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JFK – The Flight Home from Dallas

Interesting story by Garrett Graff in this month’s Washingtonian magazine about the complicated journey back to Washington after the President’s assassination. The fact that President Kennedy’s body was immediately flown back to Washington aboard Air Force One was an ill-advised decision. By rights and according to the regulations, as I report in Not in Your Lifetime, the body should have been autopsied in Dallas, Texas, a state well-experienced in handling gunshot wounds. When the Dallas authorities insisted that they wanted this done, however, Secret Service agents put them up against a wall at gunpoint and took the President’s body from the hospital by force. As it turned out, the autopsy that was done – in Washington, DC – was botched. As a result, truth about the Kennedy assassination was served poorly from the very beginning.

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