Charles Crenshaw was born in Texas. He received his BS from Southern Methodist University and his MS from East Texas State University. He worked on his Ph.D. at Baylor University Graduate Research Institute in 1957 and, in 1960 received a M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He then became the resident physician in Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
When John F. Kennedy was shot on 22nd November, 1963, he was taken to the hospital and was treated by Dr. Malcolm Perry. Perry performed a tracheotomy over the small wound in Kennedy's throat, therefore inadvertently destroying crucial evidence concerning the direction of the bullet that hit the president. At the press conference that followed the death of Kennedy, Perry stated that he thought the throat hole looked like an entrance wound.
Crenshaw also treated Kennedy at Parkland Hospital. He later stated: "Two wounds were visible. There was a small, round opening in the front of the midline of the throat. This became the site of Dr. Malcolm Perry's tracheotomy incision. In the occipito-parietal region at the right rear of the head, there was an avulsive wound nearly as large as a fist.... I considered the throat wound to be an entrance wound and the large head wound to be an exit wound. Along with many of my Parkland colleagues, I believed at the time that President Kennedy had been hit twice from the front."
The author of JFK: Conspiracy of Silence (1992), Crenshaw, along with Robert Livingston, David Mantik, Ronald F. White and Jack White, contributed to Assassination Science (edited by James H. Fetzer). Crenshaw is also co-author with Gary Shaw of Trauma Room One (2001).
Crenshaw eventually became Professor of Clinical Surgery at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He later worked at the Department of Surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital at Fort Worth.
Charles Crenshaw, died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas on 15th November, 2001.
All I could see there was mangled, bloody tissue. From the damage I saw, there was no doubt in my mind that the bullet had entered his head through the front, and as it surgically passed through his cranium, the missile obliterated part of the temporal and all the parietal and occipital lobes before it lacerated the cerebellum.
Every doctor who was in Trauma Room I had his own reasons for not publicly refuting the 'official line'.... I believe there was a common denominator in our silence - a fearful perception that to come forward with what we believed to be the medical truth would be asking for trouble... Whatever was happening was larger than any of us. I reasoned that anyone who would go so far as to eliminate the President of the United States would surely not hesitate to kill a doctor.
Just after 12:40 p.m. on Friday, 22 November, I entered Trauma Room at Parkland Hospital with Dr. Bob McClelland. Several other Parkland doctors were already there. President Kennedy lay, mortally wounded, on a stretcher. For the next several minutes, I helped administrate emergency treatment to the President and I observed both his throat wound and the wound at the right rear of his head.
I helped to remove President Kennedy's trousers and Dr. Ken Salyer and I performed a cutdown and inserted an IV catheter which fed Ringer's solution into Kennedy's right leg. At the same time, other Parkland doctors were performing a tracheotomy, inserting chest tubes, and doing a similar cutdown on the left leg.
Two wounds were visible. There was a small, round opening in the front of the midline of the throat. This became the site of Dr. Malcolm Perry's tracheotomy incision. In the occipito-parietal region at the right rear of the head, there was an avulsive wound nearly as large as a fist. Bone, scalp, and hair were missing in the region, and brain tissue, including much of the cerebellum, was hanging from the opening. I considered the throat wound to be an entrance wound and the large head wound to be an exit wound. Along with many of my Parkland colleagues, I believed at the time that President Kennedy had been hit twice from the front.
The book I originally wrote with Jen Hansen and J. Gary Shaw, JFK: Conspiracy of Silence, was published in April, 1992 and was well-received across the nation by the American public. I had broken the “edict of silence” thrust upon us, those who tried to save President John F. Kennedy, and, two days later, his accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. My observations contradicted the “official” version of the assassination, as reported in the Warren Report. I stated that President Kennedy was shot at least once, and I believe twice, from the front, and Oswald could not have been a “lone gunman.” I had anticipated criticism from some, but I never expected the vicious attack from my medical colleagues.
In May 1992, the editor and a writer for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) called a press conference in New York to promote a JAMA article which attacked me both personally and professionally. They quoted some of my fellow physicians who had been in the Parkland Emergency room on that tragic day, with statements that varied significantly from the testimony that they had sworn to before the Warren Commission.
I repeatedly asked JAMA for a retraction and correction and received correspondence denying our request. My coauthor Gary Shaw and I were advised to sue JAMA, and on November 22, 1992, exactly 29 years since that fateful day in Dallas, we filed suit for “slander with malice.” In October, 1994, we agreed to court-ordered mediation and accepted a monetary settlement offered by JAMA. The litigation details and exposure of JAMA ‘s unethical publication are included in this book in the section written by our attorney, D. Bradley Kizzia.
The House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded in 1979 that President Kennedy’s death was the result of a probable conspiracy, but their records were sealed until the year 2029. The 1992 President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act (JFK Act) was a unique solution to nearly thirty years of government secrecy, and the government was required to release whatever information it had concerning the assassination. The JFK Act created an independent board that would oversee the government’s implementation of the Act, the Assassination Record Review Board (ARRB).
Many of the revelations from the ARRB have substantiated my allegations in the original book. According to Saundra Spencer, the autopsy photographs of President Kennedy that she developed at the Naval Photography Center in 1963 were different from those in the National Archives since 1966. The ARRB Report also suggests that Dr. Humes, one of three autopsy physicians, appears to have changed his Warren Commission testimony when his deposition was taken under oath by the ARRB. Additional testimony questioned the autopsy and brain photography that are now in the National Archive and Records Administration.
I have no idea who shot President Kennedy or why. What I do know is that somehow and for some reason, there was a medical cover-up. The “official” autopsy photos do not depict the same wounds I saw in Trauma Room One at Parkland. The wounds I saw were wounds of entrance, and thus they could have not come from the rifle of Lee Harvey Oswald.