Please be warned before going beneath the fold on this post that I am including graphic photos of President Kennedy supposedly taken after his shooting on November 22, 1963. I do so because I know the photos to be fake, but if you are among those who think the events of that weekend were real, then the photos will shock you.
These photos were first released, as far as I know, with the book Best Evidence by David S. Lifton in 1981. I believed for many years that his work was the best ever done on the assassination. He followed down leads, interviewed participants, chased caskets, and ultimately concluded that Kennedy’s body had been surgically altered between Dallas and Bethesda. For that reason the autopsy doctors were led to the wrong conclusions about number and direction of bullets.
It was misdirection, all of it. I cannot say whether Lifton knowingly misdirected us, or that he too was among the duped. In either case, the book can be ignored.
Now, go below the fold. Be prepared.
This first photo was analyzed in detail by Miles W. Mathis in his paper Hidden Kings: Camelot Ruled from the Cave of Merlin. On page seven he says
… study the eyes. Don’t you think it peculiar they are open? This was many hours after death, remember. The corpse had been transported a long distance between cities. Apparently we are supposed to believe the eyes had never been closed. And yet they are still watery! How can that be? Your eyes will dry out if you don’t blink every ten seconds, and you are alive. But we are supposed to believe this “corpse” has had its eyes open for many hours, and that its eyes are somehow miraculously full of liquid? Again, this is supposed to be a corpse with a head with no brain and no blood. Both have been blown out of it by a high powered rifle, we are told. So there should be nothing in that skull to keep the eyes moist. They should have shriveled up. Not only is that guy not Kennedy, he isn’t even dead. [Original emphasis.]
I accepted Mathis’s conclusion at the time, and I accepted the paper as a breakthrough. I still do. It was a turning point for me, restoring my optimism and igniting a bout of curiosity that has not since subsided. I agree in total with the conclusions – the body is not Kennedy, the eyes should be closed and not watery … but I add one more aspect to it: The face is that of President Kennedy. However, it took me a long time to reach that conclusion.
Below is another photo analyzed by Mathis in which he points out that John Connolly is in the wrong position and that Jackie is wearing different clothes. His point was that several takes were done of the motorcade (we have no idea when), and that the actors were often in different positions so that the photographic record is not bulletproof.
A few weeks back I look at that photo again and thought “That’s not JFK! That’s the guy who was used for the morgue photos!” I then cropped the face and went looking for images of JFK in the same pose. After rigorous comparisons, I concluded that this is indeed JFK, and that it does indeed match the face on the morgue body all the way down to the missing eyebrow.
My world had been upended again. I realized that the morgue body was JFK’s, and then naturally concluded that he really did die that day. Would it ever end?
But I was premature in that conclusion.
Below is another photo of JFK from the morgue:
I realized on looking at this photo that it would be possible to do a Photoshop overlay and get an exact comparison, one of the living JFK and the one above. So I went looking for a photo of him from his right side. I found this:
He is deep in thought as he answers a question at a press conference, and pointing to his right side, which indicates that he is about to tell a lie. But set that aside. It is the exact same angle as the morgue photo. Here they are, side by side.
I was now in a position to do a Photoshop comparison. I only had to be sure I was dealing with identical measurements. To do that, I measured the distance from tip of nose to tip of chin on the morgue photo at 79 pixels, and then monkeyed with the live photo until those dimensions agreed. I also tilted the angle of the head so that the two were in exact agreement. Then on to PhotoShop for the overlay. Here is what I got:
Notice how the alignment of the nose and chin and mouth and eyes all agree exactly. That is indeed President Kennedy’s face on the morgue photo. But take a closer look – see that the ears on the living JFK (the shadowy image) are out of line – too far away from the eye and too high on the head. If all other parts of the face align, then the ears should too, and they don’t.
My conclusion – JFK’s face was photographically pasted on someone else’s body. It was very well done – it had to be, as it was meant to fool a lot of people for decades to come. However, they neglected to make sure that the ears aligned, probably not anticipating a program like Photoshop.
Now let’s take another look at the morgue photos from above:
Now that we know what to look for, we can indeed see the signs of where the paste-up was done. On this photo, we can see a shadowed area resembling a line about an inch wide that begins under the chin and works its way up to the left eye. Above it is JFK, below it someone else. It does not include the ear, their fatal flaw (pardon the expression).
[Update: I have looked at these photos for so long now that they speak to me. I can see the paste line in this one clearly. It starts directly under the upper of his double chins, and then cuts over to and above the ear. If you look at it long enough, you can can see it is as if his face has been set atop the other man’s chin. I am going to draw that line and paste the photo below.]
[There’s another opinion on this in the comments below that I am leaning towards right now – we differ only slightly but Daddieuhoh has traced what looks like the accurate boundary of the paste job.]
On this photo we have a part of the face slightly overexposed that includes chin, mouth, nose and eyes – JFK indeed did have a very weak right eyebrow. We can see a change in texture under the chin – that would be the bottom part of the paste-up. We can also see age wrinkles below the right eye – that too is a demarcation, as I see it.
Mathis also goes on to describe the morgue body as too young and too athletically fit to be Kennedy’s, reminding us that he wore a back brace and was in constant pain, and so probably did no exercise. In fact, Mathis came to the correct conclusion – the guy is not Kennedy, and he is not dead. He is just wearing a borrowed face.
The misplaced ear, if I may be so bold, is … ahem … proof … that the body in the morgue is not JFK. It is therefore safe to conclude that he earlier posed for photos that were later pasted on another body. There would be no other reason – if he had really died, no paste-up would be needed. All photos, real and fake, shock us, so that saying they did not want us to see the real corpse makes no sense.
The only question unanswered is why JFK simply did not pose for the photos so that a paste-up was not needed. I don’t know, of course, but I would guess he thought it undignified to be seen undressed in public.
And that, to me, is proof of life after death. JFK faked his death on 11/22/63, and please note, numerology people, that 11 + 22 = 33.
PS: In answer to the question of whose ear we are looking at, it appears to me that the ears agree in shape and size on the side view photo, so that a separate paste-up of the ear was done over the original. However, they had to place it in the same position as the ear on the fake body, out of line with the real JFK.
Update: Below are the morgue photo from above, and another with a red line showing where they pasted JFK’s face into the photo. If you look long enough, it will become clear to you.