2012-01-06 14:40:42 UTC
Because of the highly controversial and conflicted medical testimony
in the JFK assassination, and the lack of a chain-of-custody for so
many important evidentiary materials, the ARRB decided to conduct
sworn depositions to "clarify the medical evidence."
In 1996 through 1998, testimony was taken from nine persons present at
Kennedy's autopsy, two others who were involved in processing or
disseminating photographs of the autopsy, and five doctors who treated
JFK in Parkland Hospital in Dallas. For those familiar with the
medical evidence in the case, these detailed interviews contain a
wealth of material and have fueled the debate over the nature of
Kennedy's wounds and the direction of shots which caused them.
Some of the testimony directly impugns the very authenticity of
autopsy materials. For instance, the ARRB interviewed Saundra Kay
Spencer, who processed autopsy photographs the weekend of the
assassination, and testified that the photos now in the National
Archives are not the ones she developed. Similarly autopsy
photographer John Stringer disavowed the photos of the brain held in
the Archives. These depositions are "must reading" for those with an
interest in the medical aspects of the case.
1. ARRB Testimony of Charles Baxter, Ronald Coy Jones, Robert M.
Mclelland, Malcom Perry, Paul C. Peters, 27 Aug 1998
2. ARRB Testimony of Dr. J. Thornton Boswell, 26 Feb. 1996
3. ARRB Testimony of Dr. James Joseph Humes, 13 Feb. 1996
4. ARRB Testimony of Edward F. Reed, 21 Oct 1997
5. ARRB Testimony of Floyd Albert Riebe, 7 May 1997
6. ARRB Testimony of Francis X. O'Neill, Jr., 12 Sep 1997
7. ARRB Testimony of James W. Sibert, 11 Sep 1997
8. ARRB Testimony of Jerrol Francis Custer, 28 Oct 1997
9. ARRB Testimony of John T. Stringer, 16 Jul 1996
10. ARRB Testimony of Pierre A. Finck, M.D., 24 May, 1996
11. ARRB Testimony of Robert J. Groden, 2 Jul 1996
12. ARRB Testimony of Robert J. Groden, 20 Aug 1996
13. ARRB Testimony of Saundra Kay Spencer, 5 Jun 1997
The brain photographs in the National Archives that are purported to
be photographs of President Kennedy's brain are not what they are
represented to be;
Did the Kennedy family have anything to do with the missing brain?
JFK's brain has never been found, and was presumably later interred
with the President at Arlington. ...
What happened to Kennedy's Brain? - The Kennedy Assassination ...
(1) The autopsy report in evidence today, Warren Commission Exhibit
387, is the third version prepared of that report; it is not the sole
version, as was claimed for years by those who wrote it and signed it.
(2) The brain photographs in the National Archives that are purported
to be photographs of President Kennedy’s brain are not what they are
represented to be; they are not pictures of his brain, but rather are
photographs of someone else’s brain
(3) There is something seriously wrong with the autopsy photographs of
the body of President Kennedy. It definitely is President Kennedy in
the photographs, but the images showing the damage to the President’s
head do not show the pattern of damage observed by either the medical
professionals at Parkland hospital in Dallas, or by numerous witnesses
at the military autopsy at Bethesda Naval hospital. These disparities
are real and are significant, but the reasons remain unclear.