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A Simple Act of Murder: November 22, 1963 Hardcover – May 2, 2006

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Neither Warren Commission supporters nor conspiracy theorists are likely to be satisfied by this latest true crime effort by notorious ex-LAPD detective Fuhrman, who joins a long list of authors attempting to settle the controversies surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy once and for all. Despite Furhman's long-held belief that the president was the victim of a plot, his examination of the forensic evidence—the recovered bullet fragments, the autopsy reports and the legendary Zapruder film—leads him to adopt the lone gunman theory (although he thinks that previous proponents of that position erred in believing one of Lee Harvey Oswald's shots missed its mark). This clunky, lightweight effort is unlikely to change many minds and does not begin to approach the careful, reasoned analysis of Gerald Posner's Case Closed, which also defended the first official inquiry's lone gunman theory of the murder. Nor does Fuhrman fully address the many questions raised by serious conspiracy scholars such as Anthony Summers or Robert Blakey; for example, he completely ignores arguments that Jack Ruby's connections with organized crime bear further study. Whatever the truth of the matter, readers will not be convinced by his case for the thesis that this was a "simple murder." Photos and illus. (Apr.)
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“[A] fresh take...on the JFK assasination.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“[W]ell worth reading for its clarity and single-mindedness ...a brisk read for armchair investigators.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060721545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060721541
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Fuhrman is a crime expert for FOX News and a New York Times bestselling author. Before FOX, Fuhrman was an on-air consultant for ABC, CBS, and Court TV.

Fuhrman served as a Los Angeles Police Department detective for 20 years, rising to fame as a key investigator and witness in the notorious O.J. Simpson murder trial. He lives in Idaho.

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Format: Hardcover
Unlike Furman's other books, well-researched and written by a man who obviously knows how to investigate, this one was a disappointment. Furman totally ignored the Dallas doctors' observations of JFK's skull and the damage done to it. Taking only the autopsy material, and discounting the eyewitness reports from Dealy Plaza, as well as the reports from other than physician staff at Bethesda Naval, his conclusions are invalid.

If I didn't know any better, I would say that Mark Furman was merely fulfilling a contract with his publisher for another book that was due. Despite his self-proclaimed interest in the murder of JFK both from the personal and professional standpoint, Furman seemed in writing this book to not be interested in truth-finding. Afterall, it is the murkiness of the investigation, autopsy and conflicting medical examinations, to say nothing of the possible government coverup of the matter that have fueled the controversy for all these years. This book is overly simplistic, and I say that not as a "conspiracy buff" but as one who is interested in all viewpoints of the assassination, as long as they are thoughtfully conceived. Furman's is not.
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It is refreshing to read a book on the Kennedy assassination by a REAL crime investigator. Fuhrman, like any professional investigator, does not make wild assumptions and allows the evidence to lead him where common sense dictates. He does an excellent job of summarizing the assassination and then, in an orderly fashion, breaking down the evidence and assessing its value. As the title suggests, his ultimate conclusion is that Lee Harvey Oswald was solely responsible for the murder, yet, he adds a different twist to the sequence of the shots - dramatically different than the Warren Commission's conclusion. Fuhrman does not think that the Single Bullet Theory works from a geometrical and anatomical point-of-view. Be prepared for detailed analysis in this area. Fuhrman thinks that all three shots fired by Oswald hit an occupant of the limousine and that there was no "missed shot." Fuhrman believes that Kennedy's neck wound occurred at Z-187. Personally, the problem I have with that is that Kennedy shows no signs of distress and actually continues waving at the crowd. Kennedy shows no signs of being injured until he emerges from behind the Stemmons Freeway sign at Z-224. A 2-second delay for a bullet passing through the neck seems a bit extreme, in my opinion. This book would most be appreciated by real students of the assassination because of its technical and detailed analysis. Conspiracy theorists will naturally be disappointed unless they want to gather some good information to refute the Single Bullet Theory. This is more of a forensic crime book than a history book. It is also a very quick read.
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Got a good laugh from all the negative "I think the hobos on the Grassy Knoll did it" reviewers. I've studied all the evidence for many years and appreciated Fuhrman's clear-eyed look at all the evidence. Modern computer recreations all support the lone gunman theory. I agree that Posner's "Case Closed" was better, but this is worth reading, as well. Sorry, Mulder!!!
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After all the Conspiracy Theories ,Commissions,Investigations,Books,Movies,Documentries,etc.,Mark Fuhrman ,taking the detective approach,analyses the facts and methods that are the principles used in solving crimes like this;comes to the conclusion that the evidence supports the case that 3 shots could have ,and were fired from the window of the TSBD.The 3 shots came from the same rifle,there was enough time to accomplish the shots.It was not that difficult, and Oswald had the ability.There is no evidence that anyone was with him near the window.There is no evidence of a shot from anywhere else.There is an over abundence of theories of connections,motives and so forth.However,all the hard evidence points to only 3 shots fired by one gun and one person;that being Oswald.No other conspiracy theory has ever resulted in any other conclusion of another gunman being involved.Fuhrman does not even try to deny that there may have been a conspiracy behind the shooting,but, be that as it may,it has never been proven,only suggested,and that Oswald had the ability and did do it.If there was anyone else in the window who fired the shots,other than Oswald,and evidence had been placed there connecting it to him;then there is a possibility that someone else did it and when Oswald was shot by Ruby,it was to silence him. I don't think this was ever proposed,and it would have to been proved.
I have read a lot on the Assassination,and much as Mark suggests,if it wasn't Oswald ;then who ,and where is the evidence? There has not been the slightest proof for the case of another sniper ,or any other bullet from any other location...Just speculation and conspiracy theories.Theories are fine,but only the proof of a theory is what counts.
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I was 13 years old when JFK was killed. I always thought there was more to what
happened than we were told. I have lost track of the number of books I've read about
the assassination. I never really believed the Warren Commission's lone assassin
conclusion even though I read Vincent Bugliosi's long winded "Reclaiming History"
with his own version of Catch 22. He doesn't say it in so many words, but he says
we know Oswald was the only shooter that day because of all the evidence which
leads to that conclusion. Any evidence which indicates there may have been a
second assassin has been misinterpreted because we know Oswald was the lone
gunman. Who can argue with that logic?

I was willing to believe in a lone assassin or multiple shooters as long as
it was supported by the evidence. After reading "A Simple Case of Murder"
I am 99.99% convinced that Oswald was the lone assassin. Mark Fuhrman's
explaination of what happened on Nov. 22, 1963, is not only believable but
is supported by the evidence. Most of the negative reviews here are due to
the fact that they remember the author from the OJ Simpson trial. That has
nothing to do with the fact that he has explained how the evidence reveals
the shot sequence, the wounds, and who was responsible. If you read only
one book on the JFK assassination, it should be this one. You can be certain
you have been told the truth, and you'll save a lot of time and money.
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