(PART 446)


[Robert] Frazier [of the FBI] testfied that the bullet had no blood or tissue on it. How can this be if it was the real bullet? Also, there was no fabric threads on the bullet. Why was this?


Nobody knows for certain if there was any blood or tissue or fabric on bullet CE399 when Darrell Tomlinson picked it up off of Connally's stretcher, because (per Bob Frazier's WC testimony) the bullet was never tested for blood or bodily tissue.

Plus, we also know that the stretcher bullet was placed into the pockets of at least two of the men who initially handled it at Parkland Hospital (O.P. Wright and Secret Service agent Richard Johnsen). We can never know, therefore, how much bodily residue or fabric was wiped off of the bullet as a result of that type of shoddy handling.

Via Bob Frazier's Warren Commission testimony:

MEL EISENBERG -- "Did you prepare the bullet in any way for examination? That is, did you clean it or in any way alter it?"

ROBERT A. FRAZIER -- "No, sir; it was not necessary. The bullet was clean and it was not necessary to change it in any way."

EISENBERG -- "There was no blood or similar material on the bullet when you received it?"

FRAZIER -- "Not any which would interfere with the examination, no, sir. Now there may have been slight traces which could have been removed just in ordinary handling, but it wasn't necessary to actually clean blood or tissue off of the bullet."



"One can only wonder why Commission Exhibit No. 399 did not have any blood residuum on it. My only guess is that the blood traces that must have been on it were removed by someone...almost as a matter of course. In all the evidence bullets I handled in court in murder cases during my prosecutorial career, none had any visible blood on them. .... Interestingly, Frazier testified that with respect to the two main bullet fragments found in the presidential limousine [CE567 & CE569], "there was a very slight residue of blood or some other material adhering, but it did not interfere with the examination. It was wiped off to clean up the bullet for examination"." -- Vincent Bugliosi; Page 425 of "Reclaiming History" (Endnotes)

David Von Pein
February 24, 2009