Original witness Reports that the shots had come from the President's right
front (the grassy knoll.)
The official story said that 3 shots came
from above/behind (6th floor window of the TSBD. (Texas Schoolbook Depository Building)
For Months the
Official story said that there were 3 shots resulting in 3 hits.
Below is a graphic from the United States
Information Information Service
1 First shot hit
JFK in the back entering only a couple of inches.
Original report said JFK was hit in the Throat.
2 Second shot hit
Governor Connally in the back at right arm pit
Original report said JBC was shot in the Chest..
3 Third shot was the
Fatal shot to JFK's head.
Original report said entered right temple.
Months later when
the Warren Commission was Forced to recognize that James Tague was
during the shooting sequence.
standing down by the triple overpass.
that there was indeed a 4th shot which in turn indicated another shooter, proving Conspiracy.
THAT is when
Warren Commission Staff Lawyer Arlen Specter along with Warren Commission Member
Gerald Rudolph Ford gave birth to the SBT. (Single Bullet Theory)
Specter/Ford "MOVED" Kennedy's back wound 6 inches Higher that it
actually was. Claiming that the bullet entered JFK in the back of the NECK.
below is ford's hand
WCR Defenders like to use the photo above to align all of the
wounds in the SBT.
This one below from the Other Side shows the SBT to be
SEE Above/Below the FBI location of the
back wound on the Re-Creation>>>
Immediately after coming out from
behind the tree, the 2 victims do NOT "Line-Up" !
BELOW THE DATE IS APRIL 4TH 1964.
Page 92 of the
WCR states that the hole in JFK's jacket was 5 3/8 inches below the top of the
Page 92 of WCR
states that the hole in JFK's shirt was 5 3/4 inches below the top of the
autopsy face sheet shows the back wound 5-6 inches below the shoulders.
Warren commission Supporters said the face sheet was made inaccurately
NOT True....It was Verified by Admiral Burkely. see
Secret Service Agent Glenn Bennett positioned in the follow up car states that
"I heard a shot & saw it hit the boss 4 inches below the
Look at the date on the FBI
affidavit of JFK's personal physician Admiral George Burkley states that the back wound
was at the level of the third
thoracicvertebra. (5-6 inches below
ocated at the level of the 3rd horacicvertebra. (5-6 inches below the shoulders)
Dr. Carrico said "Penetrating" wound in the throat.
Page below is from FBI Report.
To Buttress the
Single Bullet "Theory" the WC offered "Drawings" of the
bullet trajectories through JFK and JBC.
Ask a Warren Commission Supporter to
Explain the two Different Angles.
HERE is the step
by step procedure of the SBT;
1. Bullet entered
the Back of JFK's neck.
2. Exited at
JFK's throat by Adam's apple. striking NO bone.
Hesitated in mid air for 3/4 to 1.5 seconds then turned Down/Right.
3. Tumbled &
entered JBC's back at the right arm pit leaving an
elongated entrance wound. (similar to an exit wound)
4. Took out 5
inches of JBC's 5th rib.
5. Exited 2
inches below JBC's right nipple. (round hole similar to entrance hole)
Entered/Smashed JBC's right wrist smashing right radius bone.
Left/Downward & Entered JBC's
left thigh down to the bone. (see below from HSCA.)
The WCR wants us
to believe that this bullet Fell Out of JBC's thigh wound and was found on
else's stretcher on another floor.
That bullet is
Commission Exhibit # 399.
The ONLY damage
to 399 is that it is slightly flattened on ONE Side.
There was NO
evidence of blood/flesh/clothing from EITHER Victim.
There is NO "Chain
of Possession" shown for CE 399.
Hospital employee who found the bullet later described it as "Pointed Nose
JBC X-Rays above Before/After
WHERE did these come
For a Better Understanding. see
Different Ammo?? see below
KICKER KICKER KICKER
On November 27th, while still in Parkland Hospital,
JBC was interviewed by Martin Agronsky.
Upon hearing the first shot, JBC turned to his left
& the President had SLUMPED.
Proving that JFK & JBC were struck by
Different bullets. A transcript of that interview is below.
In the future I will post the actual Video of that
interview on my Video page.
Gov. Connally's "ORIGINAL" account of the
AND, Another source. (Below)
MORE ON THE SBT
It seems that there were FOUR (4) Magic
Here's a Croft photo analyzed by someone
from Law Enforcement
Also see>>> http://whokilledjfk.net/april_22.htm
click here FBI
said NOT Oswald in M C
Here is information I gathered long before Computers, the Internet or,
PARKLAND HOSPITAL/BETHESDA NAVAL HOSPITAL
MOTORCADE RUSHED TO
OBSERVED AN "ENTRANCE" WOUND TO JFK'S THROAT, OVER WHICH
PERRY PERFORMED A
AN ENTRANCE WOUND TO JFK'S
. (Fatal) (CE 387)
Catholic Priest (Fr. Oscar Huber) who administered the Last Rights to JFK had
this to say: "He was shot in the
ALL newspapers Nov. 22/23/24, 1963)
VII pg. 560 Witness Emmet Hudson "
#1024 Volume XVIII Pg.
801 Texas Highway
Patrolman Hurchel Jacks (Driver of V.P. Johnson's car) "Before the
President's body was covered it appeared that the bullet had struck him above
the right ear or near the temple"
DRS. DESCRIBED THE HOLE IN THE REAR OF JFK'S HEAD
ABOUT THE SIZE OF A SMALL APPLE (symbolic of an EXIT WOUND?)
wound just below the Adam's apple. Exit wound at the back of the head. (WR page
91 Dr. Perry)…
PERRY PERFORMED A TRACHEOTOMY OVER THE EXISTING WOUND IN JFK's THROAT IN AN
ATTEMPT TO RESTORE HIS BREATHING.
CLOTHES WERE TAKEN TO BE CLEANED & PRESSED.
(WR pg. 94) (rendering
them USELESS as Evidence)
PRESIDENTIAL LIMOSINE WAS IMMEDIATELY SHIPPED BACK TO
FOR REPAIR AND REFURBISHING. (Reports of a bullet hole in the front
windshield.) Conspiracy of Silence pg. 105 by Dr. Charles Crenshaw)
OF JFK's CLOTHING WAS REMOVED.
BODY WAS WRAPPED IN SHEETS & PLACED IN AN
BRONZE CEREMONIAL CASKET.
BODY WAS "ILLEGALLY & FORCIBLY" TAKEN AT GUNPOINT FROM TEXAS
JURISDICTION BACK TO WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR AUTOPSY AT BETHESDA NAVAL HOSPITAL BY
DRS. HUMES, BOSWELL & FINCK (Hospital Administrators)
were career military men approaching retirement who were accustomed to doing
what they were told to do.(During the course of the autopsy they were given
orders on several occasions. Such as NOT to trace the path of a particular
wound. (see Best Evidence book & video) (In 1963, Assassination was NOT a
BODY ARRIVED AT
IN A CHEAP GREY SHIPPING CASKET
IT WAS IN A BODY BAG, ZIPPED FROM HEAD TO TOE. (NO SHEETS)
DRS.FOUND A TRACHEOTOMY INCISION MUCH LARGER THAN THE INCISION MADE BY DR.
PERRY IN DALLAS IN ADDITION TO A HOLE IN THE BACK OF THE SKULL 4 TIMES THE HOLE
DRS. (See Best Evidence by David Lifton Book and Video)
's drawing of head wound. (Best Evidence 310)
's drawing of head wound (Best Evidence 310)
ONLY possible explanation for the discrepancies in the wounds on JFK's body
is that they were ALTERED. As incredible as this may sound it certainly fits
with the FBI report signed by Sibert and O' Neill who attended the autopsy. This
FBI report is reproduced on the next page. The most frightening aspect of this
situation is the fact that the body of the President was in the SOLE possession of Federal authorities between
. (The Secret Service)
BULLET ENTRANCE HOLE WAS FOUND IN JFK'S BACK ABOUT 6 IN. DOWN
THEY ACCURATELY MARKED ON THE AUTOPSY FACE SHEET. (XVII pg 45)
IT WAS AT THE LEVEL OF "THE THIRD
VERTEBRA" (CE #397)
(Also stated on the Official Autopsy.)
for the heck of it: Ask you're Doctor to put his finger on you're back at the
location of the third Thoracic Vertebra. Then ask yourself "If a bullet
entered at that point on a DOWNWARD
striking NO bone, if said bullet could possibly exit the front of you're throat
at a higher point." (you're Adam's Apple?)
2 LOCATION ID'S ALSO MATCH THE BULLET HOLES IN JFK'S
JACKET 5 3/8 INCHES BELOW THE TOP OF THE COLLAR. (WR page 92)
SHIRT 5 3/4 INCHES BELOW THE TOP OF THE COLLAR. (WR page 92)
QUESTIONED LATER ABOUT THE AUTOPSY FACE SHEET SHOWING A BULLET HOLE 6 INCHES
BELOW THE SHOULDERS IN JFK's BACK, COMMISSION SUPPORTERS SAID IT WAS DONE IN
HASTE. (CE #397) (Even though it was detailed enough to
include an OLD back
surgery scar and, cut-downs on JFK's left arm and left ankle for transfusions at
LATER WE DISCOVERED AN AUTOPSY FACE SHEET THEY CHOSE "NOT" TO PRINT.
IT WAS INSCRIBED "Accepted and Approved by me This Date" BY JFK's
PERSONAL DR. DR. GEORGE BURKLEY.
(which was an EXACT ORIGINAL of CE #397) Best
WERE NOT AWARE OF A BULLET ENTRANCE HOLE IN THE PRESIDENT'S THROAT BECAUSE,
AT PARKLAND DR. PERRY
PERFORMED A TRACHEOTOMY OVER THE THROAT WOUND. (SS Agents
were present at Parkland AND
. Did they start keeping secrets that early?)
YOU UNDERSTANDING THIS SO FAR? THE OFFICIAL REPORT ON THE ASSASSINATION OF THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WANTS US TO BELIEVE THAT "PROFESSIONAL"
DOCTORS AT PARKLAND MISSED A BULLET
HOLE IN THE VICTIMS BACK and
"PROFESSIONAL" DOCTORS AT BETHESDA MISSED A BULLET HOLE IN THE VICTIMS
LOCATION OF THE BULLET HOLE IN JFK's BACK IS FURTHER DETERMINED BY THE OFFICIAL
REPORT OF 2 FBI AGENTS, JAMES W. SIBERT AND FRANCIS X. O'NEILL, WHO
WERE PRESENT, IN THE LINE OF DUTY. (Inquest by E.J.Epstein)
REPORT, DATED 11-22-63 STATES
The President's body was removed from the casket in which it has been
transported and was placed on the autopsy table, at which time the complete
body was wrapped in a sheet and the head area contained an additional wrapping
saturated with blood. Following the removal of the wrapping, it was ascertained
that the President's clothing had been
removed and it was also apparent that a tracheotomy had been performed, AS WELL
AS SURGERY TO THE HEAD AREA, NAMELY, IN THE TOP OF THE SKULL."
was this SURGERY performed? It certainly wasn't in
Was the President's body wounds ALTERED between Dallas & D.C?
FBI Report, Further on:
" During the latter stages of this autopsy, Dr. Humes located an
opening which appeared to be a bullet hole which was BELOW THE
SHOULDERS and two inches to the right of the middle line of the spinal
“This opening was probed by Dr. Humes with the finger, at which time it
was determined that the trajectory of the missile entering at this
point had entered at a downward position of 45 to 60 degrees.
Further probing determined that the distance traveled by this missile was a
short distance inasmuch that the end of the opening could be felt with the finger."
"Inasmuch as no complete bullet of any size could be located in the
brain area and likewise no bullet could be located in the back or any other area
of the body as determined by total body X-Rays and inspection revealing
was no point of exit, the individuals performing the autopsy were at a loss to
explain why they could find no bullets."
WHY DID SIBERT & O'NEILL SIGN A RECEIPT FOR A
FROM THE BODY DURING AUTOPSY? (same FBI report.)
AFTER LEARNING: THAT AT
EXTERNAL CARDIAC MASSAGE AND, A BULLET Commission Exhibit #399)
WAS FOUND ON A STRETCHER, THE SAME FBI REPORT continues.
"Immediately following receipt of this information, this was
available to Dr. Humes who advised that in his opinion
accounted for no bullet being located which had entered
back region and that since external cardiac massage had
, it was entirely possible
through such movement the bullet had worked its way back
of the point of entry and had fallen on the stretcher."
FIND IT INCREDIBLE THAT NOT ONE WORD OF THIS FBI REPORT WAS PRINTED IN THE
REPORT's 888 pgs.
NOR ANYWHERE IN THEIR 26 VOLUMES. Because the Commission
chose NOT to print this report among others
they were free to claim that the
recovered bullet (CE #399) was found on Gov. Connally's stretcher instead of
can find this FBI report printed in it's entirety beginning on page 166 of
INQUEST by Edward J. Epstein
(Paperback edition by Bantam Press)
a videotaped interview with retired FBI agent O'Neill now living in Connecticut
he states that he doesn’t
believe that there was a conspiracy. O'Neill also
states that he does NOT believe in the single bullet theory.
(If ONE bullet
didn't wound BOTH JFK AND Connally, there HAD to be an additional bullet PROVING
Dec. 9th the FBI issued an official report stating that
The first bullet hit Kennedy.
The second bullet hit Connally.
The third bullet hit Kennedy.
Dec. 13th the FBI issued a supplemental report stating that
The first bullet hit Kennedy.
The second bullet hit Connally.
The third bullet hit Kennedy.
TESTIMONY ON BACK WOUND:
page. 111 SS Agent Glen Bennett in follow-up car.
* * " I looked at the back of the President. I heard another firecracker
noise and saw the shot hit the President
about four inches down from the right
shoulder.] A second shot followed
and hit the right rear high of the President's head."
you take into account the bullet that hit Connally & the bullet that wounded
Tague, it seems that Bennett
heard FIVE shots!
XVIII page 744 Secret Service Agent Clint Hill describes JFK's back wound
"I observed a wound ABOUT SIX INCHES DOWN from the neckline on the
back just to the right of the spinal column."
(That's what Hill saw IN THE
XVIII page 742 Agent Hill reports: "As I lay over the top of the back seat
I noticed a portion of the President's
head on the right rear side was missing
and he was bleeding profusely. Part of his brain was gone.
I saw part of his
skull with hair on it lying in the seat." (Compare this with CE #388 Volume
XVI Pg. 984.)
page: "I jumped onto the left rear step of the Presidential automobile. Mrs.
"They've shot his head off;" then turned and raised
out of her seat as if she was reaching to her right rear
toward the back of the
car FOR SOMETHING THAT HAD BLOWN
(She was retrieving a piece of JFK's
skull that was blown backwards. At Parkland she handed it to Dr. Crenshaw.)
Conspiracy of Silence by Dr. Charles Crenshaw.)
XVIII page 755 Secret Service Agent Paul Landis:
immediate thought was that the President could not possibly be alive after being
hit like he was.
I still was not certain from which direction the second shot
came, but my reaction at this time was that
the shot came from somewhere towards
the front, right-hand side of the road." (There's that
Grassy Knoll AGAIN
The Connally Bullet
One of the most contentious issues of the JFK debate has always been the
question of the validity of CE-399, the bullet which the government
claimed, passed through President Kennedy and Governor Connally. Critics
have argued that it was not possible for the bullet to have passed
through both victims and emerged in near pristine condition. Perhaps
more significantly, CE-399 contained no traces of blood or tissue when
examined under a microscope.
Government defenders countered with the argument that tests have
proven that it was not impossible for a bullet to remain in good
condition under such circumstances and that it was also possible
that there would be no evidence of blood or tissue. As such, the
debate has remained in stalemate for nearly half a century. But
in more recent times, a far stronger case against the legitimacy
of CE399 has emerged. As we shall see, it also happens to be a
conclusive indictment of the integrity of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.
Our study begins at Parkland hospital with the discovery of a
bullet by orderly, Daryl Tomlinson. Tomlinson told the Warren
Commission that he returned Governor Connally's stretcher from
the second floor back to the ground floor, and then parked it
behind another stretcher that was in front of the door to a rest
room. During his testimony, he illustrated the positions of the
two stretchers, producing the following diagram:
Tomlinson labelled the two stretchers, "A" and "B", in response
to Specter's request:
Mr. SPECTER. Will you
mark with a "B" the stretcher which was present at the time
you pushed stretcher "A" off of the elevator?
Specter also asked him to label the rest room in the diagram as
"C" and explain how he acquired the bullet,
Mr. SPECTER. Where is
the men's room located on this diagram?
Mr. TOMLINSON. It would
be right there (indicating) beside the "B" stretcher.
Mr. SPECTER. Would you
draw in ink there the outline of that room in a general way?
Mr. TOMLINSON. Well, I
really don't know.
Mr. SPECTER. And would
you mark that with the letter "C"?
Mr. SPECTER. That's
fine. What happened when that gentleman came to use the
Mr. TOMLINSON. Well, he
pushed the stretcher out from the wall to get in, and then
when he came out he just walked off and didn't push the
stretcher back up against the wall, so I pushed it out of
the way where we would have clear area in front of the
Mr. SPECTER. And where
did you push it to?
Mr. TOMLINSON. I pushed
it back up against the wall.
Mr. SPECTER. What, if
anything, happened then?
Mr. TOMLINSON. I bumped
the wall and a spent cartridge or bullet rolled out that
apparently had been lodged under the edge of the mat.
Mr. SPECTER. And that
was from which stretcher?
Mr. TOMLINSON. I believe
that it was "B".
Clearly, Tomlinson was stating that the bullet was on a
different stretcher than the one he brought down on the
elevator. Nonetheless, Specter repeatedly badgered him to change
his story, but could only manage to get his inconvenient witness
to say that he wasn't sure. But Tomlinson further confirmed what
happened, in this CBS documentary, narrated by Walter Cronkite.
(move the timeline to 30:10)
Tomlinson passed the bullet to his supervisor, Mr. O.P. Wright
who also examined it and in an interview with Josiah Thompson,
was adamant that it was shaped much differently than CE-399.
This is from Josiah Thompson's classic book,
Six Seconds in Dallas
Before any photos were
shown or he was asked for any description of #399 (Wright)
'That bullet had a
pointed tip.' I said, 'Pointed tip?' He said, 'Yeah, I'll
It was like this one
here,' he said, reaching into his desk and pulling out the
bullet pictured in Six
Seconds. After Thompson showed Wright the various bullet
and finally #399, Wright
asked, "Is that the bullet I was supposed to have had?".
Wright's and Tomlinson's unanimous rejection of CE-399 was
further confirmed by this top secret FBI airtel, which was never
shown to the Warren Commission.
WFO (FBI Washington
Field Office), neither DARRELL C. TOMLINSON,
who found bullet at
Parkland Hospital, Dallas, nor O. P. WRIGHT, Personnel
Hospital, who obtained bullet from TOMLINSON and gave
to Special Service, at
Dallas 11/22/63, can identify bullet.
Instead, the FBI told the commission that the two civilians had
been interviewed by special agent Bardwell Odum, who was told by
the men, that the stretcher bullet "appears to be the same one".
But when Josiah Thompson and Dr. Gary Aguilar contacted the
National Archives, they found no record of such an interview, in
spite of the fact that the FBI was required to document
interviews like that. And when they contacted Bardwell Odum in
person, he denied ever conducting such an interview and stated
that he had never even seen CE399.
According to FBI chief examiner Robert Frazier's notes, the FBI
received large bullet fragments that were found in the front of
the limousine at 11:50 PM on the night of the assassination.
They were labelled Q2 and Q3. Of course, the lab was on duty and
working all night.
Notes of FBI lead investigator, Robert Frazier
demonstrate that they received bullet fragments from the limo
at 11:50 PM. (discovered by John Hunt)
These fragments were deemed by the FBI to be substantial enough
to confirm that they were consistent with Oswald's rifle and
forensics experts who testified before the Warren Commission
confirmed that. Of course, considering the FBI's track record,
it's hard to say whether they provided the actual fragments or
not, but one thing seems quite certain - the fragments they
received did not match the bullet that Tomlinson found.
Considering the time zones, it was between 90 minutes and 2
hours after the arrival of those fragments at the FBI labs, that
Tomlinson was awakened by someone from the FBI, demanding that
he "keep his mouth shut
about the bullet he found at Parkland hospital. This is from the
recorded 1967 interview of Tomlinson by Ray Marcus. The
interview is also documented in the HSCA records.
Tomlinson: On Friday
morning about 12:30 to 1 o'clock - uh, excuse me, that's
Saturday morning - after the assassination, the FBI woke me
up on the phone and told me to to keep my mouth shut.
Marcus: About the
circumstances of your finding the bullet?
Tomlinson: That is (one
short word, unintelligible) what I found…
Marcus: I understand
exactly what you mean, when they call you, it's pretty
authoritative. But the thing is this, did they say - was
there any particular thing about what they said or they just
didn't want you to talk about it period?
Tomlinson: Just don't
talk about it period.
As we will see, the FBI found a better solution to their problem
making lemonade out of this nasty lemon. Instead of threatening
a key witness, they seem to have simply decided to replace the
inconvenient bullet with one that did indeed come from Oswald's
rifle. And as is often the case, one lie requires a multitude of
other lies to support it.
Wright gave the bullet to Secret Service agent, Richard Johnson,
who in turn, passed it on to his supervisor, James Rowley. Not
surprisingly, both of those men also refused to corroborate
CE399, a fact which even the FBI had to admit, stating in
Commission exhibit 2011, that the two agents "could not
identify" it. It is interesting that the FBI never reported the
reason why the two agents refused to corroborate this dubious
piece of evidence. Like FBI agents, Secret Service agents were
required to initial forensic evidence, and it is hard to imagine
them being negligent in such an important case. By far, the best
explanation for their denial is that not only did the stretcher
bullet look much different than the original, but their initials
were nowhere to be found on CE-399. And they were not the only
ones whose initials were missing.
The next step in the chain of possession took place when Rowley
passed the bullet to FBI agent, Elmer Todd. Todd was adamant
that he initialed the stretcher bullet, as he was required to
do. But when researcher, John Hunt examined extreme closeup
photos of CE-399, he was able to identify initials that were
written in later, but could find no trace of Todd's. This is
from his article on the subject:
There is no question but
that only three sets of initials appear on CE-399. There is
likewise no question that they have all been positively
identified: RF was Robert Frazier, CK was Charles Killion,
and JH was Cortland Cunningham. (See Figure 5.) It can be
stated as a fact that SA Elmer Lee Todd's mark is not on the
historical CE-399 bullet.
The entire article can be found here:
After looking around the web a bit, I was able to find a
considerably better copy of the CE399 photos and after
sharpening the image a bit, and blowing it up, managed to
produce a much clearer image. Not surprisingly, there was no
trace of Todd's initials.
The only logical conclusion which can be drawn from this
evidence is that the bullet Tomlinson found on the stretcher in
front of the rest room door had nothing to do with the
assassination. Parkland was (and is) the largest hospital in
Dallas and processes hundreds of gunshot victims every year.
Doctor McClelland testified that Parkland,
"receives all of the indigent patients of this county, many of
whom are involved frequently in shooting altercations, so that
we do see a large number of that type patient almost daily".
But it appears that the FBI didn't think about that when they
received the stretcher bullet at their labs on Friday night. And
when they discovered that the bullet didn't match Oswald's
rifle, they panicked. It was quite simple to fire a round from
the alleged murder weapon into water or cotton wading and use
that bullet to replace the one that Tomlinson found. That would
explain the near pristine condition of the bullet, the absence
of blood and tissue, the missing initials of SA Todd, and those
of the two Secret Service agents, as well as the adamant
rejection of that bullet by Tomlinson and Wright.
But there is an even better reason why we can be quite certain
that CE399 was not the bullet that wounded Governor Connally.
The real bullet was found on the second floor and recovered by a
nurse, who then passed it on to officer Bobby Nolan, who then
delivered it to the Dallas Police department. The confirmation
of this begins with Governor Connally. This is from his
autobiography entitled, "In History's shadow".
"..the most curious
discovery of all took place when they rolled me off the
stretcher, and onto the examining table. A metal object fell
to the floor, with a click no louder than a wedding band.
The nurse picked it up and slipped it into her pocket. It
was the bullet from my body, the one that passed though my
back, chest and wrist and worked itself loose from my thigh.
There was enormous
significance to that scrap of metal, but I can't be certain
how many years later I understood the importance of it. I
have always believed that three bullets found their mark.
What happened in the hospital demonstrated how easily a
bullet could have been swept aside and lost.."
What the governor obviously didn't realize however, is that the
bullet was not "swept aside". Certainly, the nurse who recovered
it would not have just discarded the most important piece of
forensic evidence she had ever handled. As it turned out, the
Dallas District attorney arrived at the hospital, eager to find
out how his old friend, governor Connally was doing. It seems
that he arrived at about the same time that the surgery on the
governor was completed, when he ran into that same nurse who
found the bullet. This is from an interview of Dallas District
attorney, Henry Wade, by the Dallas Morning News.
I also went out to see
(Gov. John) Connally, but he was in the operating room. Some
a bullet in her hand,
and said this was on the gurney that Connally was on. I
talked with Nellie
Connally a while and
then went on home.
Q: What did you do with
the bullet? Is this the famous pristine bullet people have
A: I told her to give it
to the police, which she said she would. I assume that's the
The nurse promptly carried out the district attorney's
instructions, passing the bullet to the nearest uniformed
officer in sight, who happened to be Patrolman, Bobby Nolan, who
was working security for Governor Connally and standing in the
hallway talking to Connally aide, Bill Stinson. This is from my
interview of Nolan in 2010.
Nolan: I was talking to
a man who was one of governor Connally's aides. His name
was - I think it was
either Stinton or Stimmons
(Bill Stinson). And he was an
aide to the Governor.
And she came up and told him that she had the bullet
that came off of the
Now I don't know what
gurney. I think they meant Governor Connally's gurney.
And she said, "What do
you want me to do with it?" He and I were just sitting
there in the hallway
talking to me and said, "Give it to him"
Q. Was it a bullet
fragment or a complete bullet?
Nolan: I don't know. It
was a - they told me that is was a bullet.
And I don't know if it
was a fragment of a bullet or a whole bullet because it was
in a little, small brown
envelope. And it was sealed and it was about, I'd say 2 by 3
inches. And it was in
that envelope when I got it and I never did look at it or
Q. Now when the nurse
gave it to you, did she describe it as a bullet fragment or
Nolan: Uh no. She just
said it was a bullet. That's all.
Nolan delivered the bullet to the Dallas Police department that
evening, and the next morning, was interviewed by the FBI, who
reported (emphasis is mine),
Bobby M. Nolan, Texas
highway patrolman, Tyler district, was interviewed relative
to a bullet fragment
removed from the left thigh
of Governor Connally, which was
turned over to him at
Parkland Hospital in Dallas for delivery to the FBI.
Nolan stated his
instructions were apparently not clear at the outset and
contact with his
superior officers while at the Dallas Police Department, he
bullet fragment over to
Captain Will Fritz [Dallas Police Department.] at
7:50 p.m. He stated he
had no further information concerning the matter and that
only participation in
this series of events was the acceptance of the fragment and
of same to Captain
Obviously, Nolan told the FBI, exactly what the nurse told him -
that the envelope contained a bullet from Governor Connally's
gurney, which as the Governor himself stated, had fallen out
from the wound in his "thigh".
Bill Stinson further corroborated the other witnesses, when he
was interviewed by the now defunct, Ramparts magazine.
"Before the Commission
discredited Connally's testimony they should at least have
heard all the important witnesses. Ramparts found one the
Commission never talked to; they never even asked him for an
affidavit. He is William Stinson, an aide to Governor
Connally at the time of the assassination. Today, although
officially employed by the Veterans Administraton, he has an
office in the White House. Stinson told us he was in the
operating room, wearing a sterile uniform, when the doctors
operated on Connally at Parkland Hospital.
'The last thing they did,'
said Stinson, 'was to remove
the bullet from the governor's thigh---because that was the
least thing that was wrong with him.'".
The entire article can be seen here,
Stinson was mistaken about the bullet being removed during
surgery. He had been permitted to stand in the operating room
then, but it is unlikely that they would have let him get close
enough to examine the fragments as they were being removed.
However, it makes perfect sense that he would assume that it
came from surgery, when shortly afterward, the nurse came out,
in scrubs, and told him and Nolan that she had an envelope
containing a bullet from Connally's thigh.
So, by Saturday, the FBI had already received the bullet that
Tomlinson found and had plenty of time to analyze it and confirm
that it was not from Oswald's rifle. A second Connally bullet
would provide indisputable proof of multiple snipers.
At roughly the same time that this nurse was passing the bullet
from Connally's leg to Nolan, nursing supervisor, Audrey M. Bell
was processing four tiny fragments that were removed from the
governor's wrist by Dr. Gregory. She told the HSCA and later,
the ARRB that she removed the fragments from a container on the
scrub nurse's desk and placed them into an envelope, which she
filled out and then gave to two plain clothed agents who came
into her office. She was unsure whether they were from the
Secret Service or the FBI, but was certain they were not in
uniform. She said that both she and one of the agents, initialed
the envelope and that the two of them then signed a receipt. All
of this was standard operating procedure at Parkland, which Bell
had carried out hundreds of times in the past.
Audrey Bell was interviewed the next day (11/23/63) by the FBI,
as she herself confirmed in her ARRB interview. But when she was
shown a copy of the associated FBI report, she was adamant that
the FBI was wrong. This is from ARRB document MD184, which
summarized her interview,
When shown an FBI FD-302
dated November 23,1963 (Agency File Number 000919, Record
# 180-l 0090-10270), she
felt it was inaccurate in two respects: it quotes her as
“the metal fragment
(singular),” whereas she is positive it was multiple
fragments - it says she
turned over the fragment
to a Texas State Trooper, whereas she recalls turning it
agents who were either FBI or Secret Service.
To corroborate her denial, Bell suggested that they look at the
receipt she was required to fill out, which she had passed on to
Parkland administrator, Jack Price. Of course, that receipt had
to have been confiscated by the FBI, since it was critical to
confirming the chain of custody. This is more from MD184,
recalled filling out a receipt on 1l/22/63 for the
fragments, on half-page
sized paper with red
lettering in the letterhead, which was signed for by one of
two men in civilian
clothes (whom she
thought were Federal agents) who accepted the fragments. She
said she personally
delivered the original
of this receipt to Parkland Hospital Administrator Jack
Price. (ARRB staff
promised to try to
locate this document, and promised that if located, we would
mail her a photocopy
But according to the National Archives, there is no record of
the ARRB ever finding that receipt and the Archives were not
able to find it either. So Bell's receipt, which would have
confirmed the name of at least one of the men she gave the
envelope to, and which had to have been taken by the FBI, seems
to have evaporated.
This is the FBI report, allegedly from their interview dated,
11/23/63 with Audrey Bell.