Detroit benefits from a personal look into the President John F. Kennedy assassination when internationally-recognized forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht arrives for a special lecture on the killing. The event will occur on Friday, October 25, on the eve of the 50-year anniversary of one of America’s biggest tragedies and lingering mysteries.
Wecht, a renowned expert consultant in global cases, will address the assassination at the Royal Oak campus of Oakland Community College. He will explain his scathing criticisms of The Warren Commission, the government study of the killing, with whom he has outspokenly disagreed publicly.
Wecht discovered that the brain of President Kennedy went missing after the shooting and claims that if it were available for examination, it would prove that there were two shooters during the assassination. He’s also testified before Congress in Washington DC regarding details of the case and The Warren Commission’s errors.
The event is being co-hosted by OCC adjunct instructor Ronald B. Burda and Social Sciences Department Chair Michael Vollbach.
“I recently returned from meeting with both Cyril Wecht and Oliver Stone in Pittsburgh, in preparation for this opportunity for the Detroit area,” said Burda, a St. Clair Shores attorney. Stone, a well-known Hollywood entity directed the 1991 political thriller “JFK,” which explored the controversy surrounding the Kennedy killing and its associated conspiracies.
Wecht, 82, holds both an M.D. and J.D and teaches law classes at Duquesne University in Pennsylvania as well as serves as clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has held the office of president of both the American Academy of Forensic Science and the American College of Legal Medicine, and currently heads the board of trustees of the American Board of Legal Medicine. Wecht was a county commissioner in the greater-Pittsburgh area and worked as Allegheny County Coroner and Medical Examiner.
Throughout his career, he has performed more than 18,000 autopsies (and assisted in 38,000 more), and is the author of numerous books on the murders and deaths of some of the more engrossing cases.
His expertise has weighed in on such famous trials as those of OJ Simpson, Casey Anthony and Scott Peterson, and the investigations into the deaths of Robert Kennedy, Vincent Foster, Sharon Tate, Rolling Stone Brian Jones, JonBenet Ramsey, Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel, Elvis Presley, Sunny von Bulow, and more.
In a series of 2013 lectures regarding the Kennedy killing, Wecht has appeared at college campuses across America, sharing that forensic evidence proves there were two shooters in the killings of each President John F. Kennedy, his brother Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and civil-right activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Wecht was also the first to reveal that Elvis Presley died of a lethal combination of drugs, and, in his book “Who Killed JonBenet Ramsey?,” offers that the little Colorado beauty contestant was most likely the accidental victim of a sex game perpetuated by her father, John Ramsey. No one has ever been tried in the 1996 Ramsey case and it remains a mystery as to how the six-year-old was murdered.
Wecht maintains that most investigative problems, such as the conclusive story on President Kennedy, resulted from incompetent police work and even a government cover-up of facts. As further proof of his stance, he says that 85 percent in a poll of 2,200 Americans don’t believe The Warren Commission’s findings.
Friday’s presentation will take place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the auditorium on the second floor, followed by a question and answer session. Wecht will hold a media conference just prior to that at 6 p.m. in the first floor room D-108.
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