His assassination was one of the most well-documented tragedies of modern times, leading to numerous conspiracy theories. Though many have been debunked, President John F Kennedy's death still holds at least one mystery; what happened to his brain?
James Swanson's new book, End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, makes the claim that Kennedy's brother Robert stole the organ following a post-mortem on the American leader's body.
"Not all the evidence from the assassination is at the National Archives. One unique, macabre item from the collection is missing – President Kennedy’s brain," reads a passage from the book.
Having been shot in the head, Kennedy's brain became a gruesome piece of evidence for the investigations, and was left in a Secret Service cabinet before being transfered to a National Archives locker. However, in October 1966, the organ and other sensitive materials were found to be missing, according to the author.
So, why is Robert Kennedy the key suspect in the bizarre crime? As a Kennedy brother, he'd have had a unique level of access, giving him the opportunity to make the move. Swanson speculates that Kennedy may have been suffering from a grave illness at the time, taking lots of medication that may have been revealed under closer scrutiny of the organ. It would have called Kennedy's leadership abilities into question, not to mention his trustworthiness if he had indeed been holding back information regarding his long term health. For a family that made its trade in politics, that could have had a damning effect on the Kennedy line's reputation.
Or, in a note sure to stoke the fires of conspiracy once more, it could have proved that the final, fatal shot that took Kennedy's life was in fact fired from the front... [Metro]