JFK Deep Politics Quarterly
JFK Shot From Two Directions
by Walt Brown with Randy Robertson, M.D.
Randy Robertson, M.D., a radiologist based inTennessee, put the issue of the number
of bullets,angles, and shooters in the JFK case in national headlines again when
he gave a lecture on the case prior to the thirty-second anniversary on November
22,1995. His materials were picked up in a local paper, and from there, it made the AP wire
service. Thereafter, of course, it fell off the planet in spite of theserious yet
cautious scholarship on which it is based.
Interestingly, but not surprisingly, the talk which generated the headlines was all
but identical to thepresentation given at COPA 1995, which, thanks to theindifference
of the national media to such things asconspiracies involving the deaths of presidents, received scant notice.
Dr. Robertson's numerous theses, while well grounded in medical research on a plane
few are able to equal, will no doubt find detractors within the critical community.
His findings, which he shared with me on the telephone in early December "put
us into a new framework. Now it's not maybe
conspiracy, maybe no conspiracy. Now it's definitely
conspiracy and what is needed to complete the answers and fill in the remainder of
the puzzle is the
who. This scientifically proves there was a shooter in the front and one in the rear."
Dr. Robertson makes his statements with a great deal of conviction.
As noted earlier, a great many of his findings were stated at the medical panel at
COPA '95, and a complete abstract is available through COPA, as is the videotape
of his presentation. It is highly recommended.
Among his findings: the x-rays and supportive testimony suggest that the bullet that
entered the President's back exited from the front of his neck; (Dr. Robertson,
however, goes no further with the "magic bullet.") he argues that the autopsy pathologists at Bethesda "falsely claimed ignorance of the presence of the throat wound during
the course of the autopsy" (COPA abstract); he also adds that some dissection was
done to the neck area although the autopsists testified that such was not the case;
he argues that the Clark Panel indeed found a bullet wound in the top of the head, but
it was not the bullet wound found low in the back of the head at autopsy, and therefore
a second head wound. Robertson goes on to say that the autopsists were quite aware
of the presence of both head wounds on the night of the autopsy, but to testify to
both would have changed the course of history.
Robertson insists that the materials we have seen are authentic: the x-rays (citing
recent restudy by Dr. David Mantik, seen by some as preeminent in his field), the
photos, and the films of the assassination. What Robertson sees as confusing is
the interpretation of what is presented in those materials.
The "Harper fragment," he insists, cannot be occipital bone, because the occipital
bone is present in the x-rays. Robertson believes it to be from the anterior aspect
of the right parietal bone. Addressing the bone fragments, Robertson notes that
in Z313, two fragments fly forward, suggesting energy from behind as the causation. An
additional fragment goes down and forward in Z314. Yet an additional fragment clearly
went backward, as shown in both the Zapruder and Nix films, and was retrieved from
the trunk of the limousine by Mrs. Kennedy. This, according to Robertson, is from a near-simultaneous
second, tangential shot, that entered on the right side of the head, left the trail
of metal seen in the x-rays, and pushed back a cap of skull and removed a fragment. This fragment is referred to as the "late arriving fragment," which, according
to Boswell, Kellerman, Ebersole, and Sibert and O'Neill, fit into the rear of the
The confusion, according to Robertson, arises when one views the rear of the head
photos, which show the rear of the head to be intact. That is so because the fragment
came from the top of the rear of the head (as the line of dust-like particles would
indicate), and although the scalp tore, it remained intact, and is being pulled forward
as those photos are taken. The top of the head photos, Robertson insists, provide
a far better perspective of the damage to the scalp.
The cerebellum was intact. There was no reason for the autopsists to lie about that
when they said the entrance wound was very near that structure. (Ed. Note: There
is still a strong sense of cerebellar damage in the testimony of the Parkland doctors.)
Robertson also notes that the 6.5mm bullet fragment in the back of the head, only
learned of publicly years later, was known about on the night of the autopsy, and
that the autopsists realized, given a low head entry, that such a fragment at the
top of the head would have to have come from a second bullet.
Robertson buttresses this claim with references to Admiral Burkley, the President's
physician, who refused to give agreement or disagreement to the number of shots that
hit the president when he gave his oral history interview for the "Kennedy Library."
Robertson also notes that there are no metal fragments near the site of the HSCA entry,
although we have been asked by the government to believe that the existing line of
dust-like fragments is in a direct line from Humes' stated "low-rear" head entry
to the right-front exit. Robertson says it just isn't so: the line is from a front entry
towards a rear exit.
Author's notes: I took an intense interest in this event as soon as my phone started
ringing off the hook when the AP carried the news. I had seen Dr. Robertson's presentation
at COPA '94, and had cited him in my discussion of what the x-rays seemed to show me when they were published recently in Treachery in Dallas. I telephoned Randy
Robertson both to congratulate him on his work and for the ability to get it into
the papers. In addition to materials cited above, he told me that the entrance wound
in the rear is just where Humes, et al, said it was, and that Dale Myers' 3-D study
was additional proof that it could not have been where the HSCA put it.
I pointed out that there was a "defect" shown in the photos, and that the "defect"
was even more pronounced in the Ida Dox "sketches" which appeared in the early version(s)
of Best Evidence. Robertson told me that the "defect" could just as easily be the exit of the missile, and, interestingly, that Dr. Michael Baden had given Ida Dox
other photos (presumably not of JFK), so she could sketch "real" entry wounds.
I asked Dr. Robertson how, for instance, the second shot, if at all, could rip loose
the cerebral peduncle. He thought that was more likely from the first shot, and as a result
of explosive pressure within the head which, almost volcano-like, rips all material
up and out to relieve the pressure. In that volcanic event seen in Z313, a brain
part as low as the cerebral peduncle could have been torn although never nicked by any
projectile. Robertson also pointed to the Itek film study, which showed the various
fragments in the Zapruder film, at least one of which went out the back.
Dr. Robertson is to be congratulated for staying with the study he first presented
at the Chicago conference in April of 1993. There have been bumps in the road, to
be sure, but his research is paying off. If any readers have questions for Randy
Robertson, please place them on an index card and forward them to the JFK/ DPQ. We will forward them to him and publish both the questions and answers in a subsequent
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