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
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)

(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.

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Talk Sense
Oct 30, 2013 3:54 PM CDT
The link is improperly worded and is the exact opposite of what the author says in his book. Nice job trying to get clicks by posting an inaccurate title,
Oct 21, 2013 5:36 PM CDT
If he took it then he suspected he was shot close range in back of his head. Or it was done to cover up the fact he was shot in the back of the head. Close range by his xrays
Phillip Dodge
Oct 21, 2013 2:25 PM CDT
Since a goodly portion of his brain was shot out all over Jackie and the car it's not exactly like they were saving it intact for future reanimation. The tradition of saving the brain is a time-held tradition which is the motivation for Carl Sagan having written "Broca's Brain" some thirty years ago. If you want to know what the political underpinnings of all things about the assassination you need look no further than Roger Stone's soon to be released book: "The Man Who Killed Kennedy - The Case Against LBJ" where Stone reveals all the secrets the government doesn't want you to know. This is no doubt why the book has risen to number one at Amazon before a single copy is released.