ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy
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PETER JENNINGS REPORTING : KENNEDY ASSAS
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Forty years after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot on November 22, 1963, over 70 percent of Americans still believe there was a conspiracy to kill him and that the suspected assasin, Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone.
utilizing modern technology, computer animator Dale Myers created a digital simulation of the only known film of the murder, a 16 mm home movie taken by Leon Zapruder, a bystander that filmed the fatal shots. Then Myers matched this digital film to a three dimensional computer model of Dealey Plaza which he created that reconstructs the plaza exactly as it appeared at the time of the murder. The resulting digital animation allowed Myers to recreate the exact view point from any perspective within the plaza at the moment and finally provide concrete evidence of whether or not Oswald was a long assasin or if an actual conspiracy consisted.
Also examined is new evidence discovered years later on an audio tape from an open police microphone at the scene and other theories that circulated including Communist ties and mob involvement in the assassination.
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I'm sure hard-core conspiracy buffs already knew this, but the information in this DVD relating to Jack Ruby's shooting of Oswald does debunk some of the theories about him. For example, if he was in on the conspiracy and his job was to get rid of Oswald, would it do any good to wait two days to kill Oswald, when Oswald could have already "spilled the beans"? Wouldn't it make more sense to have someone "bump off" Oswald earlier? Would he have taken the time to wire one of his dancers money before strolling down to the police department? Would he have taken his dog?
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.
The highlight of 'Conspiracy' is the use of computer technology to debunk the 'grassy knoll' theory. The technology takes the Zapruter film as a basis for a full-dimensional effect, putting the viewer in Dealey Plaza November of '63. The technology shows convincingly, in my view, the fatal shots could not have come from the grassy knoll, but rather from the book depository, as the Warren Commission concluded. The computer technology also debunks the so-called 'magic bullet' notion concocted by producers of the Stone movie.
In addition to computer simulations, though, Jennings includes key interviews, one by a researcher who effectively shows Oswald was indeed quite capable of firing 3 shots in 8 seconds and hitting a target from less than 100 yards. Background information on Oswald, including an interview with his brother show convincingly he acted alone. Other interviews put to rest the notion that Oswald's assasination by Jack Ruby was a mob hit.
I would suggest this video for anyone who still has questions about what really happened on Dealey Plaza November of '63. Don't take the conspiracy theorists at face value. Check this out for yourself and come to your own conclusion.