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Previously Unseen Footage of JFK in Dallas Released

On November 22, 1963, George Jeffries filmed President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy as they rode by in their motorcade, happy and completely unaware that just 90 seconds later their lives and America as they knew it would change forever. Apparently, Mr. Jeffries didn't think his video was important so he never came forward with it.

DALLAS (Reuters) - Previously unreleased footage of John F. Kennedy's fateful motorcade in Dallas moments before he was gunned down was released on Monday, a surprising new detail in a saga that has gripped the United States for four decades.


The silent 8mm film shows a beaming Jacqueline Kennedy close up in vivid color waving to the crowd.

A group of excited bystanders -- women sporting big 1960s hairstyles -- waves to the cameraman shortly before the motorcade sweeps past.

The president's coat is clearly if briefly seen bunched up on his back -- a detail that 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 donated to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas by amateur photographer George Jefferies and his son-in-law, Wayne Graham. It was released to coincide with the Presidents Day federal holiday.

Museum curator Gary Mack said he was not surprised Jefferies took 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 Jeffries video can be downloaded from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, or directly via this link.


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Comments (7)

The president's coat is ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

The president's coat is clearly if briefly seen bunched up on his back -- a detail that 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.

And evidence that he had a secret microphone under his jacket and was being fed answers by Karl Rove!

mantis: Excellent. ... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

mantis: Excellent.

I still don't get how we're... (Below threshold)

I still don't get how we're just now seeing it.

Any one that has ever fired... (Below threshold)
waldo:

Any one that has ever fired a gun at a moving target has to agree that the JFK killing was one exceptional bit of shooting. Making a head shot from a distance on a moving target. No way Oswald could have made it with that cheap mail order rifle. When the rifle was tested by an NRA expert, the scope wasn't even sited in. He had to shim it to get it right. Whoever did the shooting was in the top of their field.

I agree with waldo's commen... (Below threshold)
Jim:

I agree with waldo's comment. I owned one of those Italian carbines. It was very inaccurate and the action was quite sloppy and slow.

I am curious too as to why ... (Below threshold)
curious george:

I am curious too as to why this film is just now surfacing. Did anyone else find the last portion of the film, focusing on the Texas School Book Depository, strangely out of place for the day in time. It almost seems to be saying remember this place!

Waldo and Jim, the Carcano ... (Below threshold)
Alex:

Waldo and Jim, the Carcano was a very robust rifle accurate to 200 meters. The last and fatal shot was made when JFK was at 85 meters, moving very regularly and very slowly (about 5 to 10 km/h), shot with a descending angle, in other words, a very easy shot. Between the assassination and the tests performed by the FBI (not the NRA), various things happen that can explain the misaligned scope: Oswald dropped the gun behind boxes when he left the 6th floor and the rifle was completely dismantled at least 2 times.




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