An illustration from one of the surgeons who operated on John F. Kennedy after his fatal shooting has gone up for auction.
The depiction, drawn by Dr. Robert McClelland, contradicts the official story many believe to be fact. McClelland, who held Kennedy’s head after the president was shot while riding in a motorcade through Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, claims there was a second gunshot wound to the president’s head.
The illustration shows two pairs of entry and exit wounds as McClelland saw them, and it is being sold via the Nate D. Sanders auction house. The bidding starts at $2,500, and ends Thursday night.
McClelland’s illustration was more than likely drawn shortly after the operation, given how fresh and precise it appears. It shows a side view of Kennedy’s head with a four-by-five-inch exit wound toward the rear.
However, it also depicts a second small entrance wound on the lower part of Kennedy’s neck, which McClelland noted that he observed with his own eyes.
The official account from investigators states that Kennedy was shot from behind by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was stationed at a sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository.
McClelland’s illustration suggests there was a small hole in Kennedy’s neck, as well as a large split-open hole toward the back of his head.
“The first bullet hit him in the back, not in the front as we thought at the time,” McClelland told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
“Several seconds later, the second shot hits him and his head literally explodes, and he was thrown violently backward and to the left as you would expect someone hit by a high-caliber bullet from the front, not from above and behind.
McClelland explained that the second shot “would have had to come in from the picket fence on the grassy knoll, in my view of it.”
The former surgeon said that he he thinks there were at least two shooters.
“Whether there was anything else, I have no opinion on that,” he added.