Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Lee Harvey Oswald: An Important Group of Documents Relating to the Autopsy of John F. Kennedy's Assassin. This fascinating lot consists of:

    1). Carbon copy of the Toxological Report, on original mimeographed form, and actually signed in ink by the Dallas County Toxicologist (signature illegible). Dated 11/24/63, the report finds Oswald negative for poisons, and notes that "no nitrates were detected around the bullet hole..." Rubber-stamped as filed by "Pierce McBride, J.P." (see description of included items).
    2). A similar Blood Alcohol Report, also signed in ink. It is dated 11/25/63, and quaintly notes that the specimen was obtained from the "morgue ice box," it concludes that Oswald was "Negative for alcohol."
    3). The third and most significant document is a carbon of the completed "Authorized Permit for Autopsy" issued to the Pathology Dept. of Parkland Memorial Hospital, and asserting that "upon my own determination...this autopsy is necessary." Signed by Justice of the Peace Pierce McBride. The document shows that five copies were made, for law enforcement and county government agencies, and this is McBride's own copy. The autopsy was requested by "J.R. Leavelle of Homicide", and apparently at that time in Dallas a justice of the peace was authorized to sign off on such a request. Under "pertinent facts regarding death", it states: "Shot with one bullet from .38 caliber revolver in basement of City Hall. Bullet entered in front of left side, going through body and lodging just under skin on right side. Assailant in custody." It also notes, "Please release body to: 'Undertaker of choice of family'" A handwritten postscript at the bottom declares: "11-24-63, Dr. Earl Rose reported just after autopsy: Cause of death - massive hemmorage, secondary to gunshot wound - PMcB by phone to Mrs. (illegible name)"
    4). The final item isinteresting in that it helps to identify these as McBride's own copies: a December 3, 1963, typed note from his secretary, Celeste, addressed "Judge:" and relating to McBride a message from Paul McGroody of the funeral home: "Mr. Carroll, head of the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Austin, said you would be in the clear in signing the death certificate, Secret Service and anyone else concerned will not give permission to exhume body for cremation. You are the only one who could have the authority to sign the certificates and they are not expecting any further situation to arise on the cremation."

    We cannot recall seeing any other official documents relating to Oswald's death being offered on the market, and this group certainly lends a sense of reality to the process of dealing with the murdered assassin's remains. These are 8.5" x 11", and the note is 4" x 6". Also included is the original McBride envelope marked with Oswald's name and file information. All are in excellent condition.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2006
    7th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 6,825

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 30 days left to consign to the 2019 May 14 Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    AZ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    REALIZED $298,294