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Reply #50: Shannan has nothing to do with it. It's Noguchi, the coroner. [View All]

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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-10-08 11:42 AM
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50. Shannan has nothing to do with it. It's Noguchi, the coroner.
The autopsy findings are well-known, not in dispute, and available from dozens of sources not by someone named Shannan, including Noguchi himself in his own book.

So stop using Shannan as your shield to thinking. It's obtuse.

(Note: I also didn't say you "demonized" Shannan, but gave an illustrative example of the fallacy you insist upon repeating, that if you find an author personally suspect, you need not consider his factual statements on their own, even when they are verifiable independently of the author's citation. So if a fact is cited even by Hitler, it can still be true.)

Homework is not hard. Here's the second google hit on "Noguchi powder burns Kennedy":

Los Angeles Coroner Thomas Noguchi conducted the official autopsy on the body of Robert Francis Kennedy on the morning of July 6. This very experienced coroner removed one intact bullet and fragments from another. The operation was witnessed by, according to writer Dan Moldea, "three forensic pathologists from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington and by two of Noguchi’s associates."

In his resulting 62-page report, Noguchi stated that the shot that killed RFK "had entered through the mastoid bone, an inch behind the right ear and had traveled upward to sever the branches of the superior cerebral artery." The largest fragment of that bullet lodged in the brain stem.

(much detail follows on bullets and their probable paths...)

One more issue remained, one that neither Noguchi, the LAPD, nor the witnesses at the crime scene could explain – and one that continues to haunt theorists and historians of the assassination to this day. The shot that both Noguchi and the Los Angeles conclude killed Kennedy – the one that entered the back of his neck, fragmented upon impact and lodged in his brain stem – was fired so close that it left thick powder burns on the skin. Coroner Noguchi estimates (and the LAPD concurs) that the shot was fired at a range no more distant than one-and-a-half inches. Yet, according to all witnesses, Sirhan Sirhan shot in front of Kennedy and, as far as anyone knew, the senator never had the chance to turn his back towards his hunter.

Even though Noguchi remained tight-lipped and diplomatic at the time, in his biography that he penned a decade later – entitled Coroner -- he wrote, "Until more is precisely known…the existence of a second gunman remains a possibility. Thus, I have never said that Sirhan Sirhan killed Robert Kennedy."

As I remember, and here's something you can look up yourself in exchange for my doing basic research on your behalf: Noguchi's autopsy findings were not admitted into the Sirhan trial due to the incompetence of the defense attorney (who was also not named Shannan).
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