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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492738956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492738954
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Majerus was born in Billings, Montana. He graduated from Seattle University in 1977 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1980. He began investigating the JFK case in 1973 after seeing a 10th anniversary TV special about the assassination. When Congress reopened the case in 1977, he moved to Washington, DC to continue his research. He attended all of the hearings of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. During the process, he heard witnesses like Marina Oswald, John Connally, Gerald Ford, Michael Baden, Richard Helms, Santos Trafficante, the "Umbrella Man," and many others. In the picture, Mike is sitting on the concrete pedestal where Abraham Zapruder stood as he filmed the assassination on November 22, 1963.

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It's clear that their rich insight is well presented and documented with thoughtful and careful research.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Collins on March 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
Since my original review of this outstanding book in March 2014, I have revisited the book several times and have to some considerable degree now come to accept that it is possible that only two shots were fired in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Having several hundred books on the JFK assassination including most of the 2013 publications that appeared for the 50th anniversary, I was not expecting anything remarkable from the 30 or so new books on the events of Dallas November 22, 1963.

Phantom Shot is intriguing and authors Mike Majerus and Jack Nessan must be commended for writing a truly excellent work on this bottomless pit of a subject.

My initial caveat was that the book challenged my long held belief that three shots were fired at the presidential motorcade on that fateful day and not two shots as per the authors' thesis.

The caveat is that this is at odds with the general consensus that the large majority of witnesses stated that they heard three shots. According to Professor John McAdam's whose research has included a close analysis of what witnesses actually said, approx. 76% of witnesses stated 3 shots, some 15% stated they heard 1 or 2 or 2 or 3 let us estimate that approx. 10% thought 2 shots, 9% of witnesses stated they heard four or more shots. Witness testimony as the authors rightly point out however may not be as reliable as we would perhaps expect.

The authors however make a very good case for supporting the original statements of some of the most important witnesses that only 2 shots were fired.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J Yale on November 22, 2013
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Unlike many of the JFK assassination books out there, Phantom Shot is incredibly well researched and thoroughly documented. Every assertion in this book is supported by the eyewitness testimony and statements of those persons in Dallas on that fateful day fifty years ago. It is clear after reading the book that the authors put an incredible amount of time and effort into researching every aspect of the JFK assassination, and it’s hard (if not impossible) to have doubts about the conclusions reached by the authors after finishing this book. Most importantly, the authors make their convincing argument through a gripping read that is hard to put down. This is a book that you will finish in days if not hours, even if you have little prior knowledge of the JFK assassination. The beginning of the book wisely avoids a simple retelling of facts and, instead, illustrates the remarkable sequence of events that led to the assassination. The authors show how if any one of these events had not taken place, the assassination would not have occurred. The book then proceeds, in systematic and convincing fashion, to show how witnesses consistently changed their stories following the initial press reporting from Dallas. The significance of the authors’ finding in explaining what really happened on November 22, 1963 is obvious. If you only read one book about the JFK assassination, this should be it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scrutiny B on September 7, 2014
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This author has convinced me that regular eye witnesses are more credible that all the news media talkers whose careers were made stellar by lying to the american people about the people who is really in power in the american government.
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As improbable as it might seem that fifty years after the JFK assassination a couple of heretofore unknown authors would solve the mystery of what truly happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and describe persuasively how and why the subsequent investigations erred, Mike Majerus and Jack Nessan, the authors of “Phantom Shot,” have done just that. Written in an eminently readable and conversational style, “Phantom Shot” also speaks with an air of authority. The reader senses that Majerus and Nessan have likely read and digested nearly everything published over the last fifty years about the JFK assassination and the subsequent investigations of the events of that tragic day.

In the prologue, Majerus reveals that a couple of almost casual questions by Nessan, and a flash of insight, propelled them to develop a theory of what happened, and why the FBI and Warren Commission investigations made a critical error—concluding that that three shots were fired in the assassination. (The Commission did allow for the possibility that only two shots were fired, but that possibility has been glossed-over for five decades. The Commission’s conclusion was consistent with the consensus view fostered by erroneous press reports and an inadequate analysis of the three shell casings found in the sniper’s nest.) Good old-fashioned hard work, an investigation of primary source materials, and a willingness to reconsider long-held notions of the assassination have allowed Majerus and Nessan to produce a remarkable piece of analysis. While they were long perplexed by the conflicting accounts of what took place, and why, Majerus and Nessan are no longer mystified. After you read this book, you too should not be perplexed.
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