Interviews With JFK Assassination Doctors

As part of my more than 40 years of personal research into the John F. Kennedy assassination, I interviewed 2 of the Parkland surgeons that treated JFK on November 22, 1963.

My Personal Interview Notes

Dr. Robert McClelland and Dr. Charles Crenshaw told me that JFK was hit in the head by a bullet that came from the right front and exited out the rear of his head. They also indicated that the throat wound on JFK was an entrance wound because the hole was too small to be an exit wound.

Dr. McClelland

Dr. McClelland had the best view of the head wound.  He said “I could very closely examine the head wound and I noted that the right posterior portion of the skull had been extremely blasted. NOTE: Dr. McClelland’s drawing of JFK’s head wound.

It had been shattered apparently by the force of the shot so that the parietal bone was protruded up through the scalp and seemed to be fractured almost along its posterior half and this sprung open the bones in such a way that you could actually look down into the skull cavity itself, and see that probably a third or so, at least of the brain tissue, posterior cerebral tissue and some of the cerebellar tissue had been blasted out.”I have seen interviews with every Parkland physician and they all agreed with Dr. McClelland.

Dr. Crenshaw

Dr. Crenshaw wrote in his book “Conspiracy of Silence”;  ”I walked to the President’s head to get a closer look. The right occipital parietal portion of his brain appeared to be gone. It looked like a crater-an empty cavity.

All I could see there was mangled bloody tissue. From the damage I saw, there was no doubt in my mind that the bullet had entered his head through the front, as it surgically passed through his cranium, the missile obliterated part of the temporal and all the parietal and occipital lobes before it lacerated the cerebellum.”

Dr. Malcolm Perry

Dr. Malcom Perry

Dr. Malcolm Perry, the surgeon who cut the tracheotomy through the throat wound and had a longer and better look at it than anyone else, told reporters at a press conference held less than 2 hours after Kennedy died that the president was shot in the throat from in front.

Dr. Robert Canada

Dr. Robert Canada, the commanding officer of the medical hospital at Bethesda, observed a “very large 3 to 5 cm wound in the right rear of the president’s head, in the lower right occipital region below the external occipital protuberance and 3.5 cm to the right of the midline of the skull.”

Dr. Canada went on to describe it as “clearly an exit wound”, because the occipital bone was “avulsed” (exploded) outward. Other witnesses to the autopsy expressed similar views.

Secret Service Agents Agree

Secret Service agents William Greer and Roy Kellerman both recalled a large wound in the back of the head. FBI agents James Sibert and Francis O’Neill observed a gaping hole in the back of the head.

Medical Technicians Also Agree

Medical technicians James Jenkins, Paul O’Connor, Jan Gail Rudnicki, and Jerroll Custer also confirmed the existence of an exit wound in the rear of the head.

Evidence Found Later

Late in the afternoon of November 23, 1963, William Harper, a college student, was taking photographs in Dealey Plaza when he discovered a large fragment of bone lying in the median between Elm and Main Streets about 30 feet behind and to the left of JFK’s location at the instant of the fatal head shot.

Harper took the fragment to his uncle, Dr. Jack Harper who turned it over to the chief pathologist at Dallas’s Methodist Hospital. Three Doctors examined the bone fragment and positively identified it as occipital bone. (from the lower back of the skull).

X-Ray Evidence

X-Rays of JFK’s skull reveal a snow flake pattern of bullet fragments which are more consistent with an exploding or hollow point bullet instead of military ammunition that Oswald allegedly used. The X-Rays have also shown evidence of having been faked to hide a large exit wound in the rear of the head.

What Do You Think?

Given the above, documented comments and personal observations by trained professionals, what is your conclusion? Leave a comment. I’d very much like your thoughts.


  1. Pete Almquist says:

    Hello. I just heard about your novel ‘The man from 2063′ and I’m looking forward to reading it. The pivotal events on 11/23/63 were one of the first historical things I remember well as I was a young grade-school. I remember sitting in the classroom and seeing teachers slip in and out of the room whispering something to each other with shocked expressions on their faces. Not long afterwards we were sent home early with no explanations.

    Since then I’ve had an abiding interest to undertand what happened. I’ve read numerous books and articles, watched all the documentaries. I’ve seen compelling evidence that seems to support numerous theories and so still haven’t been convinced about the truth of the matter.

    I’m hoping your novel will add to the evidence I’ve gleaned over the yyears. Thanks!

  2. garry mcclelland says:

    I think two or more killed JFK but Oswald wasn’t one of them. I think Johnson and the mob had him killed

  3. John Meyer MD says:

    I’m a retired radiologist and I have been reading xrays for almost 50 years. IMO,at least one bullet must have entered the skull from the frontal area ( posterior right frontal high to medium convexity ) since a large skull fragment is displaced BACKWARD and UPWARD and metal fragments are near the entrance site where they are likely to be deposited from a projectile at the point where its velocity is greatest. There may have been a second headwound also due to the very complex fracture pattern, but at least one originated from the front. The posterior “blow-out ” exit wound is consistent with this frontal injury.

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