Official report diluted graphic evidence
The new book includes graphic testimony given by Jackie Kennedy to the Warren Commission about the shooting. This was excluded from the Warren Commission report and has not been published before.
The book says: "The commission chose to leave out, without an explicit explanation of why, three sentences in which Mrs Kennedy described trying to hold the president's skull in place, beginning with the words 'I was trying to hold his hair on'. In the official transcript, the commission replaced that passage with the phrase 'Reference to wounds deleted'.
The book reveals what Mrs Kennedy told the Warren Commission. "I was trying to hold his hair on," she said, describing the large piece of his skull that had been blown off by the second bullet. "From the front, there was nothing – I suppose there must have been. But from the back you could see, you know, you were trying to hold his hair on, and his skull on."
Slightly earlier in her testimony, Mrs Kennedy had described what she saw as the second bullet was hitting: "And just as I turned and looked at him, I could see a piece of his skull and I remember it was flesh coloured, with little ridges at the top. I remember thinking that he just looked as if he had a slight headache. And I just remember seeing that. No blood or anything. And then he sort of did this. . ."
At that point, the book says: "She raised one hand to her head, explaining that her husband 'put his hand to his forehead and fell in my lap'."