MEDICOLEGAL INVESTIGATION OF THE PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY MURDER

BY CHARLES G. WILBER

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The Murder of President John F. Kennedy was an event in the history of the United States that left deep and lasting wounds in the body politic and social structure. Kennedy, a relatively young man as American presidents go, had not accomplished much as chief executive; his decisions were not particularly remarkable or effective. His great genius was that he had captured the emotions and the imagination of the common people; he had rekindled in Americans a pride that said we could accomplish anything to which we put our collective mind and resources.

It is also important to recall that he was a Catholic. His election forever obliterated the silly and despicable prejudice that a Catholic president would tum the nation over to the Vatican State. Now it no longer matters whether a Catholic is elected to or even runs for president. When such can be said also for Jews, blacks, women, and other groups artificially pigeonholed in American society, then this nation can be said to have reached a mature status.

The murder itself was carried out in plain view of thousands of people. Radio announcers were reporting; television cameras were presumably grinding; photographers of all sorts, amateur, professional, still, and motion picture were exposing their films as the event took place. Police at the local level and federal police were thronged around the murder area. Despite this assemblage of information-gathering and recording sources, the murder of John F. Kennedy is still, in the minds of most people in the United States and indeed of the world, an unresolved problem obscured by deceit, ineptitude, and official wrongheadedness.

A commission was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to wring out, from all the evidence, the truth of what occurred. The production of that Commission was and is a disaster. For the first time, as a consequence of the Commission's official report, the American people began to be aware that their government used the lie, cover-up, double-talk, and secrecy as tools of governing. * The end result of the latter 1970’s has been a growing cynicism about the American system and the American dream. Repair of this unfortunate state of affairs must begin with a reevaluation of the entire complex situation of the Kennedy murder.

This book concerns itself only with the medicolegal aspects of the John F. Kennedy assassination. It is not intended to explore the details of international relations, federal police, or spies in the domestic and foreign scene. A forensic scientist and practicing death investigator primarily base the book on an evaluation of the medicolegal facts as available...

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