(PART 551)


The doctors [who examined the autopsy photographs at the National Archives in 1988 for the PBS-TV documentary "Who Shot President Kennedy?"] (none of whom examined the head wound in detail, since they had no reason to do so) had an impression that there was a massive wound in the back of the head.

With blood congealing at this area when the President was on his back, it was an absolutely understandable reaction from doctors who were working under great pressure, on their own bloodied President, with no time to study the wounds.

When they saw the autopsy photographs, they stated the pictures were basically what they saw in the operating room. Essentially, they were simply conceding they were mistaken about where they believed the wound to be. Highly understandable errors, from very decent doctors.


But I don't understand why the doctors couldn't have been completely forthright, however, after viewing the photos at the National Archives.

Let me be clear(er) --- I don't think for a second that the doctors were part of some "conspiracy", but their comments on the 1988 NOVA program do not mesh with what they each said about the wounds prior to seeing the autopsy pictures.

Dr. Pepper Jenkins came the closest to providing a full-fledged "I was wrong" declaration, when Jenkins conceded that the exit wound was more to the SIDE of JFK's head, instead of his previously stated opinion of the wound being entirely posterior.

And at least two of the doctors did, indeed, say they were mistaken about seeing "cerebellum" oozing out of President Kennedy's head.

But the doctors could still have been more forthright on the NOVA program, IMO. And Dr. McClelland's explanation about the "scalp pulling" is just ludicrous. Because, as I mentioned, if that were true, it would HAVE to mean that JFK's scalp was reflected (peeled) back on his head in the Parkland ER....and that's nuts, because it wasn't "reflected" at all.

David Von Pein
May 22, 2009