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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You got to love it
Don't you just love the divide in the reviews. It's all or nothing. Frankly I too was a conspiracy buff for years but the more I learned the more I came to believe that the Warren Commision, and this FINE documentary, had it essentially right. (The order of the shots not withstanding) Here's just a few of the things that will jump out at you once you stop drinking the...
Published on April 27, 2011 by Todd W. Hemphill

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1.0 out of 5 stars Jennings JFK video is pure fraud.
Those folks at ABC had me fooled for years. I have stuck my foot in my mouth so many times listening to what the argument that was made. The facts of the case for anyone who studies it demonstrate that Lee Oswald not only didn't act alone, but never took a shot at Kennedy. I'm pretty furious at that nonsense that they spewed out. Most Americans who saw that 2 hour video...
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5.0 out of 5 stars JFK light, or, the government needs your trust on this ...., February 27, 2012
This review is from: ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (DVD)
[REVIEW FROM Peter Jennings Reporting - The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy] This 2007 documentary (original air date 2003) is a fine meat-n-potatoes pastiche of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the news after the fact and the conspiracy theories that have mounted to this very moment.

While I saw this before, I just caught it again on the History Channel - I have to point out, this is not 'hosted' or 'presented' by Peter Jennings. Makes me a poor reviewer, but I also do not know who narrated it - but I know it wasn't Jennings.

This film zips from everyone, from Lee Oswald's surviving brother to Jack Ruby's rabbi, in lightning-quick sketches of the conspiracies immediately answered by the facts. It's rather dry stuff, but I was not only thrilled to see all this footage for the first time in a film (i.e., Oswald's dead body being placed in the ambulance) - it was fun to see the true story behind Oliver Stone's JFK.

It was nothing if not a good solid slap in Stone's face.

Frankly, I see this documentary as a good starting point for those new to the whole JFK assassination. There was a good documentary, first broadcast earlier this year, showing strong evidence that Oswald fired a fourth shot - his first, really, but it hit a traffic light - and there's that other documentary I can't place and can't even recall who hosted. Really, it's the missing documentaries that bug the hell out of me and make me think 'conspiracy'.

This documentary film, however, will certainly satisfy you as to what is officially said to have happened, what the main conspiracy theories are (rather thinly addressed in my opinion, but here they all are), and as I said, good footage/interviews. This is a good 'starter' DVD for anyone interested in picking up this old hat; at least it'll be new to you. The one thing that might astonish you is the film seems to endorse the idea that Marcello, Mafia boss of New Orleans, may have been the one who ordered JFK killed.

As an aside for your reference, I recall and recommend the excellent documentaries for the Discovery Channel, "Unsolved History: JFK ~ Beyond the Magic Bullet" (see my review IF you can find the darned thing here, it is available), "Unsolved History: JFK ~ Conspiracy" (and 2008's "Unsolved History: JFK ~ Inside the Target Car" which is for some reason unavailable on video). May I say, I highly recommend these exquisite forensic studies and especially the respect with which they treat the moment of JFK's assassination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had to suspend my desire to think it was all a lie., May 9, 2014
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I wanted there to be more than one shooter. I needed there to be more than one. Governments lie, lie lie. And then I listened to Oswald's brother Robert. And Jack Ruby's rabbi. And the mafia guy who said, "...and then there has to be someone to kill Ruby..." And suddenly, I found myself listening to regular guys with a very simple story. One shooter. As a teacher, I've found that the more complicated the stories my students tell, the less likely they are to be true. There are SO MANY people who make money off the conspiracy angle. Not so many making money off the Oswald acted alone angle. Seems to me the guys getting rich are the ones who have the real incentive to keep this thing going.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best JFK assassination program available!, April 11, 2014
This review is from: ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (DVD)
There's a part of this program, towards the end, where Peter Jennings says that if you put JFK on one side of a scale and Lee Harvey Oswald on the other, there's an imbalance. Someone so consequential on one side with someone so inconsequential on the other. So we create the need to build more on the inconsequential side- like a conspiracy. Problem is, there is no evidence to support any of the myriad of conspiracy theories out there. This program does an incredible job of refuting several of the most prevalent conspiracy theories out there, while also explaining how they came to be in the first place. Last part of the program provides a huge service in exposing the falsehoods contained in Oliver Stone's fictional "JFK" movie. The only JFK assassination program I use in my US History classes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ABC News JFK Beyond Conspiracy, May 8, 2010
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One of the best explanations of the Kennedy assassination I have every seen. This will help answer questions about whether or not there was a conspiracy or not. A must view if you're into the Kennedy assassination and still have questions.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this DVD is for a certain type of person, June 29, 2007
This review is from: ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (DVD)
If you need to feel safe and secure about your government and believe that 'they' would never lie to you, then this DVD is a 'must have' for you. It will help put to rest any doubts you may have had about the Warren Commission Report.
But as for the rest of us delusional, paranoid, pot-smoking, lunatic conspiracy theorists ; we still wanna know a) why the Zapruder film looks so fake and tampered with (don't believe me? look into it), b) why would a pristine bullet turn up on Governor Connally's stretcher at Parkland Hospital and seriously be considered as evidence of a bullet that passed through both JFK & Connally while so much other evidence was discarded because it didn't fit the official theory, c) why all the bizarre coincidences, associations and mysterious deaths surrounding the assassination of JFK, not to mention bizarre deaths surrounding LBJ, d) why is the most important autopsy of the 20th century is so hard to figure out and seemingly so amateurish and finally (although there's lots more to discuss) e) why all the confusion about the whereabouts of President John F. Kennedy's brain?
Oh yeah, I could go on and on, but instead I'll just say that for someone like me; this DVD is good for the 3D animation and showing the position of the people in the limousine. That's all. It doesn't dispel any questions I still have about the topic. So I really give it one star.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding documentary by Peter Jennings, September 23, 2007
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Peter Jennings and company did a masterful job in this documentary. The best part is when they use computer animation by the guy who's been studying the JFK assassination for over twenty years. They do fatal damage to the idea of the "magic bullet". Governor Connelly wasn't sitting directly in front of JFK; his seat was set six inches to the left of Kennedy's. Also, Connelly's seat was three inches lower than Kennedy's. At the moment the shot went through Kennedy and Connelly, the Governor was turned to his right. The bullet would have no problem going straight through the president and the governor.

Also, an elderly doctor demonstrates that three shots from a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle can be fired in eight seconds (or less).

Lee Harvey Oswald's brother is interviewed, and he states that he thinks his brother did it.

There are many different pieces of evidence that prove fatal to the idea of a conspiracy. But it's like one of the people in the documentary said; some people want to believe in a conspiracy. They don't want to believe that a little bitty nobody like Oswald could have pulled off one of the biggest crimes of the century.

Five stars out of five. Outstanding. This is the documentary that Oliver Stone doesn't want people to watch.
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57 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kennedy Assassination Student Reviews this DVD, August 26, 2005
This review is from: ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (DVD)
Having studied the Kennedy Assassination for over 15 years, I have come to the inevitable conclusion that Lee Oswald killed Kennedy by shooting three shots at him from the Texas Schoobook Depository. This conclusion is not shared by a majority of americans, but then the majority of americans have not read extensively on the JFK assassination and have been fed conspiracy theories for 40 years!

Peter Jennings and ABC news have produced a fair and objective DVD stating the facts of the assassination and arriving at a logical conclusion. Their main piece of evidence is a computer simulation that places the exact positions of Kennedy and Connelly at the time the shots rang out. The positions are based on a meticulous study of the Abraham Zapruder film that depicts the entire assassination as it occurred. The computer simulation proves the most controverial aspect of the assassination, that being the so-called "Magic Bullet Theory", where one bullet must account for Kennedy's throat wound and all of Connelly's numerous wounds. Long considered impossible by critics, the magic bullet theory is proven here in the computer simulation. Why the critics of the magic bullet theory got it wrong is because of faulty and inaccurate positioning of the two men in the limosine.

There is other conclusive evidence presented as well. For instance, the angle of Kennedy and Connelly's wounds indicate being shot from behind and from an elevated position. The simulation shows the killing shots could only have come from the upper floors of the southeast corner of the Schoolbook Depository. Oswald's rifle was found on the 6th floor with his prints on it. He worked at the depository and was last seen by co-workers on the 6th floor. The autopsy on President Kennedy shows the wounds could only have come from behind and from an elevated position as well.

Conspiracy critics will not "like" this DVD because it supports the Warren Commission's findings, which critics have lambasted since 1965. The major fault with conspiracy theorists is that they never fully deal with the extensive physical evidence that exists for the case. They sweep it aside too quickly as it confounds their numerous pet conspiracy theories. Unfortunately for them, the evidence has to be considered and cannot be swept aside so easily. This is the strength of this DVD - that the evidence is carefully examined and considered. From the evidence, only one logical conclusion can be drawn - that Lee Oswald killed Kennedy.

On the issue of whether Oswald was influenced by others in the assassination, we will never know the answer, for he took this information to the grave with him when he was shot by Jack Ruby, just a short 48 hours after Oswald killed JFK. For me, this is the only unsolved mystery remaining in the assassination.

I believe that this is a very objective and logical presentation of the evidence of the very controversial JFK assassination. I highly recommend it for its logical approach and conclusion.

JIm "Konedog" Koenig
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars step by step, July 14, 2008
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this is one of the best docamentarys of the jfk murder and it go's threw the
the conspiracys theories and debunks them in away that only a idiot can still believe in them!
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13 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling viewing..., November 22, 2004
This review is from: ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (DVD)
Having been an avid fan of the late Bill Hicks, I was certainly in the conspiracy-theory camp of thinking concerning the JFK assassination, and have read a number of volumes on this event. However, the CG recreation of Mr Myers certainly gave me pause for thought. His analysis and recreation of the vehcles, people and timeline of the event were top class and not once relied on heresay or fudged data.

After seeing the relative positions of Kennedy and Connelly in the limo (why have pro-conspiracy theorists NEVER depicted this? In fact they seem only too willing to suggest the falsehood that they were sitting one behind the other), along with the reactions of both JFK and Connelly to the shots, make it fairly obvious that there WAS a shot from the Book Depository and that it struck both JFK and the senator at the same time. And the trajectory of that non-fatal bullet convincingly shows the 'sniper's nest' to be the source of at least one shot.

The fatal shot obviously came from behind. Anyone who thinks otherwise obviously knows nothing about physics - let alone ballistics. JFK's chin was pressed to his chest just prior to the shot... it couldn't go any further forward and could only rebound... that isn't hearsay - it's there in the footage.

But i guess the best test for those still obsessed with conspiracy is this: go and build an accurate 3D computer model of Dealey Plaza, the vehicles and individuals invloved, input all the FACTS known and see whether you get a trajectory to the grassy knoll....

As for me i still don't know whether Oswald was the only one invloved in the assassination or if there was a wider conspiracy (in fact i believe the programme didn't preclude the possibility of conspiracy) but a shot was definitely fired from the 6th floor of the depository, and the shot was well within Oswald's capabilities... in fact as a former 7.62 shooter myself, I'd say that an 80yd shot at a man-sized object moving in line with the shooter is well within the capabilities of any reasonably competant big bore target shooter... at the age of 16 i certainly regularly used to hit head-sized targets at 300 and 500 yds... with iron sights.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lone Gunman?, February 17, 2007
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This review is from: ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (DVD)
Yet again we have another documentary on the JFK assassination that clearly demonstrates the results of the forensic evidence.And of course we have some folks who,rather than refute the evidence keep repeating the same old conspiratorial and insignificant half-truths,rumors and out right fabrications.

One thing that close inspection of the Zapruder film makes undeniably clear is that both Kennedy and Connelly were shot at the exact same instant.It would be virtually impossible for two shooters,at two different locations to fire their weapons at precisely the same instant.And even if they did the bullets would have struck at different times because of the differences in distance from the two supposed shooting "locations".Even if one rejects the trajectory evidence as technological hokum it is impossible to deny the virtual impossibility of two shooters,firing from different locations and striking two victime at precisely the same millisecond.

Lee Harvey's brother Robert,is a highly intelligent and thoroughly sound thinking individual.Throughout his life he has carefully,thoughtfully and above all,objectivey studied the evidence against his brother Lee.Robert is a genuinely decent man who would love dearly to clear his family name of Lee's horrible crime.It is a testament to his personal courage that he insists on the unvarnished truth about what his brother did.It is Roberts very painfull contribution to our country that it might finally heal from this old wound.And it is he,the one who knew Lee better than anyone[including Lee's russian wife Marina] who long ago concluded that his brother both acted alone and had the motivation to commit the assassination.

Lee Oswald was a very intelligent but screwed up guy who hated this country for reasons that only a psychiatrist could explain.Long before the Warren Commision issued it's report the press had dug up everything on Lee Oswald it could find.Back then it was clear to all americans that JFK had been killed by an american communist named Lee Harvey Oswald and that was all there was to it.The conspiracy theories didn't even get going until JFK had been dead for ten years.The new evidence simply confirms what we all knew back then to begin with.

The unsatisfying truth is that one man with a gun,the skill to use it and the commitment can kill even the highest public figures.Particularly if they insist on driving around in wide open limos.One would have thought that after a very Lee Oswald type of guy killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand and set off a world war,that world leaders would have given up on the open limo idea.Unfortunately it took the JFK assassination to get our presidents inside armor plated cars.
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