Chris Scally

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    The search for the original Nix film; Zapruder film history; DPD radio / acoustics evidence

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  1. I second David's comments - Thank You, James, for all your efforts. Chris
  2. Joseph: Thanks for taking the time to reply - it is appreciated. If I can for one moment speak in general terms about your views on the book, as summarized in your Amazon review, I don't think the book was ever meant to address all the various issues raised by the film, and the multiplicity of complex and at times very acrimonious debates it has engendered over the years. My reading of the book was very much in the context of the title - "Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film", the "moving, untold family story behind Abraham Zapruder's film footage of the Kennedy assassination and its lasting impact on our world". In that context, I think it is an excellent book, easy to read, and provides a perspective that has never before been revealed by a very private family. With reference to your specific question about the Doug Horne/Dino Brugioni interview, I have indeed watched it, and on more than one or two occasions ! I don't for one moment doubt Mr. Brugioni's sincerity, but I simply believe he is wrong - as was Homer McMahon in his "NPIC event" account. Late in the evening/night of November 23, 1963, Brugioni was dealing with a Secret Service-provided 8mm print of the film, at a time when Life were in possession of the original. So, irrespective of where it came from, it had already been slit from its camera-original format, and was a copy of undetermined provenance and generation. I have had the very unique opportunity of examining a copy of one of the 16mm black-and-white copies of the film made in Chicago during the afternoon of November 23. The film is in unslit camera-original format (so you can see both sides of the film simultaneously as it is projected, one side 'right-way-up', while the other side is upside-down), and it was made before the original was slit or was damaged in any way. From my own examination of that film, I am absolutely convinced that the film I viewed is genuine, and complete and intact in every way. So, while Doug Horne's account may well be "detailed and convincing" to some, I find neither his nor Dino Brugioni's accounts to be credible. Chris.
  3. I totally disagree that Alexandra Zapruder's book is "deplorable" - it is a fascinating insight into the impact of the film on her family, and gives us a never-before seen or understood look behind much of the film's history. What I do find sadly "deplorable" is that you cite Doug Horne, Homer McMahon and Dino Brugioni as "proof" - or even "evidence" - that the film has been altered. Chris
  4. Thanks, James - hope the upgrade goes through smoothly. Chris.
  5. Hi, John: Many thanks indeed for your response. On the basis of the Harper-related memo that you posted, the initials are not those of Henry B. Heiberger - however, you list of Lab Staff has given me a few more leads, which I will hopefully follow-up tomorrow. Chris.
  6. Hi, Gary: Many thanks indeed for your response. Attached is a copy of his initials on a memo which was sent to the FBI Photo Lab. Do you have a copy of Henry Heiberger's initials to compare it with? Many thanks for your help, as always. Chris
  7. Does anyone here have any idea who in the FBI Photo Lab in Washington in November / December 1963 might have had the initials "HHB"? All or any information would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Chris.
  8. Thanks, James. Best to all who are involved in this very worthwhile endeavor, and keep us posted ... ! Chris.
  9. I'm in too, please
  10. Hi David: Quick question, if I may - "Phil's recap letter" ? Can you tell me anything further, please? Is it in Zavada's Report, or somewhere else where I can find it? Thanks in anticipation, Chris. Posted in error - please ignore / delete
  11. Just on a point of accuracy - this is not Sawyer's HSCA testimony, but an interview report, based on a November 1977 interview of Sawyer carried out by HSCA investigator Harold Rose.
  12. Thanks, Chris. I will e-mail the agent, and see what we get ...! Will update this thread accordingly, if/when I get a response. Chris.
  13. Thanks, Larry. I've looked for contact info for Keith Reddin, but without any success yet. "Frame 312" is a "dramatization of a conspiracy theory", which was also produced in book form in 2002, so I don't know if it is anything other than a good fiction story - I suspect not. However, if anyone can get any further information about the real story behind the book/play, I do have a contact who might be able to tell me if the woman on whom the "Lynette Porter" figure is based was ever an "assistant editor" (or even a very senior secretary) at Life back then.
  14. Chris / Larry / Ron: The flow chart that Larry refers to is one I created back in 2010, in conjunction with my presentation for the JFK Lancer Conference in November of that year (as I was unable to travel, it was presented on my behalf by Randy Owen). The flow chart in question, and the slides from my presentation, are still available on-line at My research into the history of the film continued after 2010, so I can fill in a few more details of how the film got to the FBI on the Saturday evening. On Saturday morning, one of the two copies of the film given by Zapruder to the Secret Service on Friday night was loaned by Secret Service Inspector Kelley to SA Jim Bookhout of the Dallas FBI office, and Bookhout, in the company of SA Robert Barrett (as far as I can determine) took the film back to the Kodak plant in Dallas for an hour long "viewing". Bookhout was also trying to get the film copied in Dallas but failed, so he gave the film to Gordon Shanklin, the SAIC of the Dallas office. just before 5pm, Shanklin phoned FBI HQ in Washington, and (to make a long story short), Shanklin was told to send the film to Washington "immediately". As Ron noted, the film was sent in the personal care of the pilot (who may have been a Capt. Motley) on American Airlines Flight 20 which departed Dallas for Baltimore at 5:20 pm. The flight was met in Baltimore by FBI agents, who brought the film by car to FBI headquarters, a journey of probably less than one hour, which would have put the film in the hands of the FBI in D.C. at approximately 10 pm at the latest. There is also something of a paper trail for at least part of this sequence of events. Sometime after he got the film from Inspector Kelley that morning, Dallas FBI agent Bookhout completed an official FD340 Receipt Form for “one roll - 8mm color film taken by Abraham Zapruder – 11/22/63”, which was “Sent to FBI Lab” on the same date. Along with a copy of the FD340 form, the National Archives (NARA) also holds what purports to be a photograph of the actual spool of film and the box in which it was held. So where does this leave Keith Reddin's story of "Lynette Porter"? On the face of it, it doesn't seem to stand up to close scrutiny, but I guess it could refer to a later event, in which Hoover perhaps asked Time-Life for another 'off-the-record' copy of the film for himself - is that possible, or even likely? The article Chris brought to our notice says this event happened "only a few hours" after Oswald was shot - that was Sunday, November 24. By that time, the FBI Lab (and therefore Hoover) already had the film for almost 24 hours. Thoughts, anyone else? Chris
  15. Through my I.T. security background, I have a reasonably good idea of the cost involved in restoring a site that has been destroyed by hackers, so I can fully appreciate where James is coming from. If, as we all seem to agree, the Lancer site was - and hopefully will be again - a very worthwhile site with which we want to be associated, then why not just register as a member? As a registered member, one is not obliged to post, and can remain a reader/"lurker" with the option to post if and when desired. James, if the developers hope to restore all the data saved prior to the hack, does it mean they will be able to restore the previous membership files, or has all the old membership data been corrupted/lost? Me? FWIW, I will have no problem registering again as a member if necessary. Chris.