(PART 771)


Humes BLOWS. He totally botched the autopsy. He had no experience with gunshot wounds and should have recused himself, but due to his fucked-up arrogance botched the most important autopsy of the century.


Dr. James J. Humes didn't "totally botch" President Kennedy's autopsy. Humes made some errors, yes. Such as his error of not noting the exact location of the entry wound in the back of JFK's head via either his notes or the final autopsy report.

Humes should have measured the distance from the entry wound to the top of Kennedy's head (or measured the wound's distance from the EOP or some other fixed body landmark), which he did not do with respect to the "north/south" measurement of the wound. So, we're left with the very indefinite term "slightly above the EOP" for that entry wound.

And Dr. Humes should have called Dr. Malcolm Perry at Parkland Hospital while JFK was still on the autopsy table on the night of 11/22/63, instead of waiting until the next morning to call Perry to confirm the existence of the bullet hole in the front of Kennedy's neck.

But as far as the most important "big ticket" things associated with JFK's autopsy are concerned, Dr. Humes most certainly got those things 100% correct -- i.e., John F. Kennedy was positively struck by ONLY TWO BULLETS, with both of those bullets coming from the REAR of the President.

As usual, conspiracy kooks always overestimate the so-called "botching" of Humes' work. But if Dr. Earl Rose had done the postmortem exam in Dallas, these "big ticket" results would have unquestionably been exactly the same as they were at Bethesda:

"The deceased [John F. Kennedy] died as a result of two perforating gunshot wounds inflicted by high velocity projectiles fired by a person or persons unknown. The projectiles were fired from a point behind and somewhat above the level of the deceased." -- From JFK's Autopsy Report [CE387; Warren Report Pg. 543]


"In 1978, [Dr. Rose] was appointed by the HSCA to be one of the nine forensic pathologists to review the autopsy findings. Now retired in Iowa City, Dr. Rose told me no one ever calls him regarding his one year on the HSCA forensic panel and he was "enjoying" his "anonymity." My key question to Dr. Rose was this: "Were you satisfied from your review of the autopsy photos and X-rays that the autopsy surgeons reached the same conclusion you would have reached if you had conducted the autopsy back in 1963 in Dallas?"

Rose immediately and unequivocally answered, "Yes, there's no question their conclusions were correct. Two shots entered the president from behind, the entrance wound to the back exiting in the throat at the site of the tracheotomy and the entrance wound to the back of the head exiting in the right frontal temporal area."

The only place he said he disagreed with the autopsy surgeons is that they reported the entrance wound to the back of the head "too low. It was in the cowlick area." "
-- Vincent Bugliosi; Pages 388-389 of "Reclaiming History" (c.2007)*

* Source Note #41 on Page 389 = "Telephone interviews of Earl Rose by author [Vincent Bugliosi] on October 17, 2002, and March 18, 2005."

David Von Pein
November 23, 2009