VIA DR. PIERRE FINCK'S HSCA TESTIMONY:
Dr. FINCK. There were restrictions coming from the [Kennedy] family
and we were told at the time of autopsy that the autopsy should be
limited to certain parts of the body. For example, autopsy limited to
the head and modest extension but there were restrictions.
Dr. PETTY. The autopsy was limited then at least to the head as far as
you begin with.
Dr. FINCK. For example, from what I remember we did not remove the
organs of the neck because of the restrictions.
Dr. PETTY. Was an examination of the organs in the thoracic area
Dr. FINCK. Yes, because there was an extension after those preliminary
restrictions were mentioned. The lungs were removed.
Dr. PETTY. Now is it your knowledge then or concept that someone must
have been in communication with the family so that these restrictions
could be altered as it became necessary?
Dr. FINCK. It is difficult for me to answer that question because we
did what we were told and it is hard for me to say -- well, the
sequence is difficult for me to establish. .... Maybe I can help you
here. Maybe Admiral Galloway who was in charge of the center, as I
remember -- he was the one as far as I can remember communicating
those restrictions to us.
Dr. PETTY. I see. And the restrictions were modified however.
Dr. FINCK. Yes.
Dr. PETTY. As you went on.
Dr. FINCK. Yes.
DR. FINCK'S HSCA TESTIMONY
I guess some conspiracy theorists think that if a complete
"dissection" of the neck area of JFK had been performed, the end
result of the autopsy would have been completely different than what
That type of conspiracy argument is, of course, nonsense. Even without
a full tracking/dissection of the neck region of the President, the following
things were still quite obvious to all three autopsists:
1.) JFK was shot in the upper back by one (approx.) 6.5-mm bullet.
2.) X-rays revealed that no bullets or bullet fragments of any kind
remained in JFK's neck and upper-back regions (or anywhere else in his
body either, not counting the head).
3.) No significant enough damage was done to any part of President
Kennedy's neck or upper-back regions to explain why a bullet,
presumably travelling at full velocity (and why we would assume
anything else here), would suddenly stop all forward motion after
striking only the soft tissues of Kennedy's upper back. (Although,
yes, Dr. Humes did initially speculate that a bullet had, indeed,
possibly stopped after travelling just a few inches into the soft
tissues of JFK's upper back. But that's all Humes COULD do at that
point in time--i.e., speculate about just such an unlikely occurrence,
given the fact that the doctors couldn't find a corresponding exit
wound for the bullet, and given the fact there wasn't a bullet to be
found in the body.)
4.) Even if a full tracking/dissection of the neck area had been done
at the autopsy, Humes (et al) still would probably not have known for
certain that the trach wound in JFK's throat masked a bullet hole
until the following morning after Dr. Humes spoke with Parkland doctor
* = It was completely idiotic, IMO, for Humes & Company to not have
picked up a phone and called Parkland while JFK was still on the
autopsy table. I've maintained that this delay in calling Perry was
probably the biggest mistake of all that was made by the autopsists.
Just....dumb. But, Humes decided to wait until the next day to call
Parkland, a time when no further examination of JFK's body could, of
course, be done. So, that's what we have to live with. A stupid,
stupid error, IMO....but that's life.
Now, can somebody tell me how a "dissection" of JFK's neck organs
would have substantially changed any of the above factors, findings,
and conclusions regarding the bullet that so obviously entered John F.
Kennedy's upper back, struck no bones at all, and made its exit where
the trach wound was located in the lower part of the throat?
David Von Pein
April 30, 2008