Dr. Robert McClelland held JFK’s head as he went into theater at Parkland Hospital after he was gunned down while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible in 1963. Nothing could be done to save the President and he died, aged just 46, 20 minutes after arrival, sparking an unprecedented outpouring of grief across America.
McClelland later drew a rudimentary sketch of the right side of Kennedy’s head and noted the entrance and exit wounds of the bullets, supposedly fired by lone assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. The surgeon noted two different entrance wounds – one low in the neck and one at his hairline – which crucially came from different directions, suggesting there were two separate shooters.
He noted that the horrific fatal wound to the back of the President’s head was from a bullet exiting the skull rather than entering it. This is in conflict to the lone gunman theory as Oswald was behind Kennedy’s motorcade when he fired the shots from the sixth floor of a book depository building.
McClelland has previously questioned the conclusion of the Warren Commission report into the assassination, which found that Oswald acted alone. The respected surgeon’s drawing, which has been put up for auction, appears to support the theory that a second shooter stood on the grassy knoll in front of the motorcade.
McClelland’s sketch, which he signed, shows a large four to five inch exit wound at the back of JFK’s head. This, he suggests, correlates to an entry wound at Kennedy’s hairline, although he admits he didn’t see that wound properly.
Yet, he is adamant that he saw “clearly” another entry wound low in the neck. McClelland believed the first bullet hit Kennedy in the back, not in the front as was assumed at the time. He also insists the second shot hit the iconic Democrat throwing his head violently backward which would only happen if he was struck by a bullet from the front and not above and behind.
The compelling drawing – which has been in the hands of a private collector for years – has emerged for auction 54 years after JFK’s assassination and is tipped to sell for nearly $4,000. Michael Kirk, auctioneer at US-based Nate D. Sanders, which is selling the sketch, said the drawing is credible proof that more than one killer was involved in the infamous assassination.
He said: “McClelland saw Kennedy’s wounds first hand when he was brought into the emergency room and he has always been of the mind that they were consistent with two shooters.
Kennedy was assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible on November 22, 1963. As their vehicle passed the Texas School Book Depository Building, former marine Oswald fired three shots from the sixth floor, fatally wounding President Kennedy. Kennedy was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at Parkland Hospital. He was 46 years old.
Less than an hour after Kennedy was shot, Oswald killed a policeman who questioned him on the street near his dormitory in Dallas. Thirty minutes later, Oswald was arrested in a movie theater by police responding to reports of a suspect.
On November 24, he was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. As Oswald came into the room, nightclub owner Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed revolver. In a twist of fate, McClelland also operated on Oswald after the prime suspect was fatally shot in the abdomen two days later.
The Warren Commission was a nearly year-long investigation led by Chief Justice Earl Warren that concluded Oswald acted alone in assassinating Kennedy and that there was no conspiracy involved. The hotly anticipated auction ends on Thursday.
(What happens to the people with similar gunshot wounds to the head is the bullet enters the skull causing massive damage to the bones and brain underneath, specifically the cerebrum portion of the brain which controls movement, thought, etc.
In the type of head wound that occurred to JFK it is likely that the brain-stem and specifically the Medulla wound not have been heavily damaged as it sits much lower in the skull then where the bullet hit. The Medulla controls basic life functions such as heart rate and breathing.
If that was the case, then it is likely that President Kennedy would have been clinically "alive" until he died from exsanguination. The JFK’s autopsy report estimated clinical death to have occurred 30-40 minutes after the gunshot wound occurred.)
"Bobby (RFK) knows so little about us. One night he began to talk of muffled suspicions and stifled half-certainties, and said to me, 'I had my doubts about a few fellows in your agency, but I don't anymore. I can trust John McCone and I asked the Director if they had killed my brother, and I asked him in a way that he couldn't lie to me, and he said he had looked into it and they hadn't.'"
The retired CIA man then recounted the response from the retired Counterintelligence Chief.
"You know how rarely he laughs aloud. He actually struck his thigh. 'Yes,' he said, 'McCone was just the man to ask.'
"'What,' I asked him, 'Would you have answered?'"
He replied, "I would have told Bobby that if the job was done properly, I would not be able to give a correct answer.'"
(If the ambush in Dallas had been properly planned by CIA men, even other CIA men would not heave been able to figure out who had done it.)