Post by BOZ
VINCENT BUGLIOSI - "So the killings that people see on television and in
the movies—which is the only type of killings most people ever
see, where the person struck by the bullet very frequently, visibly, and
dramatically is propelled backward by the force of the
bullet—that's not what actually happens in life when a bullet hits
a human being?"
DR.CHARLES PETTY - "No, of course not."
ON TRIAL LEE HARVEY OSWALD
I saw a piece on Turner CLassic Movies that said the first instance of a
shooting victim being propelled backward by the force of a bullet was in
the movie Shane in which the hired gunslinger Wilson (brilliantly played
by Jack Palance) shot the homesteader whom he goaded into drawing on him.
They used a rope to pull the homesteader backward as the shot was
Later on this became standard fare for movie gunfights but it is pure
Hollywood. Sam Peckinpaugh was famous for this sort of theatrics as well
as lots of blood splatter.
PS. A bit of trivia: In the movie Shane, Jack Palance was billed as Walter
Jack Palance and even earlier in his career he was just Walter Palance. He
dropped the Walter after being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in