- Aug 9, 2001
There are so many sites with conflicting information on JFK's assassination, but the doctors who were actually there at Parkland Memorial Hospital tell their experiences, such as this one:
John F. Kennedy emergency room doctors confirm he was shot from front
“We Were There,” compiled the recollections of the doctors and medical students at Parkland the day Kennedy arrived. It is written by Dr. Allen Childs, who was also at Parkland, but didn't operate on the president. The recollections are from oral histories, interviews and letters.
“They were unanimous that the neck wound was an entry wound,” wrote Childs in the book provided to Secrets in advance of its Nov. 6 release.
Dr. Joe D. Goldstrich said, “the appearance of the neck wound is burned into my memory. It was a perfectly round hole between nickel and quarter size, in the middle of the front of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple.”
Even more startling: One of the doctors, Ron Jones, said that assassination investigators knew of reports of a second shooter but ignored them. He’s quoted being told by Warren Commission investigator Arlen Specter, who went on to be a Pennsylvania senator, “We have people who would testify that they saw somebody shoot the president from the front. But we don’t want to interview them, and I don’t want you saying anything about that either.”
I haven't come across any official explanation, or even acknowledgement, of statements such as these, which is disturbing in itself.
l respect the opinions of the doctors, but bullets - especially round-nosed military FMJ bullets - can play strange tricks inside human or animal bodies. Similar ammunition, but in 7mm rather than 6.5mm, was used by the Boers in the 1899-1902 war.
British troops referred to the projectiles as “pencil bullets” from their shape, and coined the phrase “pencilling through” to describe the effect they often had on striking a human body. Being extremely hard, and very stable - therefore accurate - in flight, they often would not tumble inside the body, but would drill straight through. If they didn’t strike the heart or central nervous system, this might well result in a survivable wound.