A missing piece of history

In today’s paper, we interviewed Ellen Telaneus, the eldest child of Dr. Charles “Jim” Carrico, the first doctor to tend to President John F. Kennedy after being fatally wounded at Dealey Plaza in Dallas.

According to reports, Dr. Carrico testified before the Warren Commission that he had written a letter to his children that they could read when they were older describing what he experienced Nov. 22, 1963 at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

It’s something Telaneus said neither she nor her two other siblings have ever viewed.

“We’ve never seen it,” she said. “We’ve never seen that letter.

“I think it got lost in a move, or in a file, and we never saw it.”

Sue Carrico, Dr. Carrico’s wife, said they went through his things carefully after his death in 2002 and the letter was never recovered.

Telaneus said as a teenager in 1975, she read the Warren Commission report.

“When I got to be about probably 15, I went and read the report of the Warren Commission and said, ‘Hey, Dad, where’s this letter?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know,’” she said. “We kind of looked around a little bit. It was misplaced at some point.

“I thought, ‘Well, darn.’ When I asked him about it, he couldn’t really recall much of what it said so if you read the Warren report, that’s the closest I know to what it said.”

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