Moorman’s photo.
• The John Martin film shows the head wound on Houston and the potential fix for it that never happened.  These are triangular cut out areas at the back of President Kennedy’s head directly where the Parkland doctors described a large gaping head wound.

What is your conclusion after looking at these frames and photos?

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