"JFK: Destiny Betrayed" Misleads on CE399
Updated: Oct 21, 2022
Oliver Stone's so-called documentary series, JFK: Destiny Betrayed, misleads viewers on the bullet found at Parkland Hospital, CE399. They imply that Darrell Tomlinson, the maintenance employee who found the bullet, said that bullet he found didn't look like CE399. The truth is somewhat different. Here is an excerpt from a transcript: (47:55 from episode 2)
Dr. Gary Aguilar: I was very interested in finding out what the Review Board would show us about this. So we began scouring their evidence, and we found out something very interesting. We found out that the Warren Report had, from the FBI, a report saying that the guys that found the bullet later identified that as the bullet they'd seen. The internal record didn't show that at all. The internal record said this bullet didn't look like that bullet at all. But the FBI reported to the Warren Commission that it did, it lied.
Tomlinson told the FBI that C1 (CE399) "appears to be the same" bullet he found at Parkland. O. P. Wright said that C1 (CE399) "looks like" the bullet found at Parkland.
In 1966, Raymond Marcus spoke to Tomlinson and asked him about CE399. He told Marcus that the bullet he found was pretty intact:
And then Tomlinson told Marcus that CE399 looked like the bullet he found:
While it is true that Tomlinson and Wright could not 'identify' the bullet, they did say that CE399 "appears to be the same" and "looks like" the bullet found at Parkland. This is not all that surprising since they both did not mark CE399. They never said that CE399 was not the bullet they found.
JFK: Destiny Betrayed gives the false impression that CE399 did not look like the bullet that was found.
In April 1977, Tomlinson told Dallas Morning News reporter Earl Golz that some federal agents “came to the hospital with the bullet in a box and asked me if it was the one I found. I told him apparently it was, but I had not put a mark on it … If it wasn’t the bullet it was exactly like it.”