He had his wife Sigrid and program organizer Dr. Katherine Ramsland sit in chairs in the front of the room to simulate the positions of Kennedy and Connally in the car.
He demonstrated that one bullet had to change directions at least twice in mid-air to strike both men. He said Connally had five wounds.
Wecht said the two military pathologists called in to Bethesda Naval Hospital to do the autopsy on the president, after his body was flown to Washington, had never done a single gunshot-wound autopsy in their entire careers. He said 33 people witnessed that autopsy, including admirals and generals.
Wecht said in August 1972, he learned President Kennedy’s brain was missing. “To this day, all these years later, it remains missing.” He said forensic analysis of the brain would have shown trajectories of two different bullets.
He said Jack Ruby, the man who killed Oswald two days after the assassination, had been let into the basement of the police building in Dallas by a high-ranking police officer. “The Warren Commission never said anything about that.” He said Jack Ruby was Mafia, but he does not believe the Mafia orchestrated the death of the president.
He also does not believe vice president Lyndon Johnson, who became president when Kennedy was killed, or FBI director J. Edgar Hoover were involved.
“I do believe Hoover was very much part of the subsequent cover-up and not digging into it.”
He also does not believe the Russians, Cubans or Chinese were behind the assassination.
Waiting for the truth
The 82-year-old Wecht told the audience he used to think the truth about the assassination would be made known in his lifetime. “I now know it’s not going to happen in my lifetime. It’s going to take another generation or two. There remains under seal to this day thousands of documents, which according to an executive order issued in April 1965, remain sealed for 75 years.
“My suggestion is get your children and your grandchildren to read and study, that’s the call to action.”
He encouraged DeSales to get the 26-volume Warren Commission report on the president’s assassination for its library, but to be sure to put it with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other works of fiction.
The audience applauded when he called that report “the greatest bit of forensic scientific fiction that has ever been foisted on the American public.”
Robert Kennedy assassination
Wecht said Robert Kennedy had just won the Democratic primary in California and was assured of winning the Democratic nomination for president in 1968. He was assassinated in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 6, 1968.
The accused assassin is Sirhan Sirhan.
Wecht stunned the audience when he said the autopsy of Robert Kennedy showed he was killed by a shot fired from only an inch to an inch-and-a-half behind Kennedy’s right ear.
On that point, he said, “There was unanimity of opinion among 10-12 forensic pathologists, including military people.
“This evidence was never introduced into the trial of Sirhan Sirhan,” said Wecht.
"Also, there were 13 shots fired. The gun only held eight bullets. He sure as heck never reloaded that gun.”
He said a private guard standing right behind Robert Kennedy had a gun, but it was never examined by the authorities. Months later, a search for that gun showed it changed hands several times, then was stolen and never recovered.
Wecht said he participated in the autopsy of James Earl Ray, accused assassin of Martin Luther King. He described Ray as a “two-bit, petty, punk thief – a penniless bum who was in jail for most of his adult life.” He also said Ray was not involved in politics.
He expressed skepticism that Ray acted on his own in killing the civil rights leader on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn.
Wecht said Ray fled to Canada, but forgot to take the rifle with his fingerprints on it. He said, in Canada, Ray had documents “that would make Sean Connery playing 007 green with envy,” and that he managed to flee to England and Portugal before being caught.