New Book, Phantom Shot, Reveals Startling New Theory About The JFK Assassination

The two official investigations into the assassination of President Kennedy both erred in the number of shots fired that day. There were not three. There were not four. There were only two.

This is a game-changer in assassination theory. One assassin. Two shots. Two hits. No misses. That is the simplest and best explanation for what happened on November 22, 1963. Jackie Kennedy. John Connally. Clint Hill. Abraham Zapruder. These key eyewitnesses to the assassination of President Kennedy have one thing in common. They only heard two shots that day.

A new book, PHANTOM SHOT, analyzes the statements of these and dozens of other eyewitnesses to debunk the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots.

Most investigators over the years have concluded that Oswald could not have fired three shots in less than six seconds and hit his target twice. They argue that someone else had to have fired the third shot, and therefore there was a conspiracy. However, Oswald had plenty of time to squeeze off two shots, and if there were only two, then there was no second shooter.

The Warren Commission all but ignored eyewitnesses like Bill Newman and Charles Brehm, who were standing less than fifteen feet from the president when he was struck in the head. Immediately after the assassination, both reported hearing only two shots. Another key witness, Bonnie Ray Williams, was sitting at an open window one floor beneath the sniper’s nest, just a few feet from a smoking gun. If anyone knew how many shots were fired that day, it was Bonnie Ray Williams. He said he heard only two.

Within hours of the shooting, many two-shot witnesses changed their stories to incorporate a third shot. They did this because of the nonstop reporting by the press that three shots were fired. They convinced themselves that they somehow failed to hear one of the shots. Fortunately, many of them gave statements just moments after the shooting, before they could be influenced by the three-shot groupthink that quickly enveloped the assassination.

The FBI and the Warren Commission knew conclusively in 1964 that there was only evidence of two bullets. Despite this, they pressured two-shot witnesses to change their stories to a three-shot scenario. These included President Kennedy’s top aides, Kenny O’Donnell and Dave Powers, who were riding in the Secret Service vehicle just five feet behind the presidential limousine.

The Warren Commission could never explain how Lee Harvey Oswald could have made two of the most deadly accurate shots of all time, and yet missed everyone and everything with a third shot. The shot did not strike any of the occupants of the presidential limousine, the car itself, the motorcycle cops riding next to it, the spectators lining Elm Street, or anyone else. No trace of a third bullet was ever found, nor was there any medical or ballistics evidence of one. If a third shot was fired, it vanished into thin air. The Commission had no idea what happened to it, but only said that it “missed.” PHANTOM SHOT proves that there was no third shot. It was a phantom shot.

The two-shot theory is a game-changer. No longer do you have to believe that in order for Oswald to have been the sole assassin, he had to perform the superhuman feat of firing three shots in less than six seconds and hitting his target twice. With his old, bolt-action rifle, that was almost impossible. The vast bulk of expert marksmen over the years have been unable to replicate that feat. But firing only two shots in that amount of time was not difficult. Oswald would have had plenty of time to aim and shoot.

The simplest solution is usually the correct one. One shooter. Two shots. Two hits. No misses. That is the simplest explanation for what happened on November 22, 1963.

Author Mike Majerus may be reached at (406) 690-7311, or by email at PHANTOM SHOT is available at most online bookstores, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. For additional information visit

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