In the Eye of History

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An oral history of the JFK autopsy

Anyone interested in the greatest mystery of the 20th century will benefit from the historic perspective of the attendees of President Kennedy’s autopsy. For the first time in their own words these witnesses to history give firsthand accounts of what took place in the autopsy morgue at Bethesda, Maryland, on the night on November 22, 1963. Author William Matson Law set out on a personal quest to reach an understanding of the circumstances underpinning the assassination of John F. Kennedy. His investigation led him to the autopsy on the president’s body at the National Naval Medical Center. In the Eye of History comprises conversations with eight individuals who agreed to talk: Dennis David, Paul O’Connor, James Jenkins, Jerrol Custer, Harold Rydberg, Saundra Spencer, and ex-FBI Special Agents James Sibert and Frances O’Neill. These eyewitnesses relate their stories comprehensively, and Law allows them to tell it as they remember it without attempting to fit any pro- or anticonspiracy agenda. The book also features a DVD featuring these firsthand interviews.


William Matson Law has written for the research periodicals the Kennedy Assassination Chronicles and the Dealey Plaza Echo, is producer of the forthcoming film The Gathering, and currently serves as a consultant to film director Brian McKenna for his upcoming documentary Killing Kennedy. He lives in central Oregon.


“A must have for researchers. It will become the standard volume on what really took place at the autopsy.”  —Matthew Smith, author, JFK: The Second Plot“Anyone who wants a firsthand look at that long ago night, this is as close as we can now get.”  —Dr. David W. Mantik, founding member, research forum"William Law is the finest oral historian that I have ever encountered. Publication of this new edition will assist educators at all levels as we seek to teach our nation’s youth about President John F. Kennedy’s life and his tragic death." —Dr. Thomas L. Pearcy, Professor of History, Slippery Rock University