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ARRB Medical Testimony

President Clinton meeting with members of the Assassination Records Review Board.
President Clinton meeting with members of the Assassination Records Review Board.

When the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) was created in the 1990s, its purpose was not to reinvestigate the Kennedy assassination, but rather to declassify the innumerable documents and materials tightly held by the U.S. Government.

However, there were so many puzzles in the JFK medical evidence paperwork that the ARRB decided to conduct a series of interviews in an attempt to "clarify the federal record on the medical and ballistics evidence." The resulting interviews, while rarely reported in mainstream news sources, contained astounding revelations and allegations, among them:

The items listed above are the tip of a large and unresolved iceberg. These stunning interviews have been met by Warren Commission defenders largely with silence rather than rebuttal.



The State of the Medical Evidence in the JFK Assassination, by Joe Backes.

Newly Released JFK Documents Raise Questions About Medical Evidence, by Deb Riechmann.

How Five Investigations into JFK's Medical/Autopsy Evidence Got it Wrong, by Gary Aguilar, MD and Kathy Cunningham.

Substantial Evidence in Support of the Examination of Two Different Brain Speciments Following President Kennedy's Autopsy, by Douglas Horne.

New Witness Speaks on Medical Evidence, by William Law.

Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Coverup, by Rex Bradford.


ARRB Final Report, p.121. Chapter 6, Part II: Clarifying the Federal Record on the Zapruder Film and the Medical and Ballistics Evidence.

ARRB Medical Testimony:

ARRB Staff Memos (by Doug Horne):


Documents (cont.)

ARRB Interview Reports:

ARRB Medical Documents (Exhibits):

  • MD 9. Certificate of Destruction Signed by Humes (11/24/63).
  • MD 74 (D). Affidavit of Leonard D. Saslaw, Ph.D. (dated May 15, 1996).
  • MD 88. Drawings of President Kennedy's Head Wounds prepared for ARRB by Thomas E. Robinson on 6/21/96.
  • MD 148. Drawing of Wound in President Kennedy's Skull As Depicted in Photograph of the Back of President Kennedy's Head.
  • MD 188. Sketch Made by James W. Sibert on Anatomical Drawing of Wound in President Kennedy's Head (Executed on September 11, 1997).
  • MD 209. An interpretive two-dimensional rendering of MD 74 (M) by an ARRB Staff Member (Boswell Diagram).

Related Starting Points


ARRB Medical Interviews. These include:

  • John Stringer (autopsy photographer)
  • Floyd Riebe (asst. autopsy photographer)
  • Francis O'Neill Jr. (FBI agent)
  • Jerrol Custer (X-ray technician)
  • Saundra Kay Spencer (photo developer)
  • Audrey Bell (Parkland nurse)
  • Andy Purdy (HSCA staffer)
  • Knudsen Family (of White House photographer)

Books of Interest

    Inside the Assassination Records Review Board
Douglas P. Horne
Douglas P. Horne, 2009
    Murder In Dealey Plaza
James H. Fetzer, editor
Catfeet Press, 2000
    In the Eye of History: Bethesda Hospital Medical Evidence in the JFK Assassination
William Law
JFK Lancer Productions & Publications, 2004
    Trauma Room One. The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed
Charles A. Crenshaw,Shaw et al
Paraview Press, 2001

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