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Articles and Research on the JFK Assassination by David W. Mantik M.D, Ph.D.


About Dr. David Mantik

David W. Mantik, MD, Ph.D. is a radiation oncologist from Rancho Mirage, CA, USA. He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin, and then did a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

Next came a tenure-track faculty position in physics at the University of Michigan, after which he left for medical school at the same institution. After internship and residency in radiation oncology at the LAC/USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, he joined the faculty at the Loma Linda University, where he held a fellowship from the American Cancer Society. For over 35 years he has treated cancer patients with X-rays, electrons, and protons. This requires meticulous knowledge of both external and internal anatomy—in the only medical specialty in which this is critical (or else tumors will be missed).

In 1993 I visited the National Archives on four separate days to examine the autopsy X-rays and photographs. (Altogether I have visited nine times over multiple years.) While there I used a technique called optical densitometry - to study the X-rays. This technique has been available for many years but had never been applied to the JFK autopsy X-rays. It measures the transmission of ordinary light through selected points of the X-ray film. If I had measured thousands of points I could have constructed a three dimensional topographic map of the X-rays. The higher points on this map would represent the blackest areas of the X-ray film and would correspond to areas in the body where the most X-rays had penetrated to the film. In a way, therefore, the information contained in the X-ray film is converted from two dimensions into three dimensions and is that much richer in detail. The range of peaks and valleys on such a topographic map would be expected to fall within a well-defined range for a normal human skull. Any values that were outside of this range - and especially those that lay unnaturally far outside would therefore raise questions of authenticity. Based on three powerful clues from the extant autopsy X-rays at NARA, we now know that the three skull X-rays are copies, and that each one has been critically altered. One change was done quite specifically to incriminate Oswald. It is clear now that three shots struck the head, as discussed in my e-book, JFK’s Head Wounds.

And here are his comments about historians.

Between 1994 and 1998, the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) processed for release approximately 60,000 JFK assassination documents. Its staff also conducted new depositions and interviews with many medical witnesses, some completely new to the case. This wide panorama of fresh sources amassed a compelling case for a post-assassination cover-up in the medical evidence, an area heretofore almost totally ignored by historians. Inasmuch as the assassination is a major event of the twentieth century, and may well represent a turning point in American history, it is incumbent upon historians to understand and explain this event - as well as those that surround it. To date, however, a deafening silence has reigned on these matters, as historians have preferred to tolerate the harvest of The Warren Report rather than to cultivate their own fields.

Possibly inquisitive historians, naturally enough, have no craving to be tainted as 'barmy' by the media paintbrushes, as well might befall them were they to admit publicly to such curiosity. The plain fact, though, is that this controversial issue frightens historians: most genuinely fear for their own professional prestige, and many fear subconsciously at what would gaze back at them from the subterranean depths of this case were they to peer too intently into the well of history. Given the unique nature of these events, and their profound impact on America, this fear is understandable. Ultimately, however, these issues must be faced honestly and responsibly. It is no longer sufficient merely to quote a lawyer turned journalist on these serious questions, nor can the matter be left to the most amateur of professions - the media.

Given the manipulation of the autopsy materials (which were controlled by the Secret Service), the post-assassination cover-up necessarily required the assistance of key government personnel, probably at a high level, possibly even the highest. The growing body of evidence for this conclusion is now simply too great to ignore. Heretofore, the historians' tacitly donned mantle of innocence radiated an aura of genteel credibility, but that mantle has become threadbare. If historians continue to deny the deceitful reality underlying the post-assassination cover-up, they risk becoming accessories after the fact. The bar of history is even now calling them to the stand. The time for a response has come..


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Anissa Andrews Journal of Health Science & Education. *The Journal follows the tenets of the Creative Commons Attribution License providing open access to scholars through the use of a Digital Objective Identifier (DOI) by Google Scholar. See Here

Jim DiEugenio

The reason for the JFK Records Act was not to minimize government secrecy or to increase government transparency, but rather to “tamp down some of the assassination conspiracy theories. It is always astonishing to see one's fundamental beliefs corrected by the media. See Here

Dr. Malcolm Perry

Malcolm Perry lied to the Commission about the throat wound - From a newly released file. *The Journal follows the tenets of the Creative Commons Attribution License providing open access to scholars through the use of a Digital Objective Identifier (DOI) by Google Scholar. See Here

Further Update on Malcolm Perry's lie (about the throat wound) to the Commission... See Here

Of course the throat wound was an entry (perhaps a glass shard from the windshield?):The loyalists' persistent claim that ER doctors consistently misinterpret wounds (e.g., entrance vs. exit) cleverly evades these facts:

1. Such a tiny wound could not be duplicated in experiments by the Commission;

2. Milton Helpern, who had done 60,000 autopsies, had never seen an exit wound that small;

3. Before political leverage was exerted, the NPIC's first scenario included a throat shot at Z-190;

4. During a Commission Executive Session (December 18, 1963), John McCloy, Hale Boggs, and Gerald Ford actually discussed a possible frontal shot from the overpass.

For further details, see my discussion under the paragraph, "The Throat Wound,"See Here

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The link to my intended Mock Trail presentation See Here

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Jim Fetzer link to new presentation See Here

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The JFK Assassination Conference Presentation Dr Mantik (2018)

The JFK Lancer Presentation by Dr Mantik (2018)

The Assassination of JFK: Perspectives Half a Century later (2016) By Robert A. Wagner - A Review by Dr Mantik

The Assassination of JFK: Perspectives Half a Century later (2016) Robert Wagner Response to David Mantik

The Assassination of JFK: Perspectives Half a Century later (2016) David Mantiks 2nd review

The Assassination of JFK: Perspectives Half a Century later (2016) Robert Wagner 2nd Response to David Mantik

Cold Case JFK

How to think like John McAdams posted on Kennedy and King Website

Autopsy X-Rays

The JFK Skull X-Rays: Evidence for Forgery - Assassination Science website

The Silence of the Historians

The JFK Autopsy Materials

A Conversation with John Ebersole M.D.

The Medical Evidence Decoded

The Zapruder Film Controversy

Humes & Boswell Depositions

The John F. Kennedy Autopsy X-Rays: The Saga of the Largest “Metallic Fragment” - Journals Website

Fiester on Trial—Primordial Questions that still Fester

Boo Review: Reclaiming History

Horne Review: A Nearly entirely Positive review

Speer Critique: A New Perspective

Anti Conspiracy Theories Why the media (and Shermer) believe the implausible

Conspiracy Theories: A Decidedly Negative Review

Donald Byron Thomas, Hear No Evil

JFK: Inside the Target Car (Discovery Channel)

Harrison E. Livingstone, Panjandrum: Secrets of the JFK X-rays

The Harper Fragment – Dramatis Personae

The Omissions and Miscalculations of Nicholas Nalli

John McAdams, JFK Assassination Logic

Short Articles by David Mantik



A Final Synthesis and a new analysis of the 'Harper Fragment'
Dr Mantik Book

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