6. Why Did The Autopsy Doctor Burn His Report?
As is standard procedure in any autopsy, the organs are removed and weighed, but in the case of Kennedy’s autopsy, Dr. James Joseph Humes failed to do so. The reason for the lack of procedure can be chalked up to the unbelievable stress of the situation for Dr. Humes, however, there can be no excuse for what he did next. He didn’t keep the original JFK autopsy report.
Instead, he made a handwritten copy and burned the original. When asked years later why he would do such an inexplicable thing to one of the most important documents in the 20th century, he claim he did it to stop the bloodstained report from becoming a source of morbid fascination. Strange then, that he had other bloodstained documents from that day that he failed to destroy.
Another odd outcome from the autopsy was the now famous autopsy photos that reside in the National Archive. Ones that fail to show the extent of the president’s injuries. Not only that, when Saundra K. Spencer, the woman who developed the photographs at the Navy’s photographic laboratory in Washington, was shown these pictures. She claimed they did not resemble the images she had processed and that the paper type used for these images was not the same as the paper she used on that day.