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Short radio interview with Dr. Lito Porto, the lost Parkland witness.


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http://www.wradio.com.co/escucha/archivo_de_audio/lito-porto-medico-colombiano-que-atendio-a-john-f-kennedy-luego-del-atentado/20131125/oir/2023870.aspx

 

Can anybody who speaks Spanish translate any useful information?

 

This is from 2013. Dude is like bigfoot. If he's still alive, he has never been interviewed and asked to describe all of the wounds he saw.

 

 

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Dr. Lito Porto, MD Neurosurgery  ·   Male  ·   Age 86

Dr. Lito Porto, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Arlington, TX and has been practicing for 54 years. He graduated from Med U Cartagena, Cartagena in 1958 and specializes in neurosurgery.

 

1021 Live Oak Ln

Arlington, TX 76012

(817) 461-5300

 

also this : https://www.yelp.com/biz/porto-lito-md-arlington

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I reached Dr. Porto via an intermediary.  He is not keen on speaking about the subject. But he told said person that the damage was extensive, but concentrated on the right rear parietal region of the skull.  Trying to get more, but I am not confident.

-Stu

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Stu-CAPA has been trying to reach him to see if he'd like to participate in the Parkland reunion at the Last Witness conference on Nov. 15th. if you get through to him again, please see if he'd consider joining what will likely be the last reunion. also- he was reportedly the first person to say there was a wound to the temple. see if you can verify that observation. 

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On 9/7/2018 at 10:07 PM, Stu Wexler said:

I reached Dr. Porto via an intermediary.  He is not keen on speaking about the subject. But he told said person that the damage was extensive, but concentrated on the right rear parietal region of the skull.  Trying to get more, but I am not confident.

-Stu

Aren't Drs. Lito Porto and Richard Jones pretty much the last two living witnesses who saw the body at Parkland?

 

I would have one question for each of them if it weren't impossible to get into contact with them:

 

What was all of this about when Dr. Jones participated in the ground interview with the ARRB?

 

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MR. GUNN: [...] Then to Dr. Jenkins he refers -- this is from packet MD 96. He refers to a great laceration on the right side of the head temporal and occipital. He also says the cerebellum had protruded from the wound.


In his testimony to the Warren Commission he said that -- on Page 48 he thought that this wound in the head was a wound of exit, although he wasn't sure. He said, quote, "I really think part of the cerebellum, as I recognized it, was herniated from the wound." He then said that, "I thought there was a wound on the left temporal area right in the hairline and right above the zygomatic process."


From Page 51 of his Warren Commission testimony he says, "Because the wound with the exploded area of the scalp, as I interpreted it being exploded, I would interpret it being a wound of exit, and the appearance of the wound in the neck, and I also thought it was it a wound of exit."


Finally in his testimony to the House Select Committee on Assassinations he said, There was one segment of bone blown out. It was a segment of occipital or temporal bone. He noted that a portion of the cerebellum, lower rear brain, was hanging out from the hole in the right rear of the head.

 

[...]

 

And finally with Dr. Peters -- last but not least, of course. This is from Page MD 4O, testimony to Mr. Specter of the Warren Commission. On Page 71 he says that he noticed there was a large defect in the occiput. Dr. Peters then says, "It seemed to me that in the right occipitoparietal area that there was a large defect. There appeared to be bone loss and brain loss in the area." He goes on to say, "We saw the wound of" -- I'm sorry, that refers just to the throat wound.


In my very lay sense -- and I am not a doctor -- there seems to be a fair degree of coherence among the testimony that you offered about the location of the wound. There, of course, is a difference in the way that you said it, as would be expected in any case.


I'd like to start out -- and that's the last major part that I hope to play in this discussion. I'd like to start out, if we could -- and maybe just start with Dr. Jones and then just go down the room -- of first where you were in trauma room No. 1 and what kind of view you had of President Kennedy in trauma room No 1, Dr. Jones.


DR. JONES: I was on his left side below the arm looking to my right I could easily see the neck wound I could not see in much detail the posterior wound, but did not see any flap of skull or anything laying out to the right side I saw relaxation of the facial tissues & perhaps of the hair, and I remained on the President's right side during the entire resuscitation attempt.


MR. GUNN: Did you ever go around and observe the left side?


DR. JONES: Left side. Excuse, I was on the left side.


MR. GUNN: Okay.


DR. JONES: Was I saying right side?


MR. GUNN: So all of your view was of the left side?


DR. JONES: All my view was from the President's left side.


MR. GUNN: Okay. Did you ever go around and observe the right side of the -


DR. JONES: I did not go around to the right side.


MR. GUNN: Could you observe any posterior wound on -- of the head from the left side where you were?


DR. JONES: At one point after we had completed the insertion of the chest tubes, IV, and tracheotomy, I looked up over the top of the President's head and from that view was all that I saw. But with him flat on the table, I could not appreciate the size of that wound but did not see a lot of skull or brain tissue on the table, some maybe, but not just a tremendous amount and certainly did not see a flap turned on the right side.


MR GUNN: Were you yourself able to identify any cerebellum or cerebrum tissue on the table?


DR. JONES: If there was I thought -- from my vantage point, I thought that it was a very small amount.


MR. GUNN: And were you able to identify one form of brain tissue versus another?


DR. JONES: No -


MR GUNN: Okay.


DR JONES: - but did see the very small wound which I thought was an entrance wound to the head. That was pretty clear.


[...]

 

DR. McCLELLAND: Let me just tell you that Paul brought it up.

 

Dr. Jenkins, when I came in the room, told me as I walked by to come up to the head of the table and he said , Bob, there's a wound in the left temple there. And so I went to the table and I thought, you know, knowing nothing else about any of the circumstances, that's like that (indicating).
 

MR. GUNN: Just for the record, you're pointing in with your -
 

DR. McCLELLAND: Yeah, the left temple -
 

MR. GUNN: -- finger at the left temple and now the back o the head.
 

DR. McCLELLAND: -- came out the back. And there was a lot of blood on the left temple. There was blood everywhere, but there was a lot of blood on the left temple, so I didn't question that. And in fact, in something else -- Pepper testified somewhere else, he denied that he said that to me in the Warren Commission. And I told him -- I said Pepper, don't you remember? No, I never said that, Bob, and I never said the cerebellum fell out. Well, yes, you did, too, but I didn't argue with him.
But the upshot of it is what that led to was Mr. Garrison's case in New Orleans, and he put together a scenario where he thought someone -- because of what I had said about the left temple bullet -- was in the storm sewer on the left side of the car and fired this bullet that killed the President, another gunman. He didn't say that Oswald was not there. He just said there was another gunman. And so he never contact -- Garrison never contacted me until it was essentially time to have the case in court.

 

DR. PETERS: Clay Shaw.
 

DR. McCLELLAND: Right. And so I got a call one morning and it was from his office -- one of the people in Garrison's office, and he wanted to know if I would come to New Orleans and testify. And I said, Well, you know, it's odd that none of you had talked to me before this. I've been hearing something about it on television and whatnot. And they said, Well, we assumed that you still believed that the course of the bullet was as you said in your written testimony right after, and I said no. And his voice went up about three octaves and he said, What? And I said no, and I explained to him that I had learned other things about the circumstances at the time and that Jenkins had told me I didn't see any wound here. I was just stating what I had been told and that I wrote that down in my written statement right after the assassination. And so that was -- kind of took the wind out of the sails in that particular prosecution.
 

DR. JONES: I have two comments relating to this, what's just been said and my comment. The afternoon of the assassination we were up in the OR and Lito Puerto -- I think it's L-i-t-o, Puerto, P-u-e-r-t-o -- was in the OR -
 

DR. PETERS: Neurosurgeon..
 

DR. JONES: -- and he said he was -- that he referred to the President -- because he had been down there and he said, I put my -- he was shot in the leg. I said, he was shot in the left temple. He said, I put my finger in the hole, and I think that was part of --
 

DR. McCLELLAND: I never heard that. That's news to me.
 

DR. JONES: And so -- in fact, I told Mr. Haron the other day -- I gave him Lito Puerto's name and his telephone number. I said you know if you're going to have the group down here, why don't you get Puerto down here to clarify that comment, if indeed that were the case or it's not the case But I think that was part of where some of that came from. The other comment that -- to clarify what I said regarding Arlen Specter, I'm saying [sic] that he pressured me because that was after the testimony that I had given. I think what he was implying was that -
 

DR. PERRY: Discretion.
 

DR. JONES: -- that you - you could get people to testify that the President had been shot from the front.
 

DR. PERRY: He was asking you to be discreet -
 

DR. JONES: I think that's right.
 

DR. PERRY: -- not to -- not to talk too much.
 

DR. JONES: Not to talk about -- he didn't say don't -
 

DR. PERRY: He didn't know you weren't going to talk about it.
 

DR. JONES: -- don't say what you think, but he suggested that I not talk about what he was telling me.
 

MR. GUNN : Okay.
 

DR. PERRY: He didn't know you weren't going to talk about it anyway.
 

DR. JONES: Not for 35 years.
 

MR. GUNN: I think that each of you has now responded to the question about whether you had felt any pressure except for Dr. McClelland unless I missed that.
 

DR. McCLELLAND: I felt no pressure.
 

MR. GUNN: No pressure? Did anytime -- anything ever happen subsequently to the Warren Commission where you felt any pressure from anyone, the Government, to testify one way or the other about this?
 

DR. McCLELLAND: No.
 

DR. JONES: No.
 

MR. GUNN: You're all shaking your heads Dr. Peters, is that --
 

DR. PETERS: No, I've never felt any pressure. The only -- well, fine.
 

DR. McCLELLAND: When did Lito say he did that?
 

DR. JONES: It was that afternoon.
 

DR. McCLELLAND: That afternoon.
 

DR. JONES: It was my -- it was that afternoon, and I believe we were upstairs, but he had mentioned that he had put his finger into the -- and he was sort of known as the guy that went down and put his fingers in missile -or bullet --
 

DR. PETERS: Brains.


DR. JONES: -- wounds, and that was his comment at the time.

 

Transcript: http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/arrbpark.htm

 

https://history-matters.com/archive/jfk/arrb/medical_testimony/pdf/Parkland_8-27-98.pdf

 

What did Ronald Jones mean when he talks about having direct knowledge of a small bullet wound in the head?

 

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I found this reference in Palamara's From Parkland To Bethesda:

 

“High Treason”, p. 460---“The first doctor to see what he said was a bullet entry wound near the left temple was Dr. Leto (sic) Porto.”[only reference to Dr. Lito Porto];

It's on page 336 of the 2006 edition.

 

This a quote from the 1989 edition of the book - before Dr. Jones talked about Lito Porto to the ARRB. And there is no other reference or citation for where this information came from.

 

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