Who stole JFK’s brain?


JACK KENNEDY CAMPAIGNINGIn 1966, it was discovered that the president’s brain,  removed during the 1963 autopsy and then stored in the National Archives, was missing.

Now an author of a new book on the assassination suggests that JFK’s brain was snatched by his brother, Bobby, “perhaps to conceal evidence of the true extent of President Kennedy’s illnesses,” James Swanson writes. “Or perhaps to conceal evidence of the number of medications that President Kennedy was taking.”

JFK had Addison’s disease, a life-threatening lack of adrenal function, and back and digestive problems, which were treated by as many as eight medications a day.

When historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. asked his friend JFK in 1959 about Addison’s, the then-senator replied: ‘’No one who has the real Addison’s disease should run for the presidency. But I do not have it.’’ And Kennedy told a reporter in November 1960 that he did not have Addison’s.

Swanson’s book, End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, will be published next month.

h/t The Guardian, which takes ghoulish delight in discussing the missing body parts of Einstein, Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart, Thomas Paine, Napoleon and Galileo.

Photo: Presidential candidate Jack Kennedy confers with his brother, Bobby, in an L.A. hotel suite during the 1960 Democratic National Convention. Photo by Hank Walker for Time & Life Pictures | Getty Images

A version of this item ran in the Tribune-Review on Oct. 22, 2013. This Just In appears in the print edition of the Trib on Tuesdays and Fridays.