Letters to the Editor

JFK windshield

The Nov. 8 BND referenced the recent sale of the John F. Kennedy limo license plates for $100,000. What would be the auction price of the windshield? In August 1993, Western Michigan professor Doug Weldon learned that glass engineers at the Ford Rouge plant in Dearborn, Mich., had removed the assassination windshield, replaced it, and then destroyed this original.

The value of this destroyed windshield existed in its enormous evidentiary importance due to a hole located about 3 to 6 inches from the driver side of the rear view mirror. This hole was first observed by several witnesses outside of Parkland Hospital. Stavis Ellis and H R Freeman, Dallas police officers, both observed this hole “which was large enough to push a standard (No. 2) writing pencil through.” Richard Dudman, another witness and White House correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, first wrote about the windshield hole in the Dec. 1, 1963, edition of the Post-Dispatch.

Weldon learned about the destruction of the windshield from his interview with Ford Motor employee George Whitaker Sr. Whitaker witnessed two of his subordinate employees removing the windshield on Monday, Nov. 25, 1963. He also noticed the thru-and-thru windshield hole before they destroyed this original. The current windshield on display at the National Archives today has cracks but no hole. It obviously is not the original. You can view Weldon’s work on this topic by watching the internet video of “The Men Who Killed Kennedy — The Smoking Guns.”

Thomas Fohne, Columbia