A new documentary reveals new claims from the doctors who tended to President John F. Kennedy on the day of his assassination, challenging a key aspect of the official narrative and shedding new light on one of the most scrutinized events in American history.
“JFK: What the Doctors Saw,” a documentary produced by Jacquelynn Lueth and featured on Paramount+, reveals testimony from several doctors who were present in the emergency room at Parkland Hospital on November 22, 1963.
The doctors, with extensive experience in treating gunshot wounds, raised serious doubts about the Warren Commission’s conclusion that a single “magic bullet” fired by Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for Kennedy’s death.
Lueth was responsible for conducting interviews with seven doctors from Parkland for the film. She recently published an article for CBS News, noting that the doctors’ memories were remarkably sharp, despite 60 years having passed between the events of that day and now.
“Their recollections were precise and clear, as if the intervening decades had melted away. Each of them reacted strongly when the autopsy pictures were projected on a screen,” Lueth wrote. “They didn’t agree on everything, but it became obvious that the way the president looked at Parkland did not match the autopsy photos taken at Bethesda even before the official autopsy began.”
“The doctors at Parkland had extensive experience in treating gunshot wounds and had no agenda other than trying to save the president’s life. Those who saw the wound in the president’s neck believed it was an entrance wound. Several of them saw a gaping hole in the back of JFK’s head,” she continued
This suggested the possibility that multiple shooters were there on the day of the assassination, challenging the official tale that Oswald acted alone. The documentary includes a clip from Dr. Malcolm Perry, the surgeon who attended to Kennedy, who alleges that he was warned by an individual, believed to be a Secret Service agent, to never claim that the wound to Kennedy’s throat was an entrance wound.
“When [Dr. Perry] left the room, someone came up to him who Dr. Perry thought maybe was a Secret Service man, and he told Dr. Perry, ‘You must never, ever say that was an entrance wound again if you know what’s good for you,’” the documentary alleges.
The insights are the latest in a string of new information revealed by individuals involved in the aftermath of the assassination. The doctors’ testimony, among many others, continues to fuel the ongoing debate about what really happened in Dallas on that fateful day.
Earlier this year, former U.S. Secret Service agent Paul Landis, who was near Kennedy during the assassination, came forward contesting the “magic bullet” theory. In an interview with The New York Times, Landis recalled finding a bullet in near-perfect condition in the back seat of Kennedy’s limousine.
“There was nobody there to secure the scene, and that was a big, big bother to me,”Landis said. “All the agents that were there were focused on the president.”
“This was all going on so quickly. And I was just afraid that — it [the bullet] was a piece of evidence, that I realized right away. Very important. And I didn’t want it to disappear or get lost.”
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