ROBERT HARRIS SAID:
[Charles] Brehm originally said a shot came from across the road where conspiracy people have been claiming for decades. .... [Mark] Lane's presumption that a piece of skull was blown to the rear was quite reasonable.
DAVID VON PEIN SAID:
First of all, Charles Brehm never was able to positively identify the object that he saw fall into the curb near his position on Elm Street as a piece of JFK's skull/head. And he made that fact quite plain in his 1966 filmed interview with Mark Lane (see video below).
Secondly, even if the object Brehm saw was a chunk of President Kennedy's head (which it probably was), the fact that it was thrown to the rear of JFK doesn't mean that the bullet which caused the head damage came from the front. And I cannot see why more people refuse to recognize this fact.
Since we all know that Kennedy's head was tossed violently to the rear (after being driven forward initially by the force of Lee Oswald's bullet coming from the Book Depository), then I don't see anything unusual or miraculous about a piece of loose brain tissue or skull bone being thrown to the rear of his head.
The violent movement of JFK's head backward might very well have resulted in some skull and/or brain being tossed toward the rear and trunk of the car, which can also easily explain the actions that most conspiracists think Jackie Kennedy undertook right after the head shot (with most CTers believing Jackie went to the trunk to retrieve a piece of her husband's skull).
Thirdly, Charles Brehm has always been quite clear as to the origin of the gunshots that he heard. In an interview with FBI agents Joseph J. Hanley and William O. Johnson on November 24, 1963, Brehm told the agents that he thoughts the shots had been fired from the area of the Elm/Houston intersection.
Quoting directly from the FBI report:
"Brehm...also stated that it seemed quite apparent to him that the shots came from one of two buildings back at the corner of Elm and Houston Streets." -- Via the Hanley/Johnson FBI report of 11/24/63, which was dictated on 11/25/63 [see Commission Document #5, pp.28-29; also see CE1425]
In 1986 at the TV Docu-Trial ("On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald"), Brehm also repeated the exact same thing about hearing the shots coming from either the TSBD or the Dal-Tex Building.
Brehm never said a word about hearing any shots at all coming from the direction of the Grassy Knoll in either his 11/24/63 FBI interview or in his testimony at the televised mock trial in London in 1986. Nor did he say a single word about hearing any shots coming from the front (Grassy Knoll) during his filmed interview with Mark Lane in 1966.
The only conflicting remarks coming from Charles Brehm that I have been able to find would be in the form of an interview Brehm had with a Dallas Times Herald reporter on the day of the assassination itself (11/22/63), wherein Brehm allegedly told the Times Herald reporter that "the shots came from in front of or beside of the President" [Source: this Internet post by Pat Speer, who was citing from David Wrone's 2003 book "The Zapruder Film"].
But two days later, on 11/24/63 in his FBI interview, Brehm told Special Agents Hanley and Johnson that it was "quite apparent" that the shots had come from the corner of Elm Street and Houston Street.
David Von Pein
December 3, 2010
AUDIO/VIDEO MATERIAL FEATURING ASSASSINATION WITNESS CHARLES BREHM:
TWO INTERVIEWS WITH
CHARLES BREHM ON 11/22/63:
BREHM'S INTERVIEW WITH
MARK LANE IN 1966:
AT THE 1986 DOCU-TRIAL
"ON TRIAL: LEE HARVEY OSWALD":
CHARLES BREHM IN 1993: