amination conducted that date, "the remains in the grave marked as Lee Harvey Oswald are indeed Lee Harvey Oswald." This conclusion was based upon comparison of the postmortem dental findings with existing antemortem dental charts and radiographs. The left mastoidec­tomy defect also correlated with the antemortem medical records.

 

Acknowledgment

 

Special notes of appreciation to the Photography Unit of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for the security measures employed while developing and print-

 

 

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                   Table 3 - Forensic dental examination summary of Lee Harvey Oswald, 4 Oct. 1981.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antemortem

Post

mortem

 

 

Tooth

Tooth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No.(a)

Name

Finding

Source(b)

Remarks

Charting

Radiographs

Remarks

Correlation

1

maxillary

missing

2,3,4

 

partially

partially

tooth unerupted at

consistent

 

right third

 

 

 

erupted

erupted

time of antemortem

 

 

molar

not visible

5

radiographs

 

 

exam and radio-

 

 

 

 

 

    do not show

 

graphs

 

 

 

 

 

  maxillary bone

 

 

 

2

maxillary

occlusal

2

10/25/56

occlusal

occlusal

error in charting;

probably

 

right second

lingual

 

 

caries

caries

should have been

consistent

 

molar

metallic restoration

 

 

 

marked on tooth 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

only; really new

 

 

 

normal

5

3/27/58

 

 

caries between

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1958 and 1963

 

3

maxillary

occlusal lingual

2, 5

 

occlusal lingual

large occlusal

restorations show

consistent

 

right first

metallic restora-

 

 

amalgam resto-

restoration

similar radiographic

 

 

molar

tion

 

 

ration

 

morphology

 

 

 

 

 

 

mesial and distal fossa occlusal

 

restorations completed after last

 

 

 

 

 

 

amalgam resto-

 

antemortem records

 

 

 

 

 

 

rations

 

 

 

4

maxillary

normal

5

3/27/58

distal caries

distal caries

new caries developed

consistent

 

right second

 

 

 

 

 

between 1958 and

 

 

molar

 

 

 

 

 

1963

 

5

maxillary

occlusal metallic

2, 5

…

occlusal amalgam

occlusal metallic

restorations show

identical

 

right first

restoration

 

 

restoration

restoration

identical radio-

 

 

premolar

 

 

 

 

 

graphic morphol-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ogy

 

6

maxillary

normal

…

        …

prominent facial

…

…

…

 

right cuspid

 

 

 

tubercule

 

 

 

8

maxillary

normal

…

…

rotated distally

 

…

consistent

 

right central

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

incisor

 

 

 

mesial caries

mesial caries

 

 

9

maxillary

rotated

2

10/25/56

rotated distally

…

…

consistent

 

left central

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

incisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

maxillary

distal amalgam

2, 3

5/14/58

distal amalgam

…

…

consistent

 

left lateral

restoration

 

 

restoration

 

 

 

 

incisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

maxillary

occlusal metallic

2

10/25/56

occlusal amalgam

occlusal metallic

restorations show

consistent

 

left first

restoration

 

 

restoration

restoration

identical radiographic

 

 

premolar

 

 

 

 

 

morphology

 

 

 

distal

3

no date

no distal

no distal

error in charting;

probably

 

 

restoration

 

 

restoration

restoration

should have been

consistent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

distal caries 13

 

13

maxillary

mesial

3

no date

no mesial

no mesial

error in charting;

probably

 

left second

restoration

 

 

restoration

restoration

should have been

consistent

 

premolar

 

 

 

 

 

mesial caries 14

 

 

 

distal caries

5

3/27/58

 

distal caries

 

consistent

14

maxillary

occlusal lingual

2, 5

…

mesial occlusal

mesial occlusal

root canal therapy

consistent

 

left first

metallic restoration

 

 

amalgam resto-

restoration with

and restoration

 

 

molar

 

 

 

ration with

broken mesial

performed after

 

 

 

 

 

 

broken mesial

lingual cusp and

last antemortem

 

 

 

 

 

 

lingual cusp

root canal ther-

dental record date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

apy

 

 

15

maxillary

occlusal metallic

2, 5

…

mesial fossa

mesial fossa

restorations show

identical

 

left second

restoration

 

 

amalgam resto-

metallic resto-

identical radio-

 

 

molar

 

 

 

ration

ration

graphic morphology

 

16

maxillary

missing

2, 3, 4

 

partially erupted

partially erupted

tooth unerupted at

consistent

 

left third

 

 

 

 

 

time of antemortem

 

 

molar

not visible

5

radiographs do

 

 

exams and radio-

 

 

 

 

 

not show

 

 

graphs

 

 

 

 

 

maxillary bone

 

 

 

 

17

mandibular

missing/im-

2, 3, 4

 

partially erupted

partially erupted

…

consistent

 

left third

pacted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

molar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

unerupted

5

3/27/58

 

 

 

 

18

mandibular

occlusal metallic

2

10/25/56

occlusal

occlusal metallic

…

consistent

 

left second

restoration

 

 

amalgam resto-

restoration

 

 

 

molar

 

 

 

ration

 

 

 

 

 

facial amalgam

2

11/1/56

facial amalgam

 

 

 

 

 

restoration

 

 

restoration

 

 

 

19

mandibular

occlusal metallic

2

10/25/56

mesial occlusal

mesial occlusal

restorations show

consistent

 

left first

restoration

 

 

distal amal-

distal metallic

similar radio-

 

 

molar

 

 

 

gam restoration

restoration

graphic mor-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

phology

 

 

 

mesial occlusal

2, 5

11/1/56

 

 

 

 

 

 

distal amal-

 

3/28/58

 

 

 

 

 

 

gam restoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

facial amalgam

2

11/1/56

facial amalgam

 

 

 

 

 

restoration

 

 

restoration

 

 

 

20

mandibular

distal occlusal

2, 3

4/30/58

distal occlusal

distal occlusal

…

consistent

 

left second

amalgam

 

 

metallic

metallic

 

 

 

premolar

restoration

 

 

restoration

restoration

 

 

 

 

distal caries

5

3/28/58

 

 

 

 

21-29

 

normal

…

…

normal

…

several mm lingual

…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bone loss 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and 25

 

30

mandibular

missing

2, 3, 4, 5

…

missing

missing

…

consistent

 

right first

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

molar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

mandibular

occlusal metallic

2, 5

…

occlusal amal-

occlusal metallic

…

consistent

 

right second

restoration

 

 

gam restoration

restoration

 

 

 

molar

with mesial

 

 

with mesial

with mesial

 

 

 

 

drift

 

 

drift

drift

 

 

32

mandibular

missing/

 

 

mesial

present

…

consistent

 

right

unerupted

2, 3, 5

 

drift

 

 

 

 

third molar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

present

4

 

tooth partially

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

erupted at time of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

charting

 

 

 

Other

…

bilateral

 

 

bilateral

 …

…

consistent

 

 

posterior

 

 

posterior

 

 

 

 

 

crossbite

2

10/25/56

crossbite

 

 

 

 

 

exam and bite-

 

 

 

 

 

consistent

 

 

wing radio-

3

3/27/58

 

 

 

 

 

 

graphs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a)      Universal Number System.

(b)      From list of Antemortem Dental Records (Table 4).               

 

 

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TABLE 4-Lee Harvey Oswald's antemortem dental records available on  4 Oct. 1981.

 

1.         Report of medical examination on Military Standard Form 88 (enlistment exam) completed at Armed Forces Examination Station, Dallas, TX, on 24 Oct.1956 (dental exam not performed).

2.         Dental Health Record on Military Standard Form 603. Initial exam completed at Marine Corps Re­cruit Depot, San Diego, CA, on 25 Oct.1956 with services rendered through 14 May 1958.

3.         Dental examination and treatment record on NAVMED-1299 initially completed on 27 March 1958 with operations and treatments through 14 May 1958.

4.         Report on medical examination on Military Standard Form 88 (separation exam) completed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Santa Ana, CA on 3 Sept.1959.

5.         Dental interproximal (bitewing) radiographs made at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Santa

Ana, CA on 27 March 1958. 

 

 

ing the illustrations along with Felix Cordero, Jr. and Hamo Meguerditchian for their help with the examination.

 

 

References

 

[1] Eddowes, M., The Oswald File, Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1977.

[2] Eddowes V. Curry, Tex. Civ. App. 599 SW2d 367.

 

 

Address requests for reprints to

James A. Cottone, DMD, MS

Department of Dental Diagnostic Science

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School

7703 Floyd Curl Dr.

San Antonio, TX 78284

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