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"Gary Mack, Curator at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, is calling it "the best home movie I have seen of the Kennedy arrival in Dallas on November 22, 1963." For the first time, color film of President and Mrs. Kennedy arriving on Air Force One that fateful day is being released for public viewing. William Ward Warren was 15 at the time of the assassination. Students could leave school early for the presidential visit, so he brought his camera to film their arrival at Love Field. Warren, who lives in North Texas, recently donated his film to The Sixth Floor Museum."
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Is The Answer Still In Someone's Drawer?

By Gene Mueller

620 WTMJ NewsRadio

Feb 15, 2010

Every now and then a new tape shows up. A new film appears. Another still photo gets released.

You'd think that after 47 years virtually every bit of footage from the day President Kennedy died would've surfaced.

But, it was just last November when we saw all manner of never-before-released television coverage of that weekend

in 1963, and the cable history channels keep cranking out assassination documentaries that sometimes include new footage/still shots.

Another such film appeared just a few days ago on the website for the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas which is housed in the former Texas

School Book Depository. It shows nothing new about the killing itself--it just chronicles the president's arrival and the final moments of his life.

Another home movie shot by George Jefferies surfaced about a year ago. It seemed innocuous at the time--again, providing a snapshot

of a bygone era in the moments before innocence and a nation's chief executive died.

Shot a few blocks before the limousine took Kennedy to Dealey Plaza and his rendezvous with Lee Harvey Oswald's rifle, it would seem

to show nothing of value to someone looking for clues that would cinch the case against the accused gunman.

Until you look closer.

Among the many things Warren Commission critics point out is that the bullet wound in Kennedy's back doesn't line up with the hole in his suit jacket.

Some cite it as proof the single bullet theory--necessary to put Oswald in the sniper's nest--is flawed and that Oswald couldn't have acted alone.

If you watch the Jefferies film again, look at where Kennedy's back meets the rear seat of the car. Then, look up to his collar and notice

how his coat is bunched up. Kennedy never got out of the car between the point where the film was taken and where he died, so it's safe

to assume the jacket was like that when the slug hit him in the back. It would make sense, then, that the hole in the coat wouldn't line up

with the actual wound in the back. The single bullet theory survives, at least on that point.

Sure, it's a small thing, but the Jefferies film helps to nail down one more argument of the many offered up by those who can't buy the fact

that such a huge crime could be the work of one warped guy with a crooked old rifle.

That the footage sat in someone's drawer for so long gives hope to those who believe that maybe, just maybe, someone is still sitting on

what could be the next Zapruder film: a home movie or still photo of the shooting itself taken from an angle that would solve the assassination,

or, at the very least, discount another theory. Sure, it's a Hail Mary, but when new pictures keep popping up this long after the fact, there is always

a chance that it might just happen. Abe Zapruder knew that what he had was dynamite which is why he ran to a local t-v station with his camera

minutes after the shooting. It couldn't be developed there, though, and he later had it done at a local lab. It was only then that Zapruder decided

to show the film not on television but rather to representatives from various media outlets who would see it once and then make a bid. Life Magazine

won, and sat on the movie for seven years.

Someone else who had a camera rolling that day may not be so savvy, or, they might be too bothered by what they recorded to ever show it in the light of day.

It could be someone who's sitting on a gold mine, both in terms of their personal finances and in solving one of the great crimes of the 20th century.


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