ARRB Purdy Interview Audio

 

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Donald A. "Andy" Purdy was a staff member for the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Purdy, along with fellow staffer Mark Flanagan, conducted most of the medical interviews for the HSCA. Only the three autopsy doctors and radiologist John Ebersole appear to have been interviewed directly by the HSCA's nine-member medical panel. Further, as Purdy lamented in this interview, the interviews with witnesses who did not corroborate the HSCA's medical findings were not included in the published reports. Purdy also discussed with the ARRB staffers the details of the HSCA search for JFK's missing brain, and gave his overall opinions on the case.

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Excerpts

Excerpt 103:35WMAMOVMP3 
ARRB staffers asked Purdy if he had shown the drawings (made from autopsy photos) and X-rays to the Dallas doctors he interviewed. The interview transcripts seem to indicate that he did not, and Purdy had no recollection which would dispute this.
Excerpt 202:23WMAMOVMP3 
Purdy lamented that the interviews he took were not published (and were in fact misrepresented) in the HSCA's published reports, calling this action "embarrassing," "shocking," and "inexcusable."
Excerpt 302:28WMAMOVMP3 
This discussion concerned the issue that many witnesses reported a large hole in the back of Kennedy's head, something not seen in autopsy photos. Purdy disputed Dr. Gary Aguilar's views on the meaning of this.
Excerpt 400:23WMAMOVMP3 
In this short excerpt, Purdy expressed his views on the truthfulness of autopsy doctors Humes and Boswell.
Excerpt 500:46WMAMOVMP3 
This excerpt addresses the question of whether the medical panel left working notes behind.
Excerpt 600:54WMAMOVMP3 
Purdy advised the ARRB to prepare for their upcoming depositions of Humes and Boswell "like you prepare for nothing in your life."
Excerpt 701:41WMAMOVMP3 
Purdy described his impression of Humes and Boswell, and gave more advice to the ARRB on how to handle their depositions.
Excerpt 801:30WMAMOVMP3 
Purdy discussed the controversy of whether the entrance wound in Kennedy's head was located.
Excerpt 900:59WMAMOVMP3 
Purdy described how Dr. Petty took Dr. Humes out of the room during the medical panel interview to "set him straight" on the entrance wound location.
Excerpt 1000:58WMAMOVMP3 
This excerpt elaborates on the Petty-Humes excursion noted in excerpt 9. Also mentioned was Humes' public HSCA recantation of the "low wound" and his 1992 reversal in a JAMA article (Journal of the American Medical Association).
Excerpt 1102:26WMAMOVMP3 
ARRB staff members questioned Purdy for awhile about the HSCA's attempt to find out what had happened to the President's missing brain. In this excerpt, photos of a 1967 reinterment were discussed. See the end of segment 1 and the first several minutes of segment 2 for more discussion of the brain search.
Excerpt 1203:52WMAMOVMP3 
Purdy was asked his opinion of the overall assassination case in 1996, and he gave his reply.
Excerpt 1302:43WMAMOVMP3 
Purdy discussed the issue of how Jack Ruby got into the Dallas Police Department basement to shoot Oswald, focusing on Sergeant Patrick Dean.