Ron Ecker Posted November 27, 2007 Share Posted November 27, 2007 (edited) According to Billie Sol Estes (in Billie Sol Estes: A Living Legend), who claims to have considerable knowledge about the assassination (ordered, he says, by LBJ), there were two bodies at Bethesda. He says the mortician John Liggett had been told to have a body ready similar in appearance to JFK. Liggett flew with this body, taken from the Dallas morgue, to DC from Love Field aboard a private jet, while JFK's body was flown to Andrews (after the calculated delay of a swearing-in ceremony). Liggett inflicted the body with wounds from the rear. At Bethesda 10 or so photos were taken of each body, with the photos then mixed as needed. The idea of two bodies, instead of one being stolen and switched from casket to casket (to explain the accounts of David and O’Connor etc.), has a good deal of explanatory power. It would make more sense for the conspirators to plan to have a substitute body handy as opposed to having to steal JFK's body for whatever wound arrangements were needed. It logically explains Liggett's role in the plot. It explains the discrepancies in the autopsy photos without the need for tampering with any particular photo (e.g. the photo with the back of the head intact). It explains the arrival of two caskets, and it explains the extra body in the morgue that was allegedly that of an Air Force officer. It also makes more sense of the HSCA interview of Richard Lipsey (aide to General Wehle), who seems to have seen a different body and witnessed a different autopsy than JFK's. Lipsey stated that the body was caked with blood, to the extent that it had to be scrubbed, with one doctor actually getting up onto the table to scrub it, before the autopsy could start. (The Parkland nurses cleaned JFK's body before putting it in the casket. And I don’t recall any other autopsy witness saying the body was covered with dried blood.) Lipsey stated that part of JFK's face had been blown away, which we know is not true. He stated that the only people at the autopsy (other than a few hospital staff who came in and out) were himself (told by Wehle to stay with the body), his cohort Lt. Bird, the gowned doctors, and one other person who was observing. Would he seriously not remember any military brass there, such as Curtis LeMay reportedly in the gallery? How can Lipsey's account be reconciled with accounts that describe the autopsy room as a madhouse, unless Lipsey was in a different autopsy room, watching work being done on a different body, with part of its face missing? O'Connor mentioned that there was an old autopsy room at Bethesda that was being used for animals. Did Lipsey see an autopsy there, performed on the body that was supplied by Liggett? And did he witness the funeral parlor staff "put JFK's body back together" as he stated, or were there two separate body preparations for burial that night, in keeping with two separate autopsies? And who is buried in JFK's grave? http://history-matters.com/archive/jfk/hsc...HSCA-Lipsey.htm Edited November 28, 2007 by Ron Ecker Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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