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During his presentation, Dr. Jones reported that his personal observations of the wounds the President sustained included a small round wound to the throat and a massive defect to the back of his head. It was his conclusion at that time that the wound to the throat was a wound of entry, an opinion which was shared by other Parkland physicans. At a press conference held that afternoon, for example, Malcolm Perry, M.D., asserted three times that the wound to the throat was a wound of entry. A transcript of that press conference may now be found in ASSASSINATION SCIENCE, edited by James H. Fetzer, conference co-chair.
Stewart Galanor, author of COVER-UP, elaborated some of the paradoxes of the assassination. One is that, since there is extensive evidence of the shot to the throat, while the Warren Commission concluded all the shots had been fired from behind, how could JFK have been shot from in front from behind? And since the trajectory of a head shot advanced by the Warren Commission, when properly oriented to correspond to the position of his head at the time of the shot as the Zapruder film displays, has an upward direction, how could JFK have been shot from below from above? He has elaborated these points in his recent book.
David W. Mantik, M.D., Ph.D., presented evidence that the official account of a shot that passed through the back of the President's neck and exited his throat without hitting any bony structures before impacting Governor John Connally and inflicting several wounds is anatomically impossible because, when the path it would have had to have taken is tracked from official point of entry to official point of exit on a scan of a neck with the dimensions of President Kennedy, it would have had to impact cervical verteba. He has discussed this finding along with studies demonstrating that the official autopsy X-rays have been fabricated by imposing a patch over the large defect to the back of the head on the lateral cranial X-ray and by adding a 6.5 mm metal object to the front-to-rear X-ray in ASSASSINATION SCIENCE, but his earlier discoveries have now been elabored further in a new book, MURDER IN DEALEY PLAZA, also edited by James H. Fetzer.
Presentations by Mantik, by Noel Twyman, author of BLOODY TREASON, and by Peter Dale Scott, Ph.D., author of THE ASSASSINATIONS: DALLAS AND BEYOND, CRIME AND COVER-UP: THE CIA, THE MAFIA, AND THE DALLAS-WATERGATE CONNECTION, COCAINE POLITICS: DRUGS, ARMIES, AND THE CIA IN CENTRAL AMERICA, and DEEP POLITICS AND THE DEATH OF JFK, discussed the difficulty of conveying discoveries about the assassination to the American people, especially via the mass media, due to media reluctance to come to grips with the case and the influence of illusion and denial in presenting evidence that the American government played a role in the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, a difficulty compounded by "the silence of the historians", in Mantik's memorable phrase.
This theme was also apparent in a symposium that included Jim Marrs, author of CROSSFIRE, a principal source for Oliver Stone's film, "JFK", and Charles Drago, who is known as "the conscience of the research community". Marrs discussed some of the policies pursued by the young American President and how poorly they were received by powerful interests in the United States, an analysis that was extended in an evening lecture by George Michael Evica, the author of AND WE ARE ALL MORTAL and former editor of THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION CHRONICLES, a leading journal devoted to the death of JFK.
Drago baldly asserted that anyone who is familiar with the evidence who does not conclude that JFK was killed as the result of a conspiracy is cognitively impaired or complicit in the crime.
A fascinating variety of other presentations included a discussion by Ian Griggs, Executive Secretary of the United Kingdom Dealey Plaza Society and Editor of THE DEALEY PLAZA ECHO, of Lee Oswald's visit to Helsinki in1959, during which he stayed at expensive hotels that raise intriguing questions about his sponsorship. A symposium concerning Chauncey Holt, who has been identified as the third of "three tramps" who were photographed beingescorted through Dealey Plaza after the killing and who has said he prepared 15 sets of forged Secret Service IDs in his role as a contract agent for the CIA, was presented by his wife, Mary Holt, his daughter, Karyn Harcourt, and friends and acquaintances, David Mollering and Gregory Burnham. Their presentations included many photographs and documents that substantiated Chauncey's role.
Many other aspects of the assassination were covered during the meeting, now an annual event sponsored by JFK Lancer Productions.Co-chair Debra Conway expressed pleasure at the quality of the contributions. During the Awards Banquet, Peter Dale Scott, the featured speaker, and Jerry Rose, the editor of THE FOURTH DECADE, another leading assassination journal, were introduced by Kerry McCarthy, a relative of John F. Kennedy and a family historian, who expressed appreciation on behalf of the family for the efforts being expended to discover the truth about the death of her cousin. Conway explained that a new conference was already in the planning stages for presentation next year.
AWARD: JERRY ROSE
In 1996, Jerry presented a compliation of his published studies over the past twelve years called "TWENTY QESTIONS: Loose Ends In The JFK Assassination" where he explained, "Assassination research is replete with unresolved issues of fact raised by various investigations. These are not simply a cluster of "loose ends" which prevent a "tidy" or well-wrapped" factual account of the assassination and its aftermath. Rather, they are more in the nature of threads emanating from the main body of the case. To follow them toward a resolution is, hopefully, to take us toward a more satisfactory solution of the case." Most recently Jerry has published a series of articles in his "Fourth Decade" called "Notes From the Last Millennium" that are required reading for any serious student of the JFK assassination.
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