Subject: June 4, 1998 meeting
Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 10:10:33 -0400
From: AnthonyMarsh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Eileen Sullivan <Eileen_Sullivan@jfk-arrb.gov>
I just received a notice from the ARRB about the June 4, 1998 meeting.
I am worried that this meeting may be the last opportunity to raise issues
about citizen suggestions of which JFK assassination materials the ARRB
should locate and acquire. Several researchers were hoping to compile a
list of suggestions and present it as a united effort. But I fear that
events and time will delay that effort past an unknown cutoff date. So, I
am submitting my own list in hopes that these items may be considered at
the June 4, 1998 meeting.
1. The Dallas Police Department tape of the motorcade on channel 1 which
was recorded on November 22, 1963, especially that portion which covered
the time frame of the shooting in Dealey Plaza. I have filed many FOIA
requests for that tape and all of the agencies have refused to release the
tape. A couple of years ago, I visited the National Archives and searched
through the HSCA collection of tapes and found that the DPD tape was missing.
When I asked about it, I was told that it was locked up in a safe and would
not be released to me. Independent researchers deserve the chance to
analyze the tape for themselves, especially since the US Department of
Justice declined to do so when the HSCA suggested that further analysis be
2. All research materials and work product from the acoustical firm of
Bolt, Beranek and Newman, and scientists Weiss and Aschkenasy from Queens
College, New York. The quality of the reproductions of these materials in the
HSCA volumes is so poor that serious research can not be accomplished using
them. And some exhibits could not be included in the volumes, such as the
strip charts of acoustical data and raw computer files. But now the
National Archives does have the ability to reproduce such materials.
Likewise, all research materials and work product from the National Academy of Sciences'
Committee on Ballistic Acoustics, including private studies done by its panel
members, such as raw computer files from Richard Garwin at the Tom Watson Research
Center at IBM. Although Garwin's paper had stated that he would make available
a copy of his raw computer files, he has refused to make them available to me
because I believe there was a conspiracy.
3. President Kennedy's brain. This is pure speculation on my part, but if
I don't tell you then you can claim that you had never considered the idea.
I do not believe that President Kennedy's brain was reburied with his body,
but there may be some non-invasive way to examine the grave site to determine
if it was at all possible, without the need to seek an exhumation order.
Several years ago, scientists were able to examine historic graves without
disturbing them at a historic church at St. Mary's City. The same technique
or a similar technique might be used to find out if there are any additional
objects in the grave. I would also suggest that a representative contact
the Boston Archdiocese and request that it search its holding. Living in the
Boston area for so many years, I have seen how closely affiliated the Kennedy
family was with the Catholic church. Now, I don't know enough about Catholic
doctrine to know if the Kennedy family would destroy the brain, but
perhaps they would have felt that destroying it would have been against their
religious beliefs and they would have sought the counsel of their friend
Cardinal Cushing. Most large Dioceses have very secure vaults where the most
Holy Relics are kept. Cardinal Cushing could have placed the container in one
of those vaults. And presumably placing it in such a vault would keep the
material safe from any government jurisdiction.
4. Do you want researchers and authors to submit copies of their books,
articles, and research materials for the benefit of future researchers?
Or would this be so unwieldy and open up such a can of worms that you
would rather not send out a request? Researchers already voluntarily
give materials and books to the Kennedy Library and the National Archives, but
should those be considered JFK records?
If there is a cutoff date for suggestions, please send out an advisory.
10 Webster Ave. Apt. 1-2
Somerville, MA 02143
Subject: Re: June 4, 1998 meeting Date: Wed, 03 Jun 1998 17:19:05 -0400 From: AnthonyMarsh <email@example.com> To: Eileen Sullivan <Eileen_Sullivan@jfk-arrb.gov> Eileen Sullivan wrote: > > Dear Mr. Marsh: > > Thank you for your note and for your suggestions. I have forwarded it to > the appropriate staff members. > > The meeting on June 4, 1998, is an open meeting. It is not a hearing, and > there will be no testimony from witnesses. The Board will simply be > conducting business in public, and the Board members will be discussing > possible recommendations for the final report that have arisen out of the > Review Board's experiences in releasing records. > > The Board is soliciting written comments and recommendations from the > public about this issue, and all written submissions should be sent to the > Review Board offices by July 1, 1998. > > With regard to suggestions from the public about specific materials that it > believes the Board should locate and acquire, there is no cut-off date, > however, keep in mind that the ARRB's mandate expires on September 30, > 1998. > > I hope this clears up any misunderstandings about testimony from witnesses > and deadlines. > > Sincerely, > > Eileen Sullivan Thank you, Eileen, for the quick and helpful reply. I have thought of one more thing which the ARRB should at least consider looking for, but it is quite speculative and I am not even sure how they would look for it. 5. There may be a tape recording of the autopsy at Bethesda Hospital. In most autopsies the coroner or autopsy doctor makes a cassette tape recording of the whole procedure. If someone can prove that thousands of such tape recordings were made of autopsy prior November 22, 1963 at Bethesda, that makes it highly likely that such a recording was made of President Kennedy's autopsy. If so, it may still exist in the records at Bethesda or at a Naval facility, or possibly it is in Dr. Humes' possession. Reportedly, Dr. Humes was questioned by press and researchers after his HSCA testimony and he remarked that the HSCA had their chance and blew it. Perhaps he was referring to the fact that the HSCA had a chance to ask him on the record if he had made a tape recording of the autopsy and they simply overlooked that possibility. So, I do not want the ARRB to simply overlook that possibility. Anthony Marsh 10 Webster Ave. Apt. 1-2 Somerville, MA 02143 617-625-8554There are some interesting items in the list of almost 300 exhibits. One which caught my eye was MD 74 (M), which is unavailable for public release until September 30th. A few years ago I was attending a COPA conference at which various authors were debating the interpretation of the skull X-rays. I helped arrange a private meeting between Dr. David Mantik and Dr. Randy Robertson. I suggested to both of them that one thing which would help clarify their positions would be for them each to obtain a life-sized plastic model of a human skull and mark on them (independently, of course) what they think is the extent of the skull wound. Dr. Mantik belittled my suggestion and stated that serious investigations do not operate that way. Well, guess what MD 74 (M) is?
So, what did the ARRB do in its investigation? It had Dr. Boswell mark the location of the head wound on a life-sized plastic model of a human skull. I can't wait to see what the skull looks like. Now the only problem will be trying to figure how to put that skull illustration onto a web site. Another drawing of the skull wound which we have never seen before was made by a witness that no one had ever located before. The ARRB found a photo lab technician named Saundra Spencer who remembered developing what may be a second set of pictures taken of the dead President. Her recollection of the head wound is quite different from previous versions. Her drawing is MD 148.
Now, to the depositions themselves. I will
not try to discuss them in order of importance. What may seem important
to me may be trivial to you. I will go through them page by page where
I found something that I thought was interesting. The first deposition
in the packet is from FBI Special Agent James W. Sibert. One of Special
Agent Sibert's pet peeves is the incompetence of the Warren Commission
staff. In particular he claims that Arlen Specter deliberately lied about
what Sibert had said and falsified the record.
Likewise, Jerrol Custer has been well covered
by Lifton. But Pierre Finck is the odd-man hypothesis. Here is a condensed
version of the third autopsist's memory:
Q. Is your name Pierre Finck?
A. I don't remember.
Q. On November 22, 1963 did you perform an autopsy on President Kennedy?
A. I don't remember.
Q. Where do you live?
A. I don't remember.Thank goodness the ARRB had all the original autopsy materials available to occassionally refresh Dr. Finck's memory. It seems that Dr. Finck did indeed take notes during the autopsy, but Dr. Humes collected them at the end of the autopsy and then took them home to burn them in his fireplace.