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#1 Herbert Blenner

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Posted 16 December 2014 - 07:01 AM

One single sentence from the report of the Forensic Pathology Panel is perhaps the most underrated disclosure in the assassination literature. This sentence described those features of the remnant throat wound which enabled the panel to argue that entering bullets made the transverse back wound and the scalp wound.

Source: Report of the Forensic Pathology Panel - 7HSCA, 93


(262) There is a semicircular missile defect near the center of the lower margin of the tracheotomy incision, approximately in the midline of the neck, with margins which are slightly denuded and reddish-brown.
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The denuded and discolored margin is evidence of an entry wound. In fact, this same panel cited these features while arguing that an entering bullet made the transverse wound of the back.

Source: Report of the Forensic Pathology Panel - 7HSCA, 86


(246) There is a sharply outlined area of red-brown to black around the wound in which there is dried, superficial denudation of the skin, representing a typical abrasion collar resulting from the bullet’s scraping the margins of the skin at the moment of penetration. This is characteristic of gunshot wounds of entrance and not typical of exit wounds. This abrasion extends around the entire circumference, but is most prominent between 1 o'clock and 7 o'clock about the defect (with the head at 12 o'clock). In addition, there are several small linear, superficial lacerations or tears of the skin extending radically from the margins of the wound at 10 o'clock, 12 o'clock and 1 o'clock. These measure 0.1, 0.2 and 0.1 centimeter respectively. Photographically enhanced prints of photographs Nos. 38 and 39 reveal much more sharply contrasted color determination and, to some degree, more sharply outlined detail of the abrasion collar described above.
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The pathology panel also cited denudation and discoloration of the margins to argue that an entering bullet made the scalp wound.

Source: Report of the Forensic Pathology Panel - 7HSCA, 104


(296) Accurate reconstruction of the exact dimensions of the wound is difficult because the ruler and wound are in different planes of focus. The long axis of the wound more closely approximates a vertical angle than that depicted within the "Autopsy Descriptive Sheet." (See fig. 6.) The inferior margin of this wound, from 3 to 10 o'clock, is surrounded by a crescent-shaped reddish-black area of denudation, again presenting the appearance of an abrasion collar, resulting from the rubbing of the skin by the bullet at the time of penetration. From 12 to 3 o'clock, there is a suggestion of undermining, that is, tunneling of the tissue between the skin surface and the skull. Three small linear lacerations or tears of the skin, measuring less than 0.2 centimeter, in length, extend radially from the margins of the defect at 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock, and 3 o'clock. (See fig. 14, a close-up photograph of this wound.)
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The Forensic Pathology Panel did not explain why denuded and discolored margins are evidence of entry wounds in these two cited cases and are unworthy of elaboration in relation to the throat wound.

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