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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 51« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Marion Thomas Jenkins)

Mr. Specter.
Dr. JENKINS. I felt quite sure at the time that there must have been two bullets--two missiles.
Mr. Specter.
And, Dr. Jenkins, what was your reason for that?

Dr. JENKINS. Because the wound with the exploded area of the scalp, as I interpreted it being exploded, I would interpret it being a wound of exit, and the appearance of the wound in the neck, and I also thought it was a wound of exit.
Mr. SPECTER. Have you ever changed any of your original opinions in connection with the wounds received by President Kennedy ?
Dr. JENKINS. I guess so. The first day I had thought because of his pneumothorax, that his wound must have gone--that the one bullet must have traversed his pleura, must have gotten into his lung cavity, his chest cavity, I mean, and from what you say now, I know it did not go that way. I thought it did.
Mr. Specter.
Aside from that opinion, now, have any of your other opinions about the nature of his wounds or the sources of the wounds been changed in any way ?
Dr. JENKINS. No; one other. I asked you a little bit ago if there was a wound in the left temporal area, right above the zygomatic bone in the hairline because there was blood there and I thought there might have been a wound there (indicating).
Mr. Specter.
Indicating the left temporal area?
Dr. JENKINS. Yes; the left temporal, which could have been a point of entrance and exit here (indicating), but you have answered that for me. This was my only other question about it.
Mr. Specter.
So, that those two points are the only ones on which your opinions have been changed since the views you originally formulated?
Dr. JENKINS. Yes, I think so.
Mr. Specter.
On the President's injuries?
Dr. JENKINS. Yes, I think so.

Mr. SPECTER. Is the conversation you had with that Secret Service Agent the only time you were interviewed by anyone from the Federal Government prior to today about this subject?
Dr. JENKINS. As far as I remember--I don't believe so.
Mr. Specter.
Now, you say that was the only time you were interviewed?

Dr. JENKINS. Yes, as far as I remember--I have had no formal interviews. I have been asked--there have been some people calling on the phone. As you know, there were many calls from various sources all over the country after that, wanting to know whether we had done this method of treatment or some other method and what principles we followed.
Mr. Specter.
But the only one you can identify as being from the Federal Government is the one you have already related from the Secret Service?
Mr. SPECTER. And did you and I have a very brief conversation before the deposition started today, when you gave me some of your views which you expounded and expanded upon during the course of the deposition on the record ?
Mr. SPECTER. And is there anything which you think of to add that you believe would be of some assistance or any assistance to the President's Commission in its inquiry ?
Dr. JENKINS. I believe not, Mr. Specter.
Mr. Specter.
Well, thank you very much, Dr. Jenkins.
Dr. JENKINS. All right.

Ronald Coy Jones

Testimony of Dr. Ronald Coy Jones

The testimony of Dr. Ronald Coy Jones was taken at 10:20 a.m., on March 24, 1964, at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Tex., by Mr. Arlen Specter, assistant counsel of the President's Commission.
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