Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Finished reading book #467 in my JFK assassination collection, "JFK: from Parkland to Bethesda, The Ultimate Kennedy Assassination Compendium" by Vince Palamara (my copy is inscribed by him). An excellent book! Unlike most books on the subject, this is a listing, mainly in chronological order, of the people, doctors, nurses, etc. who came into contact with JFK's body when it arrived at Parkland Hospital in Dallas through to his autopsy and the preparations for the funeral i...n Washington. But the book also provides many references to where the reader can get more detailed information about each of the subjects. The medical evidence in the assassination can seem like a daunting mountain of information almost impossible to make sense out of. But Vince has done the research community a huge service in providing this list along with some important quotes from the various individuals about what they saw on Nov. 22, 1963. In a murder case, the condition of the body can tell investigators much about how the victim was killed. In JFK's case, the official, lone-assassin theory should be indicated by small entry wounds in the rear of JFK's body with larger exit wounds in the front, since Lee Harvey Oswald was allegedly behind and above JFK during the shooting. What this book does is shatter that myth rather convincingly simply by the sheer number of witnesses who described the opposite--mainly a large wound in the right rear of JFK's head. I cannot overstate this. The number of witnesses describing this, as listed in Vince's book, is overwhelming! The book is an invaluable guide for anyone wishing to study the medical evidence and an excellent starting point for those wanting to look further. Well done, Vince!