Obviously this post has to begin with acknowledging David Lifton’s groundbreaking work on autopsy issues as well as his book on the subject.

I see the autopsy as one of those key issues that we have to discuss with the media on the 50th anniversary. And when I say “discuss”, what I really mean is to point out that the ARRB document releases, interviews and related oral histories of the past two decades have demonstrated that what should have been the best evidence in the President’s murder simply was not and is not.

Actually, what we have come to know is instead some of the best evidence for suppression of an open ended inquiry and actual management of information to support the official story line.

To communicate this point really does not require a tremendous, in depth exploration of the autopsy itself. Once you share the following you should have their interest….unless they are truly in denial…

1) The initial autopsy notes from the lead Doctor were burned.

2) The initial autopsy notes from the second Doctor were “lost”

3) The draft autopsy report was burned by the Doctor who prepared it

4) The FBI agents who were there to take notes and who listened and prepared a report on the first autopsy findings have confirmed that what they were told and recorded at the time the “official” autopsy report does not match what appeared in the final version – nor what they observed and heard that evening.

5)  The photographic and X-ray evidence in the official archives is contested by the individuals involved in preparing it and certain items appear to have gone missing.

6)  When in 1965 when the Secret Service conducted an inquiry into missing material they ended up simply dropping the matter, with a concluding sentence that “Perhaps we are borrowing trouble in exploring it any further.”

7) The medical illustrator who prepared the “sketch” of the wounds for the Warren Commission was not even allowed to review any of the photographs and simply worked from the Doctors verbal descriptions at a later time.

Well by that point,  you don’t even have to go into the issue that it appears that multiple versions of the official autopsy report were written – after the body had been removed and was no longer available.

But you might want to conclude with the information that when the lead Doctor was shown the extant films and X-rays during interview by the ARRB, he literally could not point out the wounds described in the autopsy using the official films and X-Rays nor were any of those materials marked as they would need to be in a court of law.

His concluding remarks ought to seal the issue – he himself described it all as very puzzling and wished the ARRB staff members luck in resolving their questions on the wounds since he had not been able to help them resolve the matter.

I’ve tried to summarize some of the most newest and concrete autopsy revelations  in Chapter 15 of SWHT but anyone wishing a fuller knowledge should read William Law’s wonderful research with the FBI agents at the autopsy – “In the Eye of History” as well as select volume’s of Doug Horne’s presentation of the medical interviews conducted by the ARRB.








About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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