2019-04-15 19:59:38 UTC
Pat Speer seems to be the most ardent critic of Dr. David Mantik on the
subject of the 6.5mm object seen in the A-P x-ray. In "A New Perspective
on the Kennedy Assassination", an online publication, he concludes that
the "supposedly 6.5mm fragment on the back of the head was really the 7x2
fragment removed [at JFK's autopsy] from behind the eye". Fair
enough--the experts disagree even about what's the back and what's the
front of the head in the x-rays. Not promising for anyone.
Speer's more interesting conclusion, however, is that the "so-called 6.5mm
fragment... removed at autopsy... was actually on the OUTSIDE [caps mine]
of the skull". If so, then Speer seems to be saying that it was a
ricocheting fragment, and thus not part of the bullet which hit JFK in the
head. One implication, if Speer is correct: Even less of the head-shot
bullet than previously thought was recovered. Another: It now becomes
more likely that at least some of the bullet fragments found in the
Presidential limo did not come from the head shot, but from ricochets from
outside the car.
Speer's conclusion here seems possible: Comdr. James Humes testified to
the Warren Commission that, as the autopsy progressed, "fragments of
various sizes would fall to the table". But notice that Speer seems to
alternate between terms--"behind the eye" and "outside of the skull".
Which was it? Seems to indicate two different areas. Humes seems equally
One good point which Speer makes is that the "6.5mm" measurement started
with the Clark Panel, though the latter did not explain how this figure
was arrived at. Perhaps its members simply wanted to keep their findings
consistent with the WC's findings of a 6.5mm Carcano bullet at large.
Keep things neat, uncontroversial.
Before Speer arrives at his 6.5mm fragment=7x2 fragment, he complicates
the issue with a different line of reasoning, hypothetically positing an
"innocent explanation": "Light spots" on x-rays "can be caused by 'Fixer
or water on film before development'." He moves on from this detour to
the 7x2 conclusion. As Paul Seaton has noted (invoking Sherlock Holmes):
"This is a two pipe problem, Dr. Watson."
Some ballistics expert should take up the "fixer" idea to see if it could
account for the anomalies which Mantik found with the 6.5mm fragment, such
as the "phantom image (of an authentic bullet fragment) seen inside the
6.5 object... consistent with double exposure in the x-ray darkroom".
("The John F. Kennedy autopsy x-rays: The Saga of the largest 'metallic
In the end, Speer comes close (advisedly, only "close") to suggesting that
the 6.5mm fragment is both the 7x2 fragment AND a spot of "fixer". Oh, he
doesn't quite do that, but the detour seems like a cheat, invoked only to
be discarded, an intentional attempt simply to obfuscate things and negate
Whether or not someone eventually convincingly nullifies Mantik's
assertion re a "fragment" added to the original x-ray--which assertion, in
the meantime, all but proves conspiracy--the Clark Panel, with its "6.5mm"
guesstimate, temporarily at least contributed to the cover-up of the