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Dr. Cyril Wecht believes killers of JFK, RFK, MLK had help

Published: Wed, May 1, 2013 @ 12:09 a.m.


Dr. Cyril Wecht, a forensic pathologist who has been a consultant in high-profile cases such as John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., speaks at Beeghly Center as part of the YSU Alumni Lecture Series.

By William K. Alcorn



Noted forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht said 85 percent of 2,200 Americans recently polled don’t believe the Warren Commission’s report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy ... and neither does he.

Nationally known because of his involvement in numerous high-profile assassination cases — JFK; the former president’s brother, Robert Kennedy; and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — Dr. Wecht, also an attorney, strongly disagrees that there was only one shooter in each of those murders.

The forensic evidence points to both more than one shooter and to a government cover-up of some of the facts, said Wecht, speaking Tuesday to a rapt audience in Youngstown State University’s Beeghly Center as part of the YSU Alumni Lecture Series.

In his lecture, titled “The Role of the Forensic Pathologist in Controversial Cases,” he described how he approaches cases.

Gathering the facts is just the beginning, he said.

A pathologist has an obligation to be objective in his findings and understand the circumstances of the case, and then have the courage to speak out about his opinions in court and in public, Wecht said.

Voicing his opinions are not something with which he has trouble.

He said flat out that there were flaws in the handling and investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

At first, he said, it was believed the president was shot just once in the head as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas.

But later, a second bullet was found in the Dallas hospital where JFK was taken; his body was whisked away against the wishes of the local coroner, and the president’s brain was missing. It was never examined, and it has never been found, Wecht said.

An examination of the brain is important because “I believe it would prove the president was shot by two people,” he said.

Also, he said, by executive order all of President Kennedy’s belongings and those of Texas Gov. John Connally, who was riding in the car with JFK and was seriously wounded, were made the sole property of Jacqueline Kennedy, the president’s wife, for 75 years.

Further, he said the autopsy of the president’s body was performed by two Navy pathologists, neither of whom had ever done an autopsy involving a gunshot.

“Our president was killed. There should have been a team of pathologists called in,” said Wecht, who in 1972 became the first nongovernment pathologist to look at the JFK pathology report.

He said the remaining 15 percent of Americans polled who believe the Warren Commission report think their government would not keep anything from the public.

“We’re still learning things about World War II and the Korean War,” he said.

He also believes the pathology report proves there was a second shooter besides Sirhan Sirhan who assassinated RFK as he was campaigning for president June 5, 1968.

The problem, Wecht said, is that the pathologist was never called by the defense to testify. There was a second person who shot RFK from behind, he said.

“It’s another example of how things can get covered up when the federal government gets involved,” he said.

Though cases such as JFK and RFK frustrate him, Wecht, who has performed thousands of autopsies, said the child deaths are the hardest to deal with personally.

It is very sad, but it also can be rewarding to provide information that helps a family find closure, he said.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

This guy is a wacko.

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2republicanRick(1736 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

This guy is a nut case, making money by promoting these crazy conspiracies.

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3keylime(1 comment)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

i disagree.
as a family member of one of the "child deaths" he mentioned in closing, i can tell you his expert opinion is very respected and highly sought in criminal justice circles

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4silverengine3(1 comment)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

He is a brilliant pathologist and I also believe he is spot on with the conspiracies in each case. I really admire any of the people who have had the courage to speak out regarding these tragic events that our government has hidden the truth on.

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5stuartbramhall(1 comment)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

What a lot of people don't realize is there was no forensic crime scene investigation following JFK's murder. J. Edgar Hoover seized all the evidence so the Dallas police couldn't investigate. That's all people have been asking for over the last 50 years - a genuine investigation into the evidence. I first became interested in the JFK assassination after one of the witnesses came to see me professionally in 1984 following some attempts on her life. This set off a chain of events in my own life that ultimately led me to emigrate to New Zealand in 2002. I write about this in The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee www.stuartbramhall.com.

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6Machetedontext(1 comment)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

1970Mach1 says "This guy is a wacko." On the contrary, Dr. Wecht is highly regarded in his profession as a forensic pathologist and professor with a long and distinguished career. I'd say 1970Mach1 is one of those unfortunate people the internet spawns whose mouth is in gear independent of brain. When the vast majority of Americans believe a coverup ensued after the shooting (by several shooters) of JFK, ol' 1970 is waaay in the minority. Maybe even...wacko?

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7Mmaguires(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

During the last 6 years, Dr. Wecht became embroiled in a local (Pgh.) series of smears, fabrications and pseudo charges that cost him millions of dollars to resolve. I strongly suspect Big Brother was playing dirty tricks to repay him for his opinions about the Kennedy Brother murders

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