The last surviving FBI agent present at the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy has died. With James Sibert, goes one more account of how the 35th president was assassinated. A memorial service was held Saturday in Fort Myers.
Sibert will be best known for his observations at President Kennedy’s autopsy. In many interviews, the retired FBI agent said he “didn’t buy the single bullet theory,” which was key to the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the shooting.
Sibert’s son former FBI agent Bob Sibert says his father was confused by how his observations were exaggerated and used in conspiracy theories that later arose.
“He obviously stood by their observations. There were some people who came forward with some rather bizarre things and I think he found it rather disturbing that people would try to fit everything into their perception of a scenario that didn’t really have a basis in fact,” said son Bob Sibert.
Sibert retired to Fort Myers in 1972. He remained active in the local chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. His former colleague retired agent Paul Nolan says Sibert was caring person who helped widows and widowers in the FBI society.
“He would go out and keep in touch with the surviving spouse over the period of years – help them recover from their grief and tend to the tasks that they were unprepared to address,” said Nolan.
Sibert lived with Parkinson’s disease in his final years. He died April 6th of complications after a fall. Several retired FBI agents attended his memorial. He was 93-years-old.