Watch this video, especially at the 1:19 mark. It is one reason why I no longer dismiss the idea that Abraham Zapruder’s film of JFK’s assassination was altered.
Thanks to Doug Horne’s interview with Dino Brugioni, the CIA’s leading photo analyst, I have had to revisit my previous skepticism. Brugioni viewed the Zapruder film not long after it was delivered to the CIA on November 23, 1963, and he recalls seeing imagery that does not appear in the film that is now in the National Archives.
Many will scoff at such statements as conspiratorial foolishness.
Yet Brugioni is a highly credible source, to say the least. He headed the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center for decades. He has no conceivable interest in fostering doubts about the authenticity of the Zapruder film and every reason not to. Yet his cogent and detailed comments do exactly that. Those who scoff at the idea that the film was altered need to address Brugioni’s comments.
Horne argues that the alteration of the film removed images of the presidential limousine making a brief but definite stop when the shots rang out. Horne argues these frames depicted JFK hit by gunfire from multiple directions. He says they were removed from the film when it was process at Kodak’s “Hawkeyeworks” R&D lab, in Rochester, New York, the weekend after JFK’s assassination.
While I knew that many eyewitnesses said the limousine had come to a stop amid the gunfire, I assumed these accounts were shaped by the “time slowing down” phenomenon that witnesses to surprising events often report.
But in this video, found by Washington attorney Dan Alcorn on David Von Pein’s JFK Channel on YouTube, Bob Clark of ABC News, a trained newsman who was riding in the presidential motorcade, reports what he saw: JFK’s limousine “came to an immediate stop.”
In an email Horne contends Clark’s account corroborates those of other witnesses including:
(1) Jean Hill (who stood to the immediate left of the limousine with her friend Mary Moorman during the assassination), in her Sheriff’s Dept. affidavit of 11/22/63, stated that the limousine stopped for an instant;
(2) Hugh Betzner (standing behind the limousine during the assassination), in his Sheriff’s Dept. affidavit of 11/22/63, said twice that the limousine stopped during the assassination;
(3) Roy Truly, Oswald’s boss at the TSBD, later stated that the limousine swerved to the left and stopped during the assassination;
(4) DPD officer Bobby W. Hargis—riding escort to the immediate left rear of the limousine—in an interview never published by a local newspaper, but whose text was later found and written about by Richard Trask in his book Pictures of the Pain, stated that the limousine stopped during the assassination; and
(5) In numerous interviews over many years, Bill Newman (standing to the immediate right of the limousine during the assassination with his wife and two children) has repeatedly and consistently recalled that there was a very brief, but definite car stop by the limousine during the assassination
The alleged removal of frames would have also removed the movements of people standing around the presidential motorcade. It seems me that such alteration would render their movements more discontinuous than in the rest of the film. I don’t see such discontinuity in the Zapruder film.
So while I am not intrigued, I am not convinced.
Here’s the Zapruder film, slowed down and stabilized: What do you think?