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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 143« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Margaret M. Henchliffe)

(In approximately 3 minutes thereafter the witness returned to the deposing room and the deposition continued as follows:)

Mr. Specter.
Let me ask you a couple of questions more, Miss Henchliffe, one other question, or two, before you go.

Was the wound on the front of the neck surrounded by any blood?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. No, sir.
Mr. Specter.
Was there any blood at all in that area?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. No, sir.

Mr. SPECTER. What was there about the wound, if you recall anything special, which gave you the impression it was an entrance wound?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. Well, it was just a small wound and wasn't jagged like most of the exit bullet wounds that I have seen.
Mr. SPECTER. If there was a high-powered rifle, or a high-powered rifle was going at a fast speed, as fast as 2,000 feet per second, which encountered only soft tissue in the body, would you have sufficient knowledge to know whether or not the appearance of that hole would be consistent with an exit wound?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. Well, from some information I received in talking to someone about guns later on, they said that this is possible. But you have a small exit wound---you could have a small exit wound.
Mr. Specter.
Under what circumstances?

Miss HENCHLIFFE. As you described---a very fast bullet that didn't hit anything but soft tissue going through.
Mr. SPECTER. And do you have any other source of information or basis for having an opinion whether it was an entrance wound or an exit wound other than that source of information you just described, plus your general experience here at Parkland as a nurse?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. No, sir.
Mr. Specter.
How long have you been at Parkland as a nurse?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. Well, I have had emergency room experience for about 5 years here and a couple of years at Baylor Hospital.
Mr. Specter.
And is that the total sum of your experience?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. In the emergency room. what other experience have you had besides emergency room experience.

Miss HENCLIFFE. Well, in the operating room here
Mr. Specter.
How long have you had operating room experience here?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. 3 years.
Mr. Specter.
How long have you been a registered nurse altogether?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. 12 years--almost 12 years.

Mr. SPECTER. And what is the source of information about the appearance of an exit wound from a high-powered gun which you have just described?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. I don't remember who I was talking to now. I was just talking to someone one day about gunshots and after this-report came out that said that any high-powered gun that this could happen.
Mr. Specter.
That it could be an exit wound which looked very much like an entrance wound with the missile striking nothing but soft tissue?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. Yes, sir.
Mr. Specter.
Do you have anything else to add?
Miss HENCHLIFFE. No.
Mr. Specter.
Thank you very much.
Miss HENCHLIFFE. All right.

Doris Mae Nelson

Testimony of Doris Mae Nelson

The testimony of Doris Mae Nelson was taken on March 20, 1964, at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Arlen Specter, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
Mr. SPECTER. Mrs. Nelson, this is Miss Oliver, the court reporter, and will you raise your right hand and take the oath?
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