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JFK Autopsy Records Faulty, Panel Says

August 03, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

Records of the 1963 autopsy performed on John F. Kennedy are incomplete, and the doctors who conducted it undermined the integrity of their work by trying to protect "the privacy and the sensibilities of the president's family," a government review board says. In a look at issues that have given rise to decades of speculation, the Assassination Records Review Board says it is able to finally answer the question about what Navy doctor James Humes did with notes taken during the autopsy and his first draft of the autopsy report. Previously, Humes confirmed that he tossed autopsy papers into the fireplace at his home while writing the report. "Under oath, Dr. Humes, finally acknowledged under persistent questioning . . . that he had destroyed both his notes taken at the autopsy and the first draft of the autopsy report," the board said.

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