“The panel itself was unable to examine the brain because it is among certain autopsy materials which are unaccounted for.”
Dr. Cyril Wecht first reported that Kennedy’s brain was among missing autopsy materials. Unknown at the time, in April 1965 most of the autopsy materials were transferred to Robert Kennedy’s control under a “memorandum of transfer” of uncertain legality (see list of materials). In late 1966, these materials were transferred to the National Archives under a “deed of gift.” But the archivists inspecting the materials discovered that the brain, tissue slides, and certain other materials were missing.
Some think that the brain was put into the Kennedy grave during a 1967 reinterment; another possibility exists. In 1999 the National Archives released a set of documents relating to an event in early 1966, when the autopsy materials were under Robert Kennedy’s control. The documents describe how, under RFK’s direction, the casket used to transport JFK’s body from Dallas was drilled with holes, weighted down with sand bags, banded with metal, flown out over the Atlantic, and dropped into 9,000 feet of water, in the center of an area marked on an accompanying map as an explosives dumping area. Was this really done to dispose of an empty casket?
Besides the brain and tissue slides, also noted were the original autopsy protocol and seven copies. If that is true, what is the origin of the “original” autopsy protocol transferred from the Secret Service to the National Archives in October 1967?