The President Kennedy Assassination
Friday, November 22, 1963
3° - "Evidence of a Frontal Head Shot"
Z-frame 313 - A shot strikes President Kennedy right in the head.
The fact is that this frame and the following ones suggest more a frontal head shot than a rear head shot supposedly fired from the eastern window of the TSBD 6th floor.
The bottom of the eastern window of the TSBD 6th floor is just over 60 feet directly above the roadway. From the base of the TSBD directly below this window to fatal head shot, the straight distance is around 270 feet. Therefore, if the fatal head shot had been fired from the eastern window the bullet would have hit the President's head under a downward angle of 13 degrees and a lateral angle of 15 degrees relative to the right-hand side of the limo.
"Trajectory from the Eastern Window of the TSBD 6th Floor"
Under these conditions, it is quite certain that the majority of the spatter of brain matter would have gone frontward and downward in the direction of John Connally, and not upward and backward as it was the case. I also think that the shock wave of a rear shot, fired under this angle, would have burst the right part of JFK's forehead. Thus, the direction of the brain matter spatter, the violent backward movement of the President's head, and the fact that Mrs. Kennedy crawled onto the trunk of the limo to retrieve a portion of her husband's brain do suggest a frontal head shot.
The most objective evidence of a downward frontal head shot is especially the same finding made by at least thirty near witnesses, including fifteen MD, who stated that JFK had a massive exit wound in the right rear of his head, and this not only at Parkland Hospital, but also at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
Among the persons who stated this wound at Bethesda Naval Hospital, one can quote James Jenkins (Assistant Autopsy Technician), James Sibert (FBI Agent), Francis O'Neill (FBI Agent), Jerrol Custer (X-ray Technician), John Stringer (Autopsy Photographer) and Dr. Ebersole (Autopsy X-Radiologist). In an extensive interview with his hometown newspaper in 1978, Dr. Ebersole said: "When the body was removed from the casket there was a very obvious horrible gaping wound in the back of the head".
However, Dr. James Humes, in charge of President Kennedy's autopsy at Bethesda Naval Hospital, made a report that invalidated all these statements testifying to a gaping wound in the right rear of JFK's skull. The few photos that were supposedly taken during the autopsy even show the rear of JFK's head entirely undamaged. Conclusion: either these photos were doctored, or the right rear area of JFK's head was remodeled. Regardless, the drawing made from the description of Dr. McClelland is clear. Dr. McClelland even stated that a portion of cerebellum of JFK fell out when he was treating the President at Dallas Parkland Hospital.
"Drawing McClelland & Autopsy Photo"
Dr. Robert N. McClelland was one of emergency doctors at Parkland Hospital who held the retractor to keep the tissue open as Dr. Perry performed a tracheotomy on the President. It was the conviction of Dr. McClelland and other doctors in the emergency room the bullet wound of about 5 millimeters at the base of JFK's throat was an obvious entrance wound. I shall add that Dr. Humes missed this bullet wound because of the throat defect. It was not until the following morning that Dr. Humes learned by calling Dr. Perry that there was a bullet wound at the base of JFK's throat.
It is also important to know that Dr. Perry made a transversal incision of about "3 cm" across this bullet wound to perform an emergency tracheotomy, and after the breathing tube was removed, the outline of the bullet hole was always visible on each side of his incision. And again, the autopsy photo does not agree with the statements of Dallas emergency physicians who asserted that there was just a thin incision at the base of JFK's throat when his body was put in a casket at Parkland Hospital.
"Large Bloody Defect in JFK's Throat"
In this photo, we note a large bloody defect of about 6.5 cm wide and 2.5 cm high. One can thus conclude that this defect was necessarily the result of a surgical exploration performed in order to extract the bullet lodged in JFK's throat, and this prior to the autopsy performed by Dr. Humes.
Finally concerning the throat wound, Dr. Perry in his testimony before the Warren Commission stated that the bullet hole was in the lower anterior third in the the midline of the neck. After he opened the neck he noted "a small ragged laceration of the trachea on the anterior lateral right side". Thus, we should deduce that the bullet trajectory was from left to right, and therefore the shot came from the limo left side, that is to say the south of Dealey Plaza, and not the grassy knoll.
As for the bullet having hit JFK in the back, the FBI agents James Sibert and Francis O'Neill asserted in their report, then in a memorandum, that this bullet had fallen out of the President's back during the cardiac massage done at Parkland Hospital. It goes without saying that Sibert and O'Neill were never called as witnesses before the Warren Commission.
Finally, the day after JFK's assassination a fragment of the President's skull was found in Dealey Plaza by a medical student named Billy Harper. This fragment was shipped to Admiral George G. Burckley, who gave it to the FBI, where it was lost. Thus, the Harper fragment disappeared just as JFK's brain which was supposed to have been preserved in the National Archives. The loss, or more probably the concealment of these two exhibits is all the more regrettable that their eventual examination would have allowed to restore irrefutably the truth about the fatal head shot.