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Pat Speer
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In a new article found in the Abilene Reporter-News, Dallas Police Officer Gene Boone--the officer who found the Carcano rifle in the depository--claims he raced over to the grassy knoll area after hearing the shots that killed Kennedy, and then confiscated cameras from witnesses. I don't remember ever hearing this before. Does anyone know whose cameras he took, and if their photos were returned?

Article on Boone

Here is the surprising passage:

After he heard the shots, Boone said he ran west, toward the grassy area between Elm and Main streets.

He saw two people lying in the grass, and thought they had been the victims of the gunshots.

He looked up in time to see the black Lincoln Continental carrying the president and governor drive under a nearby triple underpass.

He had no idea Kennedy had been the gunman's target, he said.

"It was pandemonium. People were running everywhere, no one really knew what was going on," Boone said. "Several officers just started working on their own initiative."

Witnesses pointed in the general direction of the "grassy knoll" and the schoolbook depository, Boone said, indicating the direction they had heard the shots come from.

Several bystanders had cameras, and Boone said he confiscated them in case anyone had captured anything relevant on their film.

He took the cameras back to the Sheriff's Office and left the film to be developed. Then Boone and other deputies went to the book depository to begin a search.

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In a new article found in the Abilene Reporter-News, Dallas Police Officer Gene Boone--the officer who found the Carcano rifle in the depository--claims he raced over to the grassy knoll area after hearing the shots that killed Kennedy, and then confiscated cameras from witnesses. I don't remember ever hearing this before. Does anyone know whose cameras he took, and if their photos were returned?

Article on Boone

Here is the surprising passage:

After he heard the shots, Boone said he ran west, toward the grassy area between Elm and Main streets.

He saw two people lying in the grass, and thought they had been the victims of the gunshots.

He looked up in time to see the black Lincoln Continental carrying the president and governor drive under a nearby triple underpass.

He had no idea Kennedy had been the gunman's target, he said.

"It was pandemonium. People were running everywhere, no one really knew what was going on," Boone said. "Several officers just started working on their own initiative."

Witnesses pointed in the general direction of the "grassy knoll" and the schoolbook depository, Boone said, indicating the direction they had heard the shots come from.

Several bystanders had cameras, and Boone said he confiscated them in case anyone had captured anything relevant on their film.

He took the cameras back to the Sheriff's Office and left the film to be developed. Then Boone and other deputies went to the book depository to begin a search.

Boone took Hugh Betzner's camera: http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/betzner.htm

Here's a recent KTXS story on Boone: http://www.ktxs.com/news/29799949/detail.html

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In a new article found in the Abilene Reporter-News, Dallas Police Officer Gene Boone--the officer who found the Carcano rifle in the depository--claims he raced over to the grassy knoll area after hearing the shots that killed Kennedy, and then confiscated cameras from witnesses. I don't remember ever hearing this before. Does anyone know whose cameras he took, and if their photos were returned?

Article on Boone

Here is the surprising passage:

After he heard the shots, Boone said he ran west, toward the grassy area between Elm and Main streets.

He saw two people lying in the grass, and thought they had been the victims of the gunshots.

He looked up in time to see the black Lincoln Continental carrying the president and governor drive under a nearby triple underpass.

He had no idea Kennedy had been the gunman's target, he said.

"It was pandemonium. People were running everywhere, no one really knew what was going on," Boone said. "Several officers just started working on their own initiative."

Witnesses pointed in the general direction of the "grassy knoll" and the schoolbook depository, Boone said, indicating the direction they had heard the shots come from.

Several bystanders had cameras, and Boone said he confiscated them in case anyone had captured anything relevant on their film.

He took the cameras back to the Sheriff's Office and left the film to be developed. Then Boone and other deputies went to the book depository to begin a search.

Boone took Hugh Betzner's camera: http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/russ/testimony/betzner.htm

Here's a recent KTXS story on Boone: http://www.ktxs.com/news/29799949/detail.html

Thanks, Mike. That's one. He said "cameras." He also said he confiscated" them, when Betzner volunteered. Perhaps he was exaggerating a bit.

P.S. In the TV interview, Boone says the last two shots were bunched. This contradicts what Bugliosi claims he said in the 1986 mock trial. This means that EVERY Dallas Sheriff or Policeman to comment on the pattern of the shots said the last two shots were bunched. There is no way the scenario currently pushed in the media--that of a first shot miss, and the first two shots being closer together than shot two was to three--will survive historical scrutiny, IMO.

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  • 10 months later...

I really would like to know what type of camera lens Hugh Betzner was using.

I have some questions about perspective for Craig Lamson, but I do not know if he will answer.

What kind of projection is used when a lens focus's light on film?

Is it possible for a lens to create a parallel projection? Is it always a perspective projection?

As you can see I have several questions about the type of projection that a lens projects.

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