- John Lattimer
Dr. John Kingsley Lattimer (
October 14, 1914, in Mount Clemens, Michigan- May 10, 2007in Teaneck, New Jersey) was a urologist who did extensive research on the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations, becoming the first medical specialist not affiliated with the United States government to examine the medical evidence related to the John F. Kennedy assassination.Hevesi, Dennis. [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/nyregion/13lattimer.html?_r=1&oref=slogin "John K. Lattimer, Urologist of Varied Expertise, Dies at 92"] , " The New York Times", May 13, 2007. Accessed May 13, 2007.] Dr. Lattimer studied at Columbia Universityand was chairman of the urologydepartment at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University for 25 years. [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/05/13/america/NA-GEN-US-Obit-Lattimer.php AP Obituary, published in the International Herald Tribune] ] He wrote 375 papers helping to establish pediatric urologyas a field and is credited with developing a cure for renal tuberculosis.
US Army Doctor, World War II
World War II, Dr. Lattimer served as an army physician and treated D-Daycasualties in the field. Lattimer was attached to General Patton's Third Army and participated in Patton's drive across France. Lattimer frequently related a story where, on the occasion of Patton's first crossing of the Rhine River, he observed Patton stop in the middle of the bridge and urinate over the side into the river. Later, Lattimer treated high-ranking Nazis at the Nuremberg war crime trialsincluding Herman Goeringand he served as general medical officer at the Nuremberg Trials, attending to the medical needs of the war crimes defendants. Albert Speer
Author of Biography of Nazi Leaders
In 1999, Lattimer wrote "Hitler’s Fatal Sickness and Other Secrets of the Nazi Leaders" based largely on this experience. In this book he theorized that Hitler exhibited the symptoms of
Parkinson's Disease, which he demonstrates with examples of his deteriorating signature and photographs of Hitler clutching objects to prevent his hand from trembling. Lattimer further proposed that Hitler's discovery of his illness was a factor in postponing Germany's attack on England in late 1940 and directing his attention towards Russia. Lattimer was assigned to the prisoner's barracks at Nuremberg in the spring of 1945, where notorious inmates like Herman Goehring were housed during their trial. Specific steps were taken to prevent Goehring's suicide, as did Himmler before him, who, when arrested by advancing American troops, and realizing no plea bargain to save his life was possible, took cyanide concealed on his person. Goehring's prisoner attire was searched daily for such smuggled drugs, his only allowance a cream used to treat a chronic skin irritation of his inner thighs. Lattimer was called to Goerhing's cell early one morning. The ex-Luftwaffe general lay dead, having consumed cyanide hidden in the jar of medicinal cream.
Professor of Urology, Columbia University
After the war, Lattimer spent 25 years at the
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was a professor and chairman of the urology department. His patients included Katharine Hepburn, Charles Lindbergh, Dmitri Shostakovich, Itzhak Perlmanand Greta Garbo.
Investigator into Kennedy Assassination
Kennedy familychose him in 1972 as the first nongovernmental expert to examine evidence taken at Kennedy's autopsy. Lattimer performed ballistic tests and other research to prove that Lee Harvey Oswaldwas likely the sniper who shot and killed President John F. Kennedyfrom the Texas School Book Depositoryin Dallas. Lattimer frequently performed a demonstration of Oswald's shooting, firing three well-aimed shots within 8.3 seconds with a rifle identical to Oswald's and under the same firing conditions. By doing so Lattimer intended to disprove that Oswald was unable to perform such a feat. He continued to perform this demonstration well into his late 80s. Lattimer owned Oswald's Marine shooting record which he said showed that Oswald was an excellent shot. In 1980, Dr. Lattimer wrote a book: "KENNEDY AND LINCOLN, Medical & Ballistic Comparisons of Their Assassinations" (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980) in which he did an investigation of both presidential assassinations and supported the findings of the Warren Commission. In his book, Lattimer theorized that President Kennedy's arms exhibited the "Thorburn Position" with elbows extended and arms folded inward, as a neurological reaction to the bullet wound to his spine.
Collector of Military Artifacts
Lattimer resided in
Englewood, New Jersey.Davis, Tom. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk1NCZmZ2JlbDdmN3ZxZWVFRXl5NzEzNDM3MSZ5cmlyeTdmNzE3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTM= "Dr. John K. Lattimer, at 92; 'ambassador for medicine'"] , " The Record (Bergen County)", May 13, 2007. Accessed May 13, 2007.] His 30-room Englewood home contained an extensive collection of military paraphernalia, including "medieval armor, Revolutionary and Civil War rifles and swords, a pile of cannonballs, World War II machine guns and German Lugers, Herman Goehring's Luftwaffe ring, drawings by Adolf Hitler, and was thought to be the keeper of a medically preserved section of penile tissue once belonging to a certain Napolean Bonaparte. "
He also owned a pair of Herman Goerin's underwear, and the cyanide container.
*" [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/garden/21lattimer.html/ Story on the fate of the John Lattimer collection in The New York Times] "
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