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JFK Medical Evidence Archive
Volume I: Assassination Records Review Board Medical Releases

Price: $40

Product Code: CD-JFKMEA1


This digital archive contains over 4000 pages of documents bearing on the medical evidence in the JFK assassination. Also included are document summaries, articles to provide overview and perspective, and hyperlinks to tie it all together. ore than just an archive of documents, this CD-ROM is a powerful research tool.

Detailed List of Contents

1998 Releases of the Assassination Records Review Board:

  • Transcripts of 12 ARRB depositions conducted in 1996-98:
    • James J. Humes. Humes was the lead prosector at JFK's autopsy.
    • J. Thorton Boswell. Boswell assisted Dr. Humes.
    • Pierre Finck. Finck, an Army ballistics expert, was the 3rd autopsy doctor.
    • John Stringer. Stringer was the primary photographer at the autopsy, and at a supplemental brain exam.
    • Floyd Riebe. Riebe was an assistant photographer at the autopsy.
    • Jerroll Custer. Custer took X-rays at the autopsy.
    • Edward Reed. Reed assisted Custer in the taking of X-rays.
    • James Sibert. Sibert was one of two FBI agents who witnessed the autopsy.
    • Francis O'Neill Jr. O'Neill was the second FBI agent present at the autopsy.
    • Robert Groden. Groden was a photographic consultant to the HSCA.
    • Saundra Kay Spencer. Spencer processed JFK autopsy photographs the weekend after the assassination.
    • Group interview of 5 Dallas physicians. Five of the Parkland Hospital physicians involved in JFK's failed life-saving treatment were interviewed together.
  • ARRB's "Master Set" of medical exhibits, used in the above depositions. The 264 documents include transcripts of previous testimony, Navy documents, letters, and other exhibits presented to interviewees.
  • ARRB medical illustrations. This collection of medical illustrations was also used during the depositions.

Additional Reports and Documents:

  • HSCA Report Appendix VII: Medical and Firearms Evidence. This roughly 400-page report forms the HSCA's medical case for two shots from the rear.
  • Warren Commission and Rockefeller Commission Excerpts. Relevant excerpts from the medical summaries of these two investigations are included.
  • Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board. The ARRB's final report unfortunately paid little attention to its own stunning medical depositions.
  • Testimony of Dr. Pierre Finck and the Clay Shaw Trial. Dr. Finck, one of the three JFK autopsy doctors, told of being ordered not to dissect JFK's neck by an "Army General."
  • New documents dealing with the "sea burial" of JFK's coffin. The National Archives released in 1999 documents which relate to the decision to dispose of the ceremonial casket used to transport JFK's body from Dallas to Washington. This casket was dropped by military aircraft into 9000 feet of water in early 1966.
  • Other reports and documents. These include the Clark Panel's 1968 report, an ARRB staff report accompanying the July 31, 1998 release of the medical materials, a portion of HSCA Appendix VI, and an excerpt from an interesting Warren Commission executive session transcript.

Articles and a book excerpt:

  • Excerpt from Cover-up by Stewart Galanor. Two chapters dealing with the medical evidence are excerpted, along with accompanying illustrations.
  • How Three Investigations Got it Wrong, by Dr. Gary Aguilar and Kathleen Cunningham.
  • A Reevaluation of the Head Wounds in the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy: Evidence of a Second Gunshot, by Dr. Randolph H. Robertson.
  • Were the Kennedy Autopsy X-rays Forged?, by Dr. David Mantik.
  • The New Medical Evidence in the JFK Assassination, by Rex Bradford.
  • Substantial Evidence in Support of the Examination of Two Different Brain Specimens Following President Kennedy's Autopsy, by Douglas Horne.
  • Traces of Witness Tampering, by Milicent Cranor.
  • On the Rim of the Black Hole, by Milicent Cranor.
  • The Third Wound, by Milicent Cranor.
  • The Formation of the Clark Panel: More of the Secret Team at Work?, by Lisa Pease.
  • The Culture of the ARRB, by Douglas Horne.

Ten illuminating memos written by ARRB senior analyst Doug Horne:

  • Air Force One Audiotapes from November 22, 1963.
  • Chain-of-Custody Study of Autopsy Photographs and X-Rays.
  • Chain-of-Custody Discrepancy Re: Original Copy of President John F. Kennedy's Autopsy Protocol.
  • More on Chain-of-Custody Discrepancy Re: Original Copy of President John F. Kennedy's Autopsy Protocol.
  • Wrapping up ARRB Efforts to "Clarify the Record" Re: The Medical Evidence in the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
  • Resolution of Questions Posed by Apparent Anomalies in the Digitized Version of Autopsy Photograph No. 43.
  • Requested Lists of Information Re: All of ARRB's Medical Witnesses, and All New ARRB Medical Evidence Not Previously in JFK Collection.
  • Questions Regarding Supplementary Brain Examination(s) Following the Autopsy on President John F. Kennedy.
  • Kodak Pro Bono Work With Autopsy Images: Input for Staff Medical Memo.
  • Unanswered Questions Raised by the HSCA's Analysis and Conclusions Regarding the Camera Identified by the Navy and the Department of Defense as the Camera Used at President Kennedy's Autopsy.

Medical Illustrations and Photographs:

  • Autopsy Photographs and X-Rays. Though the originals are still unavailable to the public, these copies are from the "Fox" set which has made its way into the public domain. Medical experts who have viewed the originals have stated that the Fox set appears to be identical to the originals.
  • Additional Medical Images. Additional high-quality copies of Warren Commission medical exhibits and HSCA medical drawings are also on the CD-ROM.


  • High-quality scanned images. Documents are stored in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), which features exact visual reproduction in combination with text searchability. The Adobe Acrobat Reader is used for viewing.
  • Instant text searching. Full-text search of the entire collection of reports and documents (over 4000 pages in all).
  • Help tutorial, overview material, and more. Helpful tutorial pages, introductory material on the medical evidence, information on National Archives, and more
  • Print Options. Print individual pages or entire documents

System Requirements

  • PC with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, or XP, or Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (included