NEW JFK DALLAS ASSASSINATION FOOTAGE FOUND
Previously unreleased footage of John F. Kennedy’s fateful motorcade in Dallas taken just moments before he was gunned down was released on Monday, a surprising new detail in a saga that has gripped America for four decades. The brief silent 8mm film shows a beaming Jacqueline Kennedy up close in vivid color waving to the crowd, while a group of excited bystanders waves to the cameraman shortly before the motorcade sweeps past. The president’s coat is clearly, although briefly, seen bunched up on his back, a detail that some say will be scrutinized by conspiracy theorists who see evidence of a plot in, among other things, the fact the bullet wounds on his jacket and body did not appear to match.
The film was released to coincide with Monday’s Presidents Day federal holiday. It had been donated to the The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, which is located in the former Texas School Book Depository building where Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a sixth-floor window on November 22, 1963. The museum is devoted to Kennedy’s presidency and the events surrounding his assassination.
Museum curator Gary Mack said that he was not surprised that the owners of the film had taken so long to come forward. “Everyone who captured the motorcade before the assassination thinks their pictures are unimportant. But to historians, all photos and home movies are important to possibly answer questions that will be asked in the future,” he said.
The footage was taken less than 90 seconds before the fatal shots were fired. The 40-second film also shows the scene of the crime the following day. Mack said the new footage offered the best view of the motorcade that he had ever seen.
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