MY review of “A Fox Among Wolves” by FBI agent & JFK autopsy witness Francis X. O’Neill

Terrific  book by a great American from the greatest generation!July 26,  2012

I highly recommend this book by JFK autopsy witness and FBI  Agent Francis X. O’Neill Jr. titled “A Fox Among Wolves”. A decorated veteran of  World War II and the Korean War, O’Neill also served with distinction as a New  York City police officer, an FBI agent (1955-1978), and a member of the  Connecticut State Legislature (1982-1990). Francis X. O’Neill Jr. is most famous  for his eyewitness observations at JFK’s autopsy on 11/22/63—in that regard,  the chapter devoted to this specific matter does not disappoint.
This is a highly enjoyable book from start to finish with  many photos, as well. For those with a keen interest in the JFK autopsy, here  are a few of the highlights (including a reprint of the infamous Sibert &  O’Neill report):
-confirms that the statement about surgery to JFK’s head  came from the autopsy doctors themselves;
-speculates that some surgical  procedure had been performed before the autopsy such as cutting of hair or  removal of some tissue to view the head wound (!!!);
-states several  times that the head wound was massive and was located in the right rear of JFK’s  skull;
-“parts of the brain were still there, but not  much”;
-there was a small hole in the upper right rear of the back and  there was no exit for this wound;
-states that Humes said that external  cardiac massage must have worked the back bullet out of the wound in Dallas and  that this solved the dilemma of the bullet found at Parkland;
-states  that Arlen Specter’s single bullet theory was “just a theory”;
and a  whole lot more!
Beyond this controversial topic, the book is surprisingly  as engaging as its author (anyone who has had the honor of viewing the  television debate with author George Michael Evica will appreciate Frank’s dry  wit and humor, as well as his tell-it-like-it-is approach). There are  fascinating stories of his work in the FBI, as well as anecdotes about his  participation in World War II, the Korean War, and the other touchstones of his  life. Frank had a rich, full, extraordinary life, indeed, and this work does a  magnificent job of conveying that to the reader. Highly recommended!

JFK autopsy witness and FBI Agent Francis X. O’Neill: his book titled “A Fox Among Wolves”

I highly recommend this book by JFK autopsy witness and FBI Agent Francis X. O’Neill titled “A Fox Among Wolves” (especially the updated edition provided to the author via O’Neill’s son at ). Even though there is an Amazon listing for it, Frank’s son posts a review with information on the superior version, available directly from him for less than 20.00:
Here is Frank’s son’s review: of 4 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars My  father wrote this bookMarch 9, 2011
This book was written by my father who passed away in February  2009 at the age of 85. It is an excellent account of his life and the moments of  history of which he was a part, from his presence at President Kennedy’s autopsy  to his World War II parachute jump on Corregidor. As his son, though, I am quite  likely biased.
I am writing this review to inform anyone considering  purchasing a used copy of the book that there are a number of minor picture  caption typos and one big misstatement in the Editor’s Note of which you should  be aware.
The misstatement concerns the rifle used to shoot President  Kennedy. The Editor’s Note states that it was an M1. That is incorrect. It was a  6.5 millimeter model 91/38 Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. This has been confirmed  with the other F.B.I. agent who was at JFK’s autopsy with Dad.
This  Editor’s Note was not written by my father. His health was beginning to fail at  the time and I do not believe he even proofed it. He would have caught such a  glaring error. The incorrect picture captions were corrected in my final proof  of the book however the publisher inadvertently neglected to make the  corrections before the book was printed.
I have not put this book up for  sale on Amazon, or sent it to the major East Coast newspaper reviewers as  planned, since we have yet to receive corrected copies of the book. The  publisher, Codfish Press of Brewster, MA, has not been forthcoming with those  promised copies and we have little legal recourse since Dad apparently did not  sign a written contract with them. Not unusual for him since his contract was  often just a handshake. It has now been several years and I doubt we will ever  see reprinted copies.
My family and I do hope to have copies of the  existing book up for sale at some point. Any copies sold/distributed by us will  contain labels with corrections pasted over the offending passages. Thank  you.
Francis X. O’Neill III 1/6/2012 Addendum – A reprint of this  book has been completed. If interested in a copy of this book with the errors  corrected, please email me at I will be happy to provide you  with details or answer any questions you may have.

About vincepalamara

Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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2 Responses to MY review of “A Fox Among Wolves” by FBI agent & JFK autopsy witness Francis X. O’Neill

  1. nominay says:

    Thanks to the investigative work of Mark Lane, the credibility lies not with federal officials, but with police witnesses, that the weapon was a 7.65 German Mauser, not that Italian rifle associated w/ Oswald.

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