Accuracy in Media

We have known for nearly four years that former White House deputy counsel Vincent Foster did not die in the small federal park on the Virginia side of the Potomac River where his body was found. The inexperienced, incompetent U.S. Park Police who were placed in charge of the investigation immediately decided it was suicide because a gun was found in his hand. But unofficial investigators, including two reporters, found a mountain of evidence that pointed to foul play.

We were reluctant to say that it was murder without more information, but we have now found evidence that gives new weight to testimony that indicated that Foster was shot with two bullets, not one. That spells murder. We have known for a long time that there was evidence supporting a two-bullet theory, but we didn?t see that the autopsy report on Foster provides strong support for this theory.

… Dr. James Beyer, who performed the autopsy, reported that the entrance wound was in the posterior oropharynx. That means the back wall of the throat. This means that the gun was aimed not at the brain but at the back of the neck and that the bullet fired inside the mouth exited from the neck, not the skull.

…. Joe Purvis, a friend of Foster?s, claimed that he had seen the body in the mortuary in Little Rock and that there was a hole in the back of the neck the size of a dime. He later retracted the claim, but Dr. Donald Haut, the medical examiner who saw Foster?s body in the park, reported the wound as mouth to neck. Later someone tried to change neck to head, but they botched the job.

All this greatly strengthens the claim that there was another bullet shot into Foster?s head. That claim originated with Richard Arthur, a very perceptive paramedic who saw Foster?s body as it lay in the park. Arthur said he saw what appeared to be a small caliber bullet wound on the right side of Foster?s neck, under the jaw line. Professional hit men are known to kill some of their victims with a .22 caliber pistol fired from the upper neck into the brain. This could be what happened in Foster?s case. Arthur?s statement was not taken seriously by the FBI, but we now know that the authorities have a photo of Foster?s head that shows what may be trauma in the area where Arthur reported seeing a wound.

We overlooked the evidence in the autopsy report that lends support to Arthur?s claim because the Fiske report said the entrance wound was in the soft palate. We didn?t know that posterior oropharynx meant the back of the throat. The four pathologists hired by Fiske made that change. One of them, Chris Hirsely, told me that he decided the wound was really in the soft palate after finding gunshot residue in some soft palate tissue. It seems more likely that the pathologists changed the entrance wound from the throat to the soft palate because that was necessary to make the claim that the bullet entered the brain credible.

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