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Robin Unger
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During the Clay shaw trial Time Inc was asked to produce (120) "35mm slides" of frames from Z-200 through to Z-320.

For some reason 10 of the frames were ommitted. !

(Z-234 through to Z-244)

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The Clay Shaw trial testimony of John Nichols

February 17, 19 and 28, 1969

CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT

PARISH OF ORLEANS

STATE OF LOUISIANA

STATE OF LOUISIANA vs. CLAY L. SHAW

198-059

1426 (30)

SECTION "C"

EXCERPT OF THE TESTIMONY TAKEN IN OPEN COURT

February 17, 1969

B E F O R E: THE HONORABLE EDWARD A. HAGGERTY, JR., JUDGE, SECTION "C"

MR. OSER: The State would like to note for the record that in light of Time, Inc. on the return of the subpoena, the subpoena called for 35 millimeter slides of Frames 200 to 320, and after checking the return made by Time, Inc., the State learns that Frames 234 through 244 are missing. This is a check by Mr. Alford and myself.

THE COURT: Where is the witness? You excused him?

MR. OSER: Time has these things copyrighted and I wanted to note for the record that we did not receive those particular frames.

THE COURT: You requested that you have them?

MR. OSER: Yes, Your Honor.

THE COURT: Why didn't you question the witness while he was here?

MR. OSER: We did not go down and go through 120 35 MM slides, we assumed they were all here. I just want it noted for the record.

THE COURT: If the gentleman is still in the City and he hasn't left, possibly you can have one of the Assistant District Attorneys call Mr. Sessions and tell him about this and maybe it can be rectified while we are proceeding.

MR. OSER: Mr. Sessions is not in his office, Your Honor.

Testimony

Does anyone have any information as to why these "10-Frames" were ommitted. ?

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I finally found the Clay Shaw Trial Testimony of the Witness who prepared the slides.

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The Clay Shaw trial testimony of Herbert Orth

CRIMINAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF ORLEANS STATE OF LOUISIANA STATE OF LOUISIANA vs. CLAY L. SHAW 198-059 1426 (30) SECTION "C" EXCERPT OF THE TESTIMONY TAKEN IN OPEN COURT February 17, 1969 B E F O R E: THE HONORABLE EDWARD A. HAGGERTY, JR., JUDGE, SECTION "C" HERBERT ORTH, a witness called

BY and on behalf of the State, having been first duly sworn, was examined and testified as follows: DIRECT EXAMINATION

BY MR. ALFORD:

Q: Sir, would you tell the Gentlemen of the Jury and the Court your name, please.

A: My name is Herbert Orth.

Q: Mr. Orth, would you be careful to speak into the microphone.

A: Fine, fine.

Q: By whom are you employed, Mr. Orth?

A: LIFE Magazine.

Q: In what capacity?

A: Laboratory Chief of the TIME-LIFE Photo Laboratory.

Q: Now, Mr. Orth, in connection with a subpoena issued by this court to LIFE Magazine, did you perform any function or develop any photographs?

A: Yes, I did, yes.

Q: Mr. Orth, just tell us what you did.

A: I made black and white prints and I made color prints and color slides.

Q: Now, from what film or films were these made?

A: From the original Zapruder film.

Q: I see. Did you copy the entire film or did you make prints of the entire film or only portions of it?

A: Only portions.

Q: How many black and white prints do you have, sir, in your possession?

A: I have none, only color prints with me.

Q: About 21 or 22 8 x 10 color photographs.

Q: Do you have them in your possession at this time?

A: Yes, I have, in my brief case.

Q: Would you please take them out, sir.

A: Certainly (producing photographs).

Q: How many of these photographs are there, sir?

A: I believe there are either 21 or 22.

Q: Would you count them, please.

A: Yes. (Counting) Twenty-one.

Q: Were these prints made by you personally or under your supervision?

A: Some by me and some under my supervision.

Q: I see. Do these prints accurately depict the scenes which they purport to?

A: Yes, they do, yes, they do.

Q: Mr. Orth, do you have any slides in your possession at this time?

A: Yes, I do.

Q: Would you please take those out.

A: Yes, sir (producing slides).

Q: How many such slides do you have in your possession, Mr. Orth?

A: From frame 200 to frame 320, so that would be 120 slides.

Q: I see. And were these slides processed either by you personally or under your supervision?

A: Yes, they were.

Testimony

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QUOTE:

Robin,

Those missing 10 frames relate to the behavior of Connally. Z234 is when he clearly reacts to being shot, JFK having been shot previously. Connally is turning painfully in the succeeding frames. It seems to have been simply a matter of when they wanted to stop deleting frames, Z234 being the important one to leave out.

Ron Ecker

Thanks Ron.

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