Assassination Science: Experts Speak Out on the Death of JFK


If you have ever been tempted to believe that President Kennedy was killed by a lone,demented gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald, then Assassination Science is the one book which will convince you, beyond any reasonable doubt, that there was indeed a conspiracy and a cover-up.

Completely lacking the wild speculation that have marred some books on the shooting of JFK, Assassination Science sticks to the hard facts, interpreted by medical and ...

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If you have ever been tempted to believe that President Kennedy was killed by a lone,demented gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald, then Assassination Science is the one book which will convince you, beyond any reasonable doubt, that there was indeed a conspiracy and a cover-up.

Completely lacking the wild speculation that have marred some books on the shooting of JFK, Assassination Science sticks to the hard facts, interpreted by medical and scientific expertise.

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What People Are Saying

Cyril H. Wecht
Every serious student of the Kennedy assassination should read this excellent compilation of articles, which dissect and destroy the Warren Commission report in a meticulous, objective, and analytical manner. The authors are all accomplished professionals, and their investigative studies unquestionably shift the evidentiary burden to those who through ignorance, naiveté, or conscious, pro-government bias continue to defend the Warren Commission report, the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.
—(Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., past president, American Academy of Forensic Sciences)
David Lifton
Dr. David Mantik's chapter on the Zappruder film constitutes a significant addition to the literature on the JFK assassination. Those who believe that the Zappruder film (characterized by some as the closest thing to "absolute truth" when it comes to the shooting) is unimpeachable are in for a surprise. In addition, the publication of certain documents (such as the full text of the White House transcript of the Dallas doctor's 11/22/63 press conference), as well as Setzer's musings about what is knowable and the record of his jousting with the establishment (from The New York Times to the Justice Department) all make interesting reading.
—(David S. Lifton, author of Best Evidence)
Kerry Walters
Assassination Science is a watershed. Past and future assassination studies will have to be read through the painstakingly logical lens with which it scrutinizes the murder of John Kennedy. There is no sentimentalism or sensationalism here, even though the web of bureaucratic roadblocks and deceit encountered by Setzer in his investigation would make for an exciting thriller. Instead, the cool clinical breeze of rigorous thinking blows throughout.
—(Kerry Walters, distinguished professor, Gettysburg College)
Peter Dale Scott
Although certain to provoke further controversy, this book supplies important scientific assessments of the medical evidence laid before the Warren Commission, together with a valuable narrative account of the American Medical Association's entry into this contentious field. I was particularly gripped by compelling new evidence that the Zapruder film had been altered, along with related documentation concerning the Warren Commission's re-enactment of the shooting in Dealey Plaza.
—(Peter Dale Scott, author of Deep Politics and the Death of JFK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812693669
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/30/1998
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 812,467
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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On 22 November 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, while his motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza. On 29 November 1963, Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States, appointed a panel of inquiry-chaired by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Earl Warren-to investigate the death of his predecessor. A summary of its conclusions-technically only an advisory report to the President-was published on 27 September 1964. Twenty-six volumes of related testimony and exhibits were published on 23 November 1964. These are among the very few undisputed facts about the death of JFK.According to the 888-page summary of its findings, the Warren Commission determined that President Kennedy had been assassinated by a lone, demented gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, who had fired three shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building and scored two hits, one of which passed through the President's neck and exited his throat, the other of which entered the back of his head and killed him. While denying that it was crucial to their conclusions, the panel inferred that the same bullet that passed through the President's neck had wounded Texas Governor John Connally.This bullet is alleged to have entered Connally's back and shattered a rib before exiting his chest, hitting his right wrist and being deflected into his left thigh, an account that is known as "the single bullet theory". Because the bullet that is supposed to have performed these feats displays only slight distortion, it is known as "the magic bullet". When the House Select Committee on Assassinations re-investigated the case in 1977-78, itsreport supported these findings, but with the concession that a fourth bullet that missed had apparently been fired from "the grassy knoll" to the front and right of the limousine. This led the HSCA to the conclusion that JFK had been killed as the result of a "probable" conspiracy.When the Oliver Stone motion picture, JFK, was released in 1991, it generated enormous interest in the possibility that elements of the federal government and the military-industrial complex, including especially the CIA, might have been behind the assassination, perhaps with financing from wealthy oil men and the collusion of the Mob. The film was attacked by a large number of critics and columnists, many of whom published their critiques before production was even complete or the movie had been distributed. The controversy has continued to simmer: while most Americans reject the government's conclusions, they are uncertain what to accept with regard to the assassination itselfPerhaps the most telling argument for the official view has been the failure to turn up "hard evidence" of conspiracy in this case, which makes the critics' position appear to be an article of faith rather than a product of reason. The evidence most basic to the official position has always been the medical evidence, including the autopsy report, X-rays, and photographs, on the one hand, and photographic evidence, including especially a film of the assassination taken by Abraham Zapruder, on the other. If crucial evidence of this kind could be proven to have been fabricated, manufactured, or otherwise reprocessed, that would provide hard evidence critics claim has been lacking. The studies published here settle this matter- decisively!The volume you are about to read presents some of the most important findings about the medical and photographic evidence in the murder of John F. Kennedy yet to be discovered. A specialist in radiation oncology has examined the autopsy X-rays and has discovered that some have been altered to conceal a massive blow-out to the back of the President's head, while others have been changed by the imposition of a 6.5 mm metal object. A world authority on the human brain has concluded that diagrams in the National Archives purporting to be of JFK's brain must be of someone other than John Fitzgerald Kennedy. A group of experts on various aspects of photographic evidence has now found that the Zapruder film of the assassination has been extensively edited using highly sophisticated techniques.These findings not only completely undermine the official reports of the American government in relation to the assassination but also support the indictment of the Editor-in-Chief and Board of Trustees of a leading medical journal in the United States and of the nation's press for failing to fulfill its obligations and responsibilities to the American people...- James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Death of JFK 1
Pt. I Who are the "Assassination Experts"? 23
A Piece of My Mind: Lundberg, JFK, and JAMA 27
Let's Set the Record Straight: Dr. Charles Crenshaw Replies 37
On the Trail of the Character Assassins 61
Thinking Critically About JFK's Assassination 85
The JFK Assassination: Cause for Doubt 93
Postscript: The President John F. Kennedy Skull X-rays: Regarding the Magical Appearance of the Largest "Metal" Fragmentä 120
Pt. II The Press Conference that Never Was 141
Statement of 18 November 1993 (#1) 145
Statement of 18 November 1993 (#2) 149
Optical Density Measurements of the JFK Autopsy X-rays and a New Observation Based on the Chest X-ray 153
Statement of 18 November 1993 161
"Commentary of an Eyewitness", The New Republic 167
Letter to David Lifton of 2 May 1992 168
Fax to Maynard Parker of 10 September 1993 172
Clarification of 16 July 1997 175
Letter to Howell Raines of 13 September 1993 176
Letter to Lawrence K. Altman, M.D. of 1 December 1993 178
Letter to Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., of 6 December 1994 180
Pt. III The Pursuit of Justice in a Bureaucracy 183
Letter to the Honorable Janet Reno of 17 September 1993 187
Letter to Professor James H. Fetzer of 7 December 1993 193
Letter to Mary C. Spearing of 18 December 1993 195
Letter to Professor James H. Fetzer of 25 January 1994 198
Letter to Mary C. Spearing of 30 January 1994 200
Letter to Professor James H. Fetzer of 4 October 1993 201
Letter to Professor James H. Fetzer 15 November 1993 202
Letter to Professor James H. Fetzer of 21 November 1994 203
Letter to The Honorable John R. Tunheim of 24 October 1994 204
Letter to Professor James H. Fetzer of 14 February 1995 205
Pt. IV The Zapruder Film: Seeting but Not Believing 207
Evidence ... or Not? The Zapruder Film: Can it be Trusted? 211
The Case for Zapruder Film Tampering: The Blink Pattern 221
The Wounding of Governor John Connally 239
The JFK Assassination Reenactment: Questioning the Warren Commission's Evidence 249
Special Effects in the Zapruder Film: How the Film of the Century was Edited 263
Epilogue 345
Assassination Science and the Language of Proof 349
Postscript 373
Apologists and Critics of the Lone Gunman Theory: Assassination Science and Experts in Post-Modern America 377
App. A Observations of JFK Wounds in Trauma Room 1 by Charles Crenshaw 414
App. B FBI Report with Summary of Treatment at Parkland by Kemp Clark 416
App. C Transcript of Parkland Press Conference, 3:16 P.M., 22 November 1963 419
App. D Signed State of Texas Certificate of Death for John Fitzgerald Kennedy 428
App. E Unsigned State of Texas Certificate of Death for John Fitzgerald Kennedy 429
App. F Bethesda Naval Hospital Report of Autopsy on John Fitzgerald Kennedy 430
App. G Supplementary Report of Autopsy on John Fitzgerald Kennedy 436
App. H Warren Commission Diagrams of JFK Wounds 438
App. I Certificate of Death for JFK prepared by Admiral George G. Burkley 439
App. J Partial Transcript of Warren Commission Testimony of Malcolm Perry 440
App. K House Select Committee on Assassinations JFK Autopsy Drawings 441
App. L JFK Autopsy Photographs Corresponding to HSCA JFK Autopsy Drawings 443
App. M CIA Dispatch, "Countering Criticism of the Warren Report", 1 April 1967 444
App. N CIA Advertisement for Photographers 447
Index 450
Acknowledgments 460
Contributors 462
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    OK, but Too Drawn-Out

    I agree that there¿s no way Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone if at all in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. And this is from a right-wing Conservative! However, this book is too repetitive, full of misspellings, and the interior design is very reader-unfriendly (the switching of fonts and type sizes, etc.). The book is filled with extremely interesting points, but, unfortunately, it is all balanced out with very hard-to-understand medical talk, etc. It took me a very long time to finish the book, which was recommended by a friend, because it was so difficult to read. I refused to read MURDER IN DEALEY PLAZA because once I finished ASSASINATION SCIENCE, I perused the former, only to find it too similar in all the aspects listed above. We already know most of the points brought up in the book; a paper from each of the contributors would have been more effective.

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