11. What Happened To JFK’s Brain?
One of the more ‘wait….what?’ aspects of the aftermath of the killing of John F. Kennedy is the seldom talked about and actually true fact that the president’s brain is indeed missing. The story gets even wilder from there. The brain went missing from a secure room at the National Archives in 1966 and the award winning historian James L. Swanson genuinely believes that the culprit was none other than the president’s brother and future assassination victim, Robert Kennedy.
Swanson’s theory surmises that RFK wanted to cover up the fact that the president was more ill than the public knew and was taking a whole host of drugs including codeine, demerol, and methadone for his back pain, along with a smorgasbord of other pills for insomnia and anxiety. What we do know for sure, is that during the autopsy the president’s brain was placed in a stainless steel container and stored with some brain tissue samples, and taken by the Secret Service to the National Archives.
And as heartbreaking and horrendous as it might sound, the person responsible for keeping an eye on the president’s brain was JFK’s devoted former secretary, Evelyn Lincoln. Begging the question of how could something like that be stolen under the eyes of someone who deeply cared about her former employer. The attorney general at the time immediately ordered an investigation but to this day we still have no idea where it is and who stole it.