JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda: The Ultimate Kennedy Assassination Compendium

JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda: The Ultimate Kennedy Assassination Compendium

by Vincent Palamara


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JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda: The Ultimate Kennedy Assassination Compendium by Vincent Palamara

An all-in-one resource containing more than 15 years of research on the JFK assassination
A map through the jungle of statements, testimony, allegations, and theories relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this compendium gives readers an all-in-one resource for facts from this intriguing slice of history. The book, which took more than 15 years to research and write, includes details on all of the most important aspects of the case, including old and new medical evidence from primary and secondary sources. JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda tackles the hard evidence of conspiracy and cover-up and presents a mass of sources and materials, making it an invaluable reference for anyone with interest in the President Kennedy and his assassination in 1963.

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ISBN-13: 9781634240277
Publisher: Trine Day
Publication date: 11/12/2015
Pages: 188
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Vincent Palamara is the author of Survivor’s Guilt and an expert on the history of the Secret Service. He has appeared on the History Channel, C-SPAN, and numerous newspapers and journals, and his original research materials are stored in the National Archives. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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JFK â" From Parkland to Bethesda

The Ultimate Kennedy Compendeum

By Vincent Michael Palamara

Trine Day LLC

Copyright © 2015 Vincent Michael Palamara
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ISBN: 978-1-63424-028-4


Parkland Hospital

1) Dr. William Kemp "High Pockets" Clark – Chief Neurosurgeon:

1. WR 516-518/ 17 H 1-3 / CE 392 [undated summary; see also 21 H 150-152: Clark's 11/23/63 report to Admiral Burkley with the verbatim summary. In addition, see Assassination Science, pp. 416-418: this is an FBI report dated 11/25/63 which includes the verbatim summary to Burkley from 11/23/63]: "... in the occipital region of the skull ..."; "There was a large wound in the right occipito parietal region ..."; "Both cerebral and cerebellar tissue were extruding from the wound.";

2. WR 524-525/ 17 H 9-10 /CE 392: handwritten report 11/22/63---"The President was bleeding profusely from the back of the head. There was a large (3 x 3 cm) remnant of cerebral tissue present ... there was a smaller amount of cerebellar tissue present also"; "There was a large wound beginning in the right occiput extending into the parietal region ..."

3. Parkland Press conference, 11/22/63, 3:16 PM CST [Assassination Science, pp. 427]: "A missile had gone in or out of the back of his head ... the back of his head ... I was busy with his head wound ... The head wound could have been either the exit wound from the neck or it could have been a tangential wound, as it was simply a large, gaping loss of tissue."

4. New York Times, 11/24/63---"Dr. Kemp Clark ... said that there were two wounds, a traumatic wound in the back of the head and a small entrance wound below the Adam's apple ... He said the [head] wound was 'large with a considerable loss of tissue'" (the same day, The Los Angeles Times reported that "The occipito parietal, which is a part of the back of the head, had a huge flap.");

5. AP article, 11/26/63--- "... said in Dallas today that a bullet did much massive damage at the right rear of the President's head ... A missile had (come or gone) out the back of his head ..."

6. Washington Evening Star, 11/27/63---"Clark ... said in Dallas yesterday that a bullet did such massive damage at the right rear of the President's head that attending surgeons could not tell whether it had entered or come out of the head there."

7. New York Times, 11/27/63: article by John Herbers---" ... Clark, who pronounced Mr. Kennedy dead, said one struck him at about the necktie knot. 'It ranged downward in his chest and did not exit', the surgeon said. The second he called a 'tangential wound' caused by a bullet that struck the 'right back of his head'";

8. CBS, NBC, the BBC, and L'Express quoted Dr. Clark as saying that the bullet had entered Kennedy's neck from in front and entered the chest [see 6 H 21-30 and "Killing The Truth" , p. 718];

9. January 1964 Texas State Journal of Medicine article "Three Patients at Parkland" , pp. 60-74 [pages 63-64](see "Assassination Science", p. 399)---repeats the gist of his 11/22/63 report contents: "Two external wounds, one in the lower third of the anterior neck, the other in the occipital region of the skull, were noted. Through the head wound, blood and brain were extruding ... he noted a ragged wound of the trachea immediately below the larynx ... Dr. Clark noted that the President had bled profusely from the back of the head. There was a large (3 by 3 cm.) amount of cerebral tissue present on the cart. There was a smaller amount of cerebellar tissue present also ... Because of the likelihood of mediastinal injury, anterior chest tubes were placed in both pleural spaces ... There was a large wound beginning in the right occiput extending into the parietal region. Much of the right posterior skull, at brief examination, appeared gone. ... Both cerebral and cerebellar tissue were extruding from the wound.";

10. 6 H 20, 26, and 29/ testimony---"I then examined the wound in the back of the President's head. This was a large, gaping wound in the right posterior part, with cerebral and cerebellar tissue being damaged and exposed."; " ... the loss of cerebellar tissue ... The loss of the right occipital [lobe] ..."; "... in the right occipital region of the President's skull, from which considerable blood loss had occurred which stained the back of his head ..."; other WC references: WR 53-55, 90, 526, 529; 2 H 39, 81; 3 H 360, 369, 371-376, 381; 6 H 4, 9-13, 40-41, 47-49, 55, 61-62, 64, 67, 70, 74, 81, 114, 141, 145, 148-149; 17 H 11, 14; 20 H 5; 21 H 150 -152, 153, 155, 231, 241, 258, 262, 263, 265, 267

11. 11/9/66 interview by David Lifton ("Best Evidence" [hereafter known as "BE"], pp. 300-301)---nothing specific about wounds;

12. "Resident and Staff Physician", May 1972 issue, p. 60: article by Dr. John K. Lattimer entitled "Observations Based on A Review of the Autopsy Photographs, X-Rays, and Related Materials of the Late President John F. Kennedy "---" ... some other explanation seemed more likely for the President's major sideways lurch to the left, with its slight backwards component. It seemed to the author, after consultation with neurosurgeon Kemp Clark, who had declared the President dead, that the prime speculative possibility would be the opisthotonos-like reaction of the body, often seen immediately after acute, severe cerebral injuries, because of the massive downward discharge of nerve impulses.";

13. "JFK: Conspiracy of Silence" by Dr. Charles Crenshaw (1992), page 87---nickname "High Pockets" [NOTE: all references for this work can also be found, albeit on a different page, in Crenshaw's updated work entitled "Trauma Room One" (2001)];

14. "Killing The Truth", p. 702---"Although I [Livingstone] had no interview, Dr. Kemp Clark passed a verbal message to me in his outer office that the picture of the back of the head was inaccurate."

15. 1/5/94, 1/20/94, and 1/28/94 interviews with David Naro [see COPA 1994 abstract]: "The lower right occipital region of the head was blown out and I saw cerebellum. In my opinion, the wound was an exit wound ... a large hole in the back of the President's head ... blown out";

16. [Unanswered letter from Vince Palamara 1998]

17. "Murder In Dealey Plaza" by James Fetzer (2000), pages 56, 63, 68, 177, 179, 193-197, 199, 240, 259, 298

18. "JFK Absolute Proof" by Robert Groden (2013), page 153: Clark is pictured with a nice summary of his statements

2) Dr. Malcolm Oliver "Mac" Perry, Attending Surgeon (deceased 12/5/2009):

1. WR 521-522/ 17 H 6-7/ CE392: report written 11/22/63---"A large wound of the right posterior cranium ...";

2. Parkland press conference, 11/22/63 [see "Assassination Science", pp. 419-427; silent film clip used in "Reasonable Doubt" video (1988), "20/20" (4/92), etc.]---"There was an entrance wound in the neck ... It appeared to be coming at him ... The wound appeared to be an entrance wound in the front of the throat; yes, that is correct. The exit wound, I don't know. It could have been the head or there could have been a second wound of the head." (Apparently, based off this conference, the Associated Press dispatch on 11/22/63 stated that Dr. Perry "said the entrance wound was in the front of the head," while all the AP wires for this day stated that JFK had a large hole in the "back" of his head.);

3. UPI report published in the "New York World Telegram & Sun", 11/22/63 (see also the 11/23/63 "San Francisco Chronicle" [Groden's "The Killing of a President" [hereafter known as TKOAP], p. 76]): "There was an entrance wound below his Adam's apple. There was another wound in the back of his head."

4. Filmed interview by Bob Welch, WBAP-TV/ NBC (Texas News), 11/23/63 [available on the video "Kennedy In Texas" (1984) and, in edited form, on "The Two Kennedys" (1976)]---"He had a severe, lethal wound"; "There was a neck wound anteriorly and a large wound of his head in the right posterior area."; "passage of the bullet through the neck"; "chest tubes were put in place"; mentions the presence of Drs. Seldin and Bashour [this was the second conference that weekend---21 H 265: "this was a final conference to give reporters who had missed earlier conferences a chance to hear from (the) medical team and to answer their questions."];

5. 22 H 832: reprint of article from "New York Herald Tribune", 11/23/63--- "... Dr. Malcolm Perry ... said he saw two wounds---one below the Adam's apple, the other at the back of the head. He said he did not know if two bullets were involved. It is possible, he said, that the neck wound was the entrance and the other the exit of the missile."

6. "New York Times" , 11/23/63: article written by Tom Wicker (rode in the Dallas motorcade): "Mr. Kennedy was hit by a bullet in the throat, below the Adam's apple ... This wound had the appearance of a bullet's entry. Mr. Kennedy also had a massive, gaping wound in the back and on the right side of the head ... A missile had gone in and out the back of his head causing external lacerations and loss of brain tissue."[see also "Seeds of Doubt: Some Questions About the Assassination" by Jack Minnis and Staughton Lynd, 12/63: they quote from this article, as well];

7. "Los Angeles Times" , 11/24/63: article by Jimmy Breslin---"The incision had to be made below the bullet wound."; "There was a mediastinal wound ... in connection with the bullet hole in the chest. "Emphasis added: see reference "j") below; also, the "New York Herald Tribune" for 12/19/63 stated," ... the first bullet lodged in Kennedy's lung."];

8. "Dallas Times Herald" , 11/24/63 [see p. 35 of Jesse Curry's 1969 book entitled "JFK Assassination File"] Perry said that JFK "was dead for all practical purposes when he arrived in the emergency room ... It was obvious he never knew what hit him."; "Staff doctors at Parkland Hospital in Dallas said only that the sniper's bullet pierced the mid-section of the front part of his neck and emerged from the top of his skull. The White House sources said they understood that one bullet hit Kennedy in the neck area. He bent forward, turned his head and was struck in the skull by the second bullet."

9. "Boston Globe" , 11/24/63: article by Herbert Black [see also "Cover-Up" by Stewart Galanor, p. 30]: Dr. Perry said he observed an exit wound "despite the fact the assassin shot from above down onto the President."

10. "New York Times" , 11/28/63---Perry saw the gaping wound in the President's skull, and he new that it was mortal. "He said he believed the President had two wounds---a massive one in the back of the head and a small, circular wound in the neck.";

11. "The Saturday Evening Post" , 12/14/63, article by Jimmy Breslin entitled "A Death in Emergency Room No. One" ---he observed damage to the cerebellum; "There was a mediastinal wound in connection with the bullet hole in the throat. "[emphasis added: compare to reference "g)" above]; the President's clothing included a "T -shirt".[the 11/30/63 "New York Times" mentioned an "undershirt"];

12. January 1964 Texas State Journal of Medicine article "Three Patients at Parkland", p. 62---repeats the gist of his 11/22/63 report: "A small wound was noted in the midline of the neck, in the lower third anteriorly. It was exuding blood slowly. A large wound of the right posterior cranium was noted, exposing severely lacerated brain."

13. 6 H 9, 11, and 15 / testimony (3/25/64)---"I noted there was a large wound of the right posterior parietal area in the head exposing lacerated brain ... a large avulsive injury of the right occipitoparietal area in which both scalp and portions of skull were absent ..."; the throat wound was "between 3 and 5 mm in size.";

13. 3 H 368 and 372 / testimony (3/30/64)--- "... there was a large avulsive wound on the right posterior cranium ..."; "I noted a large avulsive wound of the right parietal occipital area ..."; other WC references: WR 53-54, 89-91, 517, 518, 519, 523, 524, 525, 526, 529, 536-537, 539; 1 H 162; 2 H 39, 41, 361-363 [Humes: "Doctor Perry told me that before he enlarged it to make the tracheotomy wound it was a 'few millimeters in diameter.'"], 367-368, 371-373; 3 H 360, 363; 6 H 2-5, 20-23, 29, 31-33, 35, 37-38, 40-41, 44, 47, 52-54, 56, 59, 64, 69-73, 76, 79-80, 83, 114, 141, 145, 149; 17 H 2-4, 8-11, 14, 21-22, 29, 31, 39; 20 H 333; 21 H 151-152, 185-186, 205, 265;

14. 10/27/66: interview with David Lifton ["BE", pages 238 and 706]---Perry's tracheostomy incision through the existing wound was "2-3 cm";

15. Part 2 of "CBS News Inquiry: The Warren Report" 6/26/67 (Eddie Barker interview)-"I noted a wound when I came into the room, which was of the right posterior portion of the head ..."; "[JFK] had been previously started on intravenous fluids and blood, and given hydrocortisone by Dr. Carrico; and assisted respiration was in progress."

16. "JFK Assassination File" by DPD Chief Jesse Curry (1969), page 34---"As Dr. Perry took charge he sized up the situation. A small neat wound was in the throat. The back of the head was massively damaged and blood from this wound covered the floor and the aluminum hospital cart. Dr. Perry examined the throat wound and assessed it as the entrance wound ... at the time Dr. Perry insisted that the President was shot from the front----entering at the throat and exiting out the back of the head.";

17. 1-11-78, (audiotaped) interview with HSCA's Andrew Purdy (7 HSCA 292-293; 302; 312 re: neck)---"Dr. Perry ... believed the head wound was located on the 'occipital parietal' region of the skull and that the right posterior aspect of the skull was missing ..."; "... the parietal occipital head wound was largely avulsive and there was visible brain tissue in the macard and some cerebellum seen ..."; "I thought it [the neck wound] looked like an entrance wound because it was so small."

18. 1979 interview with Robert Groden ["BE", p. 706; Groden's "TKOAP", p. 77 (includes photo of Perry)]---photos of neck and head wound not as he remembered them to be: his trach was "neater", and not the "larger, expanded" one seen in the pictures. Also, the head wound more closely matched the Dr. McClelland drawing in "Six Seconds in Dallas" ; "When interviewed in 1979, he still maintained that the bullet had entered the President's throat from the front ..."

19. 1979 interview by Jeff Price, "Baltimore Sun," 11/18/79 entitled "The Bullets Also Destroyed Our Confidence" "[as reported in "High Treason", p. 47 (Berkley edition) and "Killing The Truth", p. 702]---the official autopsy picture of the back of the skull was not accurate and did not show the head wound as he saw it: "Earlier this year, during an investigation by the Sun, one doctor [Perry] who had been given access to copies of the [autopsy] photos said the president's head wounds in the pictures were not consistent with what he recalled seeing that day 16 years ago.";

21. 8/10/79 interview by Harry Livingstone ("High Treason 2" , p. 121 and "Killing The Truth" , p. 118)---"My whole credibility as a trauma surgeon was at stake ... I COULDN'T have made a mistake like that [re: entrance wound allegedly being an exit wound]. It destroys my integrity if I don't know an entrance wound from an exit wound!"; "he has told me often enough that what he said in 1963 stands.";

22. Letter to Livingstone 12/21/81 ("High Treason 2", p. 121): "I've never verified nor challenged the accuracy of any photos.";

23. 8/29/89 letter to Joanne Braun ("The Third Decade", March 1991): "There was no incision or indentation [in the right forehead] ... One of the problems was that there was so much damage to the skull and the scalp that the entire scalp and hair were displaced, sagging slightly forward and to the side, and of course this made it appear that there was something really there. You must recognize that the parietal occipital bone was shattered and parts of it were missing which allowed the scalp to be displaced anteriorly."

24. 6/14/91 interview with Livingstone ("High Treason 2" , p. 572)---photo of neck accurate but distended due to the flexion of the neck;

25. Photo in "JFK: Conspiracy of Silence" by Dr. Crenshaw;

26. Interview with Dr. Robert Artwohl---said the throat wound was an entrance wound;

27. 5/19/92 press conference, as reported in the 5/20/92 "New York Times": article by Dr. Lawrence K. Altman entitled "Doctors Affirm Kennedy Autopsy Report" --- five doctors who attended JFK at Parkland maintained that they observed nothing to contradict the findings of two pathologist who performed the autopsy [see "The Man Who Knew Too Much" by Dick Russell (1992), p. 787, footnote 22];

28. JAMA May 27, 1992: "JFK's Death, Part II, Dallas Mds Recall Their Memories" [includes a photo of Perry]: "made a ... large incision" and the autopsy photos are "very compatible" with the way he left the incision; Re: Crenshaw: "I do not remember even seeing him in the room". [!]; JAMA articles:

29. 4/2/92 interview with Gerald Posner for "Case Closed", p. 312---" … like everyone else, I saw it back there. It [the head wound] was in the occipital/ parietal area." BUT "I did not see any cerebellum" (!?)


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Title Page,
Copyright page,
Parkland Hospital,
Interlude: regarding Kinney and the limousine,
Interlude re: CE 399,

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