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    Commander Humes twice described the 7 mm by 4 mm back wound with its longer axis nearly parallel to the long axis of the body.

    Source: WC testimony of Commander James J. Humes - 2H, 351
    Commander HUMES - These exhibits again are schematic representations of what we observed at the time of examining the body of the late President. Exhibit 385 shows in the low neck an oval wound which excuse me, I wish to get the measurements correct. This wound was situated just above the upper border of the scapula, and measured 7 by 4 millimeters, with its long axis roughly parallel to the long axis of vertical column.

    Source: Warren Commission Testimony of Commander James J. Humes on March 16, 1964 - 2H, 361
    Commander HUMES - I--our previously submitted report, which is Commission No. 387, identified a wound in the low posterior neck of the President. The size of this wound was 4 by 7 mm., with the long axis being in accordance with the long axis of the body, 44 [sic] mm. wide, in other words, 7 mm. long.

    End of quotations.

    By contrast the medical panels presented a 7 mm by 10 mm back wound whose longer axis was approximately perpendicular to the same long axis of the body.

    Source: Clark Panel Report - page 8
    There is an elliptical penetrating wound of the skin of the back located approximately 15 cm. medial to the right acromial process, 5 cm. lateral to the mid-dorsal line and 14 cm. below the right mastoid process. This wound lies approximately 5.5 cm. below a transverse fold in the skin of the neck. This fold can also be seen in a lateral view of the neck which shows an anterior tracheotomy wound. This view makes it possible to compare the levels of these two wounds in relation to that of the horizontal plane of the body.
    A well defined zone of discoloration of the edge of the back wound, most pronounced on its upper and outer margins, identifies it as having the characteristics of the entrance wound of a bullet. The wound with its marginal abrasion measures approximately 7 mm. in width by 10 mm. in length. The dimensions of this cutaneous wound are consistent with those of a wound produced by a bullet similar to that which constitutes exhibit CE 399.

    Source: HSCA testimony of Doctor Michael Baden on September 7, 1978 - 1HSCA, 192
    Mr. KLEIN. And the panel found an abrasion collar on the wound of the President's back of the kind you have shown us in these drawings?
    Dr. BADEN. Yes, sir. This represents a diagram, a blowup of the actual entrance perforation of the skin showing an abrasion collar. The abrasion collar is wider toward 3 o'clock than toward 9 o'clock, which would indicate a directionality from right to left and toward the middle part of the body, which was the impression of the doctors on reviewing the photographs initially at the Archives.

    End of quotations.

    Rydberg and Dox illustrated the near ninety-degree misalignment of the longer axes of these pictured wounds.

    Fox-5 confirms the drawn alignments and the relative dimensions of these two wounds.

    Contrary to Humes and the medical panels who gave the same location for their back wounds, Fox-5 shows that the smaller wound is about four centimeters inferior and one centimeter to the left of the larger wound. These alignments agree well with the ARRB testimony of Humes when he renounced his 7 mm by 4 mm back wound in favor of the 7 mm by 10 mm wound promoted by the medical panels.

    Source: Deposition of Dr. James Joseph Humes on February 13, 1996 - Page 167
    Q Were there any other injuries on the back of President Kennedy other than those that are exposed to--
    A Well, you say those. I don't know what this little dot down below is.
    Q Let's take them one at a time. There is one mark that appears to be high at approximately the second-centimeter line.
    A Yes.
    Q Is that the wound that you were identifying as the wound of entry?
    A Yes, sir.
    Q And when you were referring to the mark somewhat below, you were referring to something at approximately the six-centimeter mark?
    A Yeah, I don't know what that is. A little drop of blood or what, I have no idea.
    Q Was there more than one wound of entry--
    A No, there was not.
    Q And you're reasonably confident that the wound of entry is the one that is at the higher--
    A Yes, sir, I am.
    Q Is that correct?
    A Yes, sir.
    Last edited by Herbert Blenner; 08-29-2014 at 03:22 AM.

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