Did RFK Steal JFK's Brain?

Author claims theft was bizarre cover-up

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 21, 2013 2:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – A lot of JFK-related material will be released in the weeks ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination but this allegation is definitely going for the craziest: A new book claims that the president's brain was stolen from a secure room in the National Archives by his brother, then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. When authorities realized the footlocker containing the brain was missing in 1966, an investigation uncovered "compelling evidence" that RFK and his assistant, Angie Novello, were the culprits, James Swanson, author of End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, tells the New York Post.

Some conspiracy theorists claim the brain was stolen to conceal facts about the assassination, but Swanson believes the brain-swiping was an effort to protect the president's reputation. "My conclusion is that Robert Kennedy did take his brother’s brain—not to conceal evidence of a conspiracy but perhaps to conceal evidence of the true extent of President Kennedy’s illnesses, or perhaps to conceal evidence of the number of medications that President Kennedy was taking," says.

In this July 26, 1963 photo, President John F. Kennedy sits behind microphones at his desk in Washington after finishing a radio-television broadcast to the nation.
In this July 26, 1963 photo, President John F. Kennedy sits behind microphones at his desk in Washington after finishing a radio-television broadcast to the nation.   (AP Photo/John Rous)
John F. Kennedy at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., in 1959.
John F. Kennedy at a news conference in Omaha, Neb., in 1959.   (AP Photo/Newseum, estate of Jacques Lowe)
In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, arrive at Love Field airport in Dallas, as a television camera, above, follows them.
In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, arrive at Love Field airport in Dallas, as a television camera, above, follows them.   (AP Photo/File)
In this footage taken by presidential aide Dave Powers, President John F. Kennedy, accompanied by his wife, Jacqueline, waves from his limousine in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
In this footage taken by presidential aide Dave Powers, President John F. Kennedy, accompanied by his wife, Jacqueline, waves from his limousine in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.   (AP Photo/Assassination Records Review Board, Dave Powers)
This frame grab provided Feb. 22, 2011, by the The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas shows President John F. Kennedy on the eve of his 1963 assassination.
This frame grab provided Feb. 22, 2011, by the The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas shows President John F. Kennedy on the eve of his 1963 assassination.   (AP Photo/The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza)
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