JFK’s brain went missing. Like seriously! How do you misplace a brain? I know that we’ve all lost something from time to time, but seriously, WTF? It’s not like school homework or even a bloody mastercard. It’s a dudes brain, and a pretty important dudes brain at that. So JFK’s brain went missing, where did it end up being?
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, he was the 35th president of the United States and became the fourth president to be assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. It was a tragedy that echoed around the world, and left a nation in mourning. But as if the tragic ending of a brilliant political career, and of the life of a father and husband wasn’t bad enough, before he was buried, JFK’s brain went missing.
Being the first assassination in over sixty years, and with no shortage of conspiracy theories abound, the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations was setup in 1976 to look into the tragic events on November 22, 1963. Although thirteen years had passed since the tragedy, it was hoped that the committee would bring closure to the murder of the 35th president. But while it did solve some mysteries, it opened up another that very few even knew of. It was the fact that John Fitzgerald Kennedy was buried without his brain. So where is it? That’s the true tragedy of it. JFK’s brain is missing, and no one knows where it is.
Where could JFK’s missing brain be?
Following his death, JKF’s body underwent an autopsy. During the autopsy his brain was removed and placed inside a stainless steel box. The Secret Service removed the box and took it to the White House. This is where the trail begins to get confusing and difficult to follow. In 1965 JFK’s younger brother, Robert, turned over the box containing his brothers brain to the National Archives for safe keeping. He feared that his brothers brain would become a historical curiosity and be put on display. By October 1966, there was no record of the stainless steel box on the records of the National Archives. It was missing.
G. Robert Blakey, the committees chief counsel said that despite all their efforts, the box and its contents could not be found. He believed that the Kennedy’s had disposed of the brain.