After supposedly killing the United States’ 35th president, Lee Harvey Oswald became one of the most hated people on Earth. However, recent revelations show the ‘bullet fragment’ X-ray used to prosecute the man may have been faked.
According to investigative journalist Jim Marrs, new study of JFK’s autopsy reveals the falsification of X-ray, Natural News reported. The New York Times best-selling author claims that the famous bullet fragment depicted in the autopsy X-ray has been reportedly found to be a faked artefact superimposed on the X-ray after JFK’s autopsy. The X-ray fabrication, which could not have been done without the knowledge of high-level federal officials, was the topic of a recept paper by Dr David Mantik published in Medical Research Archives, an international journal with a focus on new research.
President Lyndon B. Johnson’s commission led by Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren identified Oswald, a former Marine who had tried to defect to Russia in 1959, as the lone assassin of President John F. Kennedy. It was concluded that the killer had used a 6.5mm Italian World War II carbine to shoot the president from the sixth floor of a building in downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963. However, five years later, the U.S. Justice Department chose four prominent medical experts to review the autopsy evidence. The panels’ report concluded that the major findings of the Warren Commission had been correct, but claimed some issues remained in question, such as the location of JFK’s head wound.
Larry Sturdivan, ballistics consultant to the House Select Commission on Assassinations, created in 1976 by the U.S. Congress amid continuing controversy over JFK’s death studied the fragment dubbed “the most curious and unsolved mystery in the history of diagnostic radiology” and concluded it could not be metal, Marrs revealed. Although the HSCA had relied on the fragment’s authenticity as key evidence in connecting the bullet piece to Oswald, Sturdivan was not convinced that the piece he was examining was a cross-section from the interior of a bullet.
The ballistic consultant is not the only person to doubt the authenticity of the bullet though. The three JFK autopsy doctors who testified under oath also claimed they had not seen the fragment during the autopsy. After carefully analysing the fragment which put Oswald behind bars, Dr Mantik noticed it was strangely transparent and later realized it has been added to the X-ray in the darkroom by means of a double exposure of a 6.5mm aperture. He claimed the double exposure produced a significant over-exposure of the 6.5mm image and concluded a well-known Hollywood technique had been used to place the fragment there.
In his paper, Dr Mantik wrote that Dr John H. Ebersole, assistant chief radiologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital, was reportedly the person who had both the means and the opportunity to devise the forgery. Dr Ebersole refused to discuss the artefact with Dr Mantik and died in 1993, shortly after their conversation.
According to a 1992 article which appeared in The New York Times, two pathologists who performed the autopsy on JFK affirmed the late president was hit by two bullets. Dr George Lundberg, editor of the journal, said the interviews were meant to help calm conspiracy theorists’ ardour while Dr James J. Humes, one of the two pathologists, claimed “no significant aspect of the autopsy was left unphotographed.” However, Dr Humes and other medical experts did agree that some of the questions regarding JFK’s assassination would have been avoided if the autopsy had taken place in Dallas, as required by Texas law.