Volume VII MISSING
(11) Although Mrs. Lincoln
had an office in the Archives, she was not an employee. Consequently, when the
materials were transferred, they were not technically given to the National
(12) Over the next few years
various critics continued to question the autopsy conclusions. In 1966, Edward
Jay Epstein, in his book inquest, related that although the FBI had had access
to the autopsy report of Dr. Humes, in its report of December 9, 1963, it had
stated that the missile entering the President's upper back did not exist.
Epstein concluded that this discrepancy cast serious doubts on the accuracy of
the entire investigation of the Commission.
(13) In 1966,
, an attorney from
, also published a book, entitled "Rush to Judgement," which was
critical of the
Commission. Lane questioned the theory that a lone assassin shot the President
from the rear. He cited the initial comments of several
doctors who characterized the throat wound as one of entrance. He theorized
that if the President had been shot from the front, then more than one assassin
had to have been involved. Lane also criticized vehemently the single-bullet
theory, contending that the
Commission devised it m order to explain how one assassin could have inflicted
all the wounds to the President and the Governor by firing three shots in the
requisite time interval. Lane argued that the single-bullet theory was not
possible and that consequently only one alternative existed: more than one
assassin shot at the President.
(14) In November 1966, the autopsy pathologists reviewed the autopsy
X-rays and photographs now in the custody of the National Archives. They did so
at the request of the Department of Justice, which wanted to determine their
consistency with the autopsy report. (15) The
pathologists had never seen the photographs previously. They agreed that the
photographs and X-rays corroborated their autopsy report.
photographs and X-rays had become the property of the
Government as a result of a deed of gift from the Kennedy family to the
National Archives on October 31, 1966. All materials listed in the 1965 transfer
from the White House to Evelyn Lincoln were to be included in this transaction,
but the microscopic slides and the gross material, including the brain, were
found to be missing. The disposition of these "missing" materials was
not documented at this or any other
(17) As more persons published books critical of the
Commission, more issues emerged concerning the autopsy. In 1967, Josiah
Thompson published "Six Seconds in
," in which he proposed the theory that President Kennedy was struck in the
head simultaneously by two shots: One from the rear and one from the front.
Thompson based this on the rear head motion visible in the Zapruder film, the
reports from the Parkland and Bethesda surgeons, and eyewitness accounts. This
theory necessarily involves two assassins. Sylvia Meagher also published a
voluminous work in 1967, entitled "Accessories After the Fact"; she
further criticized the
Commission findings and advanced alternative theories.
(18) By 1968, as a result of
criticisms and allegations surrounding the
Commission's conclusions, then-Acting Attorney General
it was learned that autopsy material was “Missing”, the WC Supporters said
that RFK took those materials so they could be buried with the body.
“Problem” with that is in Dr. Finke’s testimony that he was called back to
to “Section the President’s brain”.
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