Sunday, October 22, 2017

Body Language Analysis No. 4099: Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, and Jim Leavelle - Nonverbal and Emotional Intelligence (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

On 22 November 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated US President John F. Kennedy. President Trump announced via Twitter on Saturday that he will allow the release of thousands of classified documents regarding the assassination. These files are scheduled to be released by the National Archives on 26 October 2017.

Two days after assassinating Kennedy, Oswald was himself shot by Jack Ruby. He died less than two hours later, at Parkland Memorial Hospital - where Kennedy had also died. The image above, taken by Robert H. Jackson, captures the moment Ruby shot Oswald. The following year this photo won a Pulitzer Prize.

This event was also broadcasted on live TV.

In this close-up crop of the photo, we see Jim Leavelle, a Dallas homicide detective, standing to Oswald's right.

From a nonverbal perspective, this moment is fascinating because it captures two simultaneous emotions.

The corners of Leavelle's mouth are vectored strongly laterally and downward. This is a classic "Mouth of Fear".

Now, look at Detective Leavelle's eyes. His eyebrows are pulled together and down. His upper eyelids are opened significantly wider than baseline while his lower eyelids are tensed. Leavelle's nostrils are also flared. This nonverbal cluster is indicative of anger.

Summary: Emotions are often amalgamated with two or more occurring simultaneously. Detective Jim Leavelle was experiencing both fear and anger at the instant Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald.

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