"the parietal bone was protruded up through the scalp and seemed to be fractured
almost along its right posterior half, as well as some of the occipital bone
being fractured in its lateral half...and this sprung open the bones.." (McClelland WC)
|With no pretence whatever to radiological correctness, the image (left) shows some possible candidates for complete
fracture fragments at the right rear of the skull.
4,5 & 6 certainly are complete fragments.
6 is the posterior end of the front flap visible in the 'back of the head' autopsy pictures.
3 would appear to be what David Mantik refers to as 'McClelland's Flap' (see ' Murder in Dealey Plaza' p 227).
1 seems to be surrounded on all sides by fracture lines, 2 likewise, perhaps with some reservations about it's lower border. See the image below for just how well we might expect these fractures to be imaged.
|At the right, a radiograph from http://www.hawaii.edu/medicine/pediatrics/pemxray/v5c09.html showing just how difficult it can be to spot a fracture even in a good quality x-ray. The JFK skull x-rays were taken with a portable machine, with no intention of capturing such 'fine diagnostic detail', according to John Ebersole who supervised the taking of the x-rays.||
|'Opening out' the putative fracture fragments 1(to the left) & 2 (downwards) gives us something
like the graphic at the left, with an opening above & behind the right ear. The bottom left 'tail' of fragment
2 crosses over into occipital bone, and is near the eop, where Finck thought he found an entry wound in
the skull. Note how far this is from the rear hairline, the location of the rear scalp 'rip'/ laceration described
by all witnesses to any rear scalp 'entry'.
This example would fit McClelland's description very nicely:
"I noted that the right posterior portion of the skull had been extremely blasted. It had been shattered apparently by the force of the shot so that the parietal bone was protruded up through the scalp and seemed to be fractured almost along its right posterior half, as well as some of the occipital bone being fractured in its lateral half. And this sprung open the bones that I had mentioned in such a way that you could actually look down into the skull cavity itself and see that probably a third or so, at least, of the brain tissue, posterior cerebral tissue and some of the cerebellar tissue had been blasted out," (WC)
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