Inextricably linked to the death of John F Kennedy,
surgeon Robert McClelland dutifully preserved the blood-soaked white dress shirt
he wore the day he tried to save the president's life in 1963.


For the rest of his life, the retired professor emeritus of UT Southwestern's medical school
also clung staunchly to a contentious opinion forged firsthand:
that one of the shots that had struck Kennedy had come from the front,
which would require the existence of a second gunman.
Robert Nelson McClelland, the lone dissenting voice among the operating-room doctors
who tried to save the president at Parkland Memorial Hospital,
died September 10, 2019 of renal failure. He was 89.
~ Dallas Morning News Obituary

I read the news today, oh boy -- about the man who held the dying John Fitzgerald Kennedy's head in his hands -- he has died.

Doctor Robert McClelland died this past month, September 2019, at age 89 -- 56 years after the day in 1963 he'd been in Trauma Room 1, Parkland Hospital, Dallas, doing all he could to save JFK's life as blood poured out the back of JFK's head. McClellands's hands were covered in JFK's blood.

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McClelland never washed the bloody shirt he was wearing that day -- wanting to preserve the life-force and intimate connection to that great man.

I cried when I read the news today, oh boy -- because McClelland is a folk-hero to JFK truth-seekers and conspiracy theorists who don't believe the official "fairy tale" about the origins of the bullets that killed JFK. Lee Harvey Oswald was a patsy placed in the right place at the right time to be framed for the most earth-shattering assassination of the 20th century -- the murder of President Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963.

The passing away of McClelland makes the world a lonelier place for people who still keep the memory of JFK alive in their minds and hearts because our ranks are getting thinner. Soon, the people who were alive when JFK was alive, will be gone.

Now, with the passing of McClelland -- Kennedy, like Lincoln, will be just a president future generations read about in history books -- history books written by the powers-that-be who had them killed. Yes, there was a conspiracy in the assassination of Lincoln too (by the same forces) but only those who seek the truth and find it know the circumstances surrounding their deaths and their times.

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McClelland was the highest-ranking JFK conspiracy theorist on the planet as far as credibility goes. McClelland was there, in Trauma Room One, at the head of the gurney, holding JFK's head in his hands, while Doctor Perry placed a breathing tube into JFK's throat. Both McClelland and Perry said, from the the very beginning and until their deaths, that the bullet that killed JFK had to have come from the FRONT, not from BEHIND, ie not from anyone in the Texas School Book Depository building. Shots did came from behind, but not the fatal shot.

In the fifty-six years since JFK's death, McClelland never forgot him -- there probably wasn't a day that went by that McClelland didn't think of JFK. McClelland spoke to medical students and at conspiracy theory seminars and in radio and TV interviews sharing with the world what he saw, what he did and what he thought about the assassination of JFK. He had no fear -- he considered it his duty.

Who, now, will carry the torch of truth for JFK?

All the best,
Jackie Jura, October 2019

PS - The hero of 1984, Winston Smith (George Orwell in disguise) is a journalist writing for THE TIMES OF LONDON (in real life one of the allegedly most authoritative and reputable newspapers in the world -- it's high-brow, not low-brow). Winston is a thought-criminal, ie he hates BIG BROTHER (the global all-seeing totalitarian government that rules the world) and he is secretly writing a diary (1984) exposing the corruption and evil-doings of BIG BROTHER'S BROTHERHOOD who own all the newspapers (including THE TIMES) and spin the news whichever way BB wants the people (the citizens of Oceania) to think. Orwell refers to the media as THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH "which concerns itself with lies and falsification of the past" and is controlled by "anonymous directing brains who co-ordinate the whole effort and lay down the lines of policy which made it necessary that this fragment of the past should be preserved, that one falsified, and the other rubbed out of existence...down the memory hole...".


In 1984 Winston says "the sixties were the period of the great purges in which the original leaders of the Revolution were wiped out once and for all. By 1970 none of them was left, except BIG BROTHER himself...". In our present-day 2019 world it, too, was during the 60s that our revolutionaries were wiped out, including President Kennedy in 1963 and his brother, future-president Bobby Kennedy in 1968. Since that time the mainstream media, the Orwellian MINISTRY OF TRUTH (including THE TIMES) have spun JFK's and Bobby's assassinations as having been perpetrated by "lone-nut" gunmen acting on their own for no other reason than personal hatred of JFK and Bobby. THE TIMES and all other mainstream media mock conspiracy theorists (thought-criminals) as "nut-cases". A perfect example is THE TIMES coverage of the recent death of Dr Robert McClelland -- the doctor who saw with his own eyes the wounds suffered by JFK and who said that the fatal-shot entered JFK's brain from THE FRONT. Notice the spin in THE TIMES article trying to discredit Doc McClelland and categorizing conspiracy theorists as "fantasists" and "swivel-eyed cranks". I've excerpted pertinent passages from the full article scanned below:

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Dallas surgeon was the respectable face of the JFK fantasists
The Times, Oct 8, 2019

Robert McClelland was a very good doctor but a bad historian...

As McClelland stood above the dying president, helping to perform an emergency tracheotomy, he stared at the "terrible hole" in the back of Kennedy's head. Based on that memory, the doctor concluded and maintained that what he had seen was consistent with a shot from in front of the presidential motorcade...

McClelland was not the only source for the theory that a second gunman fired on the president from the so-called grassy knoll but he was pivotal to it. His lifelong adherence to the view that Kennedy might have been shot from in front helped to spawn myriad conspiracy theories, not because he was some swivel-eyed crank but because he was the opposite: a sensible, experienced man of medicine whose testimony carried weight.

The doctor helped to underpin the belief, held by almost 50 per cent of Americans, that the assassination involved a plot or cover-up... McClelland worked valiantly to try to save the president's life but in death he [McClelland] did him [JFK] a signal disservice by stirring up the sediment of disbelief that lies just beneath the surface of American life...

Those who have been accused of involvement in the JFK assassination include the CIA, the KGB, the mafia, Fidel Castro and Lyndon Johnson, his vice-president. A total of 42 different groups, 82 assassins and 214 people have, at some point, been accused of killing America's 35th president. Most of these theories rest on the conviction that Oswald was not the only shooter.

McClelland...was sincere in his belief that there had been a second gunman, though he did not advocate the wilder strands of conspiracy theorising. He was not lying. He recounted what he remembered in good faith. He was merely wrong.

The doctor claimed that the massive wound he saw was low on the back of Kennedy's skull and he cited the film shot by Abraham Zapruder as corroboration of another gunman: "This looked like... a shot came from in front and threw him violently backwards and to the left... The wound that maybe came in from the front, maybe the grassy knoll, and blew out the back of his head, was perhaps hidden within the hairline". By implication, every one of the 25 medical personnel at Parkland had missed a clue that was staring them in the face, or rather Kennedy's.

McClelland's opinion ran contrary to the evidence of all the other doctors present. The pathologists who conducted the autopsy concluded that he had been killed by two bullets, fired from above and behind. The Warren commission and the US House of Representatives committee on assassinations both stated that Oswald was the lone assassin.

The four other doctors who attempted to revive Kennedy wrote a joint article for The Journal of the American Medical Association concluding that the fatal shots came from behind and above, and that Kennedy's neck wound was an exit wound. The editor noted McClelland's dissenting view, while pointing out that he was not an "expert in forensic pathology and ballistic wounds". His knowledge of gunshot injuries was largely derived from deer hunting in east Texas. Yet his differing opinion inevitably gained more traction than the dull, if dependable, consensus of other witnesses...

If McClelland's recall was faulty, that is hardly surprising. The frenetic atmosphere inside Trauma Room 1 was not conducive to balanced observation. As Dr James Carrico recalled: "Everyone in that room was trying to save a life, not figure out forensics, not worrying about entry and exit wounds". Dr Malcolm Perry stated: "I don't think any of us got a good look at the head wound".

The industry of conspiracy that emerged after Kennedy's death would have happened without McClelland's contribution. Within two hours of the United Press International report announcing Kennedy's death, the switchboard at Parkland was swamped with calls from England, Venezuela, Canada, France, Mexico and, for the most part, America, offering conjectures disguised as explanation -- some plausible, all uninformed since the facts had yet to emerge, and a few of them truly weird. The technical term is apophenia, the tendency to perceive mistaken connections between unrelated things.

McClelland's role in the Kennedy saga proves only this: it takes many people and many strands of evidence to arrive at historical veracity, but it takes only one credible witness to misremember and disagree with the official version to set off a plethora of conspiracy theories without end.

Dallas surgeon was the respectable face of the JFK fantasists, The Times, Oct 8, 2019

watch Uncut Interview -- JFK's Emergency Room Doctor: Dr Robert McClelland, Allen Public Library, Dallas, Texas, November 12, 2015

McClellandDies2019 Dr Robert McClelland, who tried to save President Kennedy, dies at 89, New York Times, Sep 25, 2019

McClellandDiesNYT McClellandDiesNYT ...As he rushed to the emergency room, he saw Secret Service agents, nurses, doctors, reporters and other people crowded there shoulder to shoulder... "There, sitting outside Trauma Room 1, on a folding chair, was Mrs Kennedy in her bloody clothing. Inside, as doctors began lifesaving measures, it was clear that Kennedy's condition was grave.... The lead surgeon, Dr Malcolm Perry, asked Dr McClelland to assist in an emergency tracheotomy, and Dr McClelland inserted a retractor into the incision that Dr Perry had made in Kennedy's neck to help accommodate a breathing tube. Dr McClelland's position at the head of the gurney on which Kennedy lay gave him a close look at the severe wound at the back of the president's head that had been caused by a second bullet. The "posterior portion of the skull had been extremely blasted", he told the Warren Commission. About a third of the president's brain tissue was gone, he said. At 1 p.m. Central time, Kennedy was pronounced dead... In the decades after the Warren Commission concluded that Oswald had been a lone gunman, Dr McClelland became a skeptic. In interview, he said that the location of Kennedy's head wound suggested that the bullet had come from the grassy knoll in front of the presidential motorcade, not from Oswald's perch on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, high above and behind Kennedy. Then, more than a decade later, Dr McClelland watched the 8-millimeter film of the assassination shot by Abraham Zapruder, a dress manufacturer. The film showed Kennedy's head being thrown back violently and to his left. Dr McClelland said the film validated the possibility that a second gunman had shot Kennedy from the grassy knoll as the president's open limousine approached... Through the years Dr McClelland kept the shirt, stained with Kennedy's blood, that he had worn that afternoon in the Parkland trauma room. He came to believe that Kennedy's death had resulted from a conspiracy, but he did not subscribe to wild assassination theories...

Robert McClelland, surgeon who tried to save JFK and believed there was a second shooter, dies at 89, Dallas Morning News, Sep 14, 2019 (A skilled surgeon at UT Southwestern whose true passion was teaching, he's among the luminaries whose images grace Parkland's walls today...)

watch/listen A Day in the Life, by John Lennon, 1967, YouTube (I read the news today oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade, and though the news was rather sad... He blew his mind out in a car...)












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Jackie Jura
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