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JFK: Dallas doctor's daughter reveals crucial details about assassination
JFK: Dallas doctor's daughter reveals crucial details about assassination
by E. Joyce Glasgow - SGN Contributing Writer

"Kennedy/Parkland/Doctors/Daughter ---The Missing Piece"
A one woman documentary performance by Christie Jenkins
Kirkland Performance Hall, July 31st, 2007


Forty four years have passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963 and for those of us who were old enough to remember that sad and traumatizing day, when everything changed in our country, there are still questions and confusion about the circumstances surrounding his death. What I realized, after seeing Christie Jenkins's one woman show on the subject, is that it has become to be believed far more by many people over time, to have been a conspiracy rather than the "lone gunman" theory.

Photographer, writer and self-described "idea entrepreneur", Christie Jenkins, is the daughter of the late Dallas, Texas Anesthesiologist, Dr. M. T. "Pepper" Jenkins, who was the Chief of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and Parkland Hospital. He led the team who attempted to resuscitate President Kennedy, in the hospital, after he was shot. (Eerily, Dr. Jenkins also worked on Lee Harvey Oswald, after Jack Ruby shot him and also later worked on Jack Ruby, when he was struggling with cancer.)

Jenkins' presentation featured a compelling video of her father that she filmed in 1993, (one year before he passed away), in which he gave a talk to a group about his experiences desperately trying to save Kennedy's life and his interactions with the other doctors present and with Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy. This is the first time that I have ever heard the intimate details of what happened in that room. Jenkins believes, from her father's notes and from what her father told her about Kennedy's wounds, that both shots came from Lee Harvey Oswald in the Texas Book Depository and that if the Secret Service had allowed an autopsy of the body, right then and there, that this would have been proven and no conspiracy theories would have developed. However, the Secret Service insisted on flying Kennedy's body back to Washington D. C. to be examined and this long delay served to compromise and complicate the examination's findings.

During her question and answer segment at the end of the presentation, Jenkins found a considerable amount of resistance to the "lone gunman" theory and it was really fascinating to see how many people in the room believe that it was a conspiracy. Several people had done considerable research and strongly refuted her conclusion. The presentation really got people thinking and excited and there was a good deal of passionate discussion on the assassination amongst audience members that went on for a good half hour in the theatre lobby after the show. Forty four years later, everything is still a controversial, unresolved mystery.

Jenkins is hoping to present the piece again in the area, and is hoping to find a local theatre where she can have a run of performances. She has just relocated to Bainbridge Island from Los Angeles and is steeped in her photography career. She said that she would love to photograph local Gay and Lesbian commitment ceremonies and weddings. To see her stunning photos of a young Christopher Reeve and learn more about Jenkins and her projects, visit: www.christiejenkins.com

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