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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 (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This was not something that is going to be thrilling or exciting to read. Get ready for some parts where it is going to have some graphic material stated in there. Is the book dry in parts, yes? Does it clearly explain what likely happened, yes.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
This book is a breath of fresh air in the fouled atmosphere of wacko conspiracy theories and deliberate lies created by Hollywood producers.

Fuhrman leads the reader in a methodical and logical progression of the examination of the EVIDENCE. The investigative approach laid out is exactly the way any homicide is investigated. The evidence investigated, analyzed and presented is backed by legitimate confirmed sources. If you want to get the feel of how homicide investigations are done across the country, by competent investigators, this is the top book to read. As the evidence is collected and analyzed it is very apparent that the JFK murder was just that., a simple case of murder performed by one mentally disturbed person. A side result is the logical reader can see the wacko theories crumble and blow away in the wind.

I was a 30 year LEO who spent the last half my career in CSI/Crime Lab with special interest in firearms/ballistics. My only criticism is he gets a little muddled on some minor ballistics evidence. However, that minor issue does not all at take away from the excellent work he did on his research and the book's layout.
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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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