Or maybe it’s something magical about Bill O’Reilly. We have another example of BillO making stuff up. He wrote a book about the Kennedy assassination, and in it, he claims to have been a witness to the suicide of a fringe character in the story, George de Mohrenschildt.
O’Reilly spins the story with third person modesty in Killing Kennedy (p. 300), calling himself “the reporter.” He wrote that he
“traced de Mohrenschildt to Palm Beach, Florida and travelled there to confront him. At the time de Mohrenschildt had been called to testify before a congressional committee looking into the events of November 1963. As the reporter knocked on the door of de Mohrenschildt’s daughter’s home, he heard the shotgun blast [Emphasis added] that marked the suicide of the Russian, assuring that his relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald would never be fully understood.
“By the way, that reporter’s name is Bill O’Reilly.”
One problem: he was 1200 miles away when de Mohrenschildt killed himself, in Dallas. We have a tape recording of a phone call O’Reilly made that day, from Dallas, asking for confirmation of the suicide, something he wouldn’t have needed to do if he’d been standing on the doorstep and heard the shotgun go off.
I seem to recall that he claimed to have been in the Falklands, when he was actually in Buenos Aires, 1200 miles away. I’m thinking that he must actually be kind of like an Airy disc, and that around a central peak of O’Reilly, there must be a circular ring of much fainter O’Reillys, with a radius of 1200 miles.
I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to calculate the O’Reilly point spread function. Also, clearly, to eliminate O’Reilly, we’re going to have to trace him back to the aperture source.