All the documents given to President Clinton by Boris Yeltsin have been released. Here's the complete story.
Jackie's Letter to Khruschchev - written just 4 days after assassination...
Zapruder Heirs Get $16 Million - media coverage...links...open discussion...
When the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) approached Eastman Kodak to examine the Zapruder film, Kodak immediately thought of having Roland J. Zavada - a retired Kodak film chemist and who was Kodak's pre-eminent 8mm film expert - perform the study. His work - informally known as "The Zavada Report" - dissects the Bell & Howell 414PD Movie Camera, explains the alleged "anomalies" in the Zapruder film, and answers questions reagrding the development and chain-of-custody of the Zapruder film. We are proud to be able to offer this important research online.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, as his limousine drove by the Texas School Book Depository building and through Dealey Plaza.
In anticipation of President Kennedy's visit to Dallas, hundreds of people lined the streets to view his motorcade. More than 75 amateur and professional photographers took over 500 exposures in and around Dealey Plaza that day.
Included in the crowd was Dallas dressmaker Abraham Zapruder - whose 26 seconds of Super 8mm film are probably the most astonishing and disturbing footage ever recorded by an amateur photographer. Of all the films taken in and around Dealey Plaza that day, Abraham Zapruder's is considered by many to be the most reliable and the best evidence that more than one assassin was at work in Dealey Plaza.
To investigate the murder, successor President Lyndon B. Johnson issued Executive Order No. 11130 on November 29, 1963, that created the "Warren Commission." When the Commission's final Report was issued September 24, 1964, the United States public exhaled a collective sigh of relief. The Warren Commission's findings concluded that "...on the basis of the evidence before the Commission...[Lee Harvey] Oswald acted alone." There were no other assassins. Oswald himself was also assassinated - so no one "got away" with this most horrible of acts. Americans needed to believe that this "crime of the century" had been solved.
Very shortly after the Warren Commission Report was released, however, signs of dissatisfaction with the "official" findings began to surface. Books like Josiah Thompson's "Six Seconds in Dallas..." and Sylvia Meager's "Accessories After the Fact" and Harold Weisberg's "Whitewash" raised important - and legitimate - questions as to the Warren Commission's methodology and findings.
Since the Warren Commission, other governmental groups (and one non-federal investigation) have tried to discover the truth behind the assassination: the Rockefeller Commission; the Senate Intelligence Commiteee; the Garrison investigation; and, finally, the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1976.
The last official verdict on the assassination - released by the HSCA in 1979 - stated that "the Committee believes, on the basis of evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy."
This Web site offers its visitors not only "classic" texts, manuscripts, and articles from the 1960s and 1970s, but also current papers on recent topics of debate - including the allegations of forgery of the photographic evidence and alterations of eyewitness testimony.
We are pleased to present Peter Whitmey's articles, "Priscilla and Lee: Before and After the Assassination" and "Priscilla Johnson McMillan and the CIA." These are important studies: McMillan was responsible for providing most of the information regarding Lee Harvey Oswald's personal life to the press - and the public. Whitmey's detailed research makes the reader wonder just what exactly McMillan's relatonship was with the CIA and State Department - and how much we should trust what she wrote.
Art Snyder finds fatal flaws in Rahn's Neutron-Activation Analysis in Comments on the Statistical Analysis in Ken Rahn's Essay.
Aline Mosby broke ground as one of the first female journalists to succeed in that career choice in the 1950s and '60s...she interviewed Lee Harvey Oswald while she was stationed in Moscow for UPI. Here's is Peter Whitmey's article, My Brief Correspondence with Aline Mosby. Whitmey also analyzes Lee Harvey Oswald's actions and movements while in Russia in his article, Did LHO Come Back?.
Jack White replies to comments and critiques of his "The Great Zapruder Film Hoax" videotape on our The Zapruder Film is Authentic page.
Jean Hill could have been an important eyewitness to the assassination, but, as Peter R. Whitmey describes in his article, Jean Hill - The Lady in Red, she's proven herself to be quite unreliable.
The Mark Zaid civil suit regarding the Zapruder film, its copyright, and the government's negotiations with the Zapruder family heirs to acquire it as an assassination record has been posted. We have included Zaid's testimony before the ARRB, where he helps establish parameters for defining "assassination records."
Many have been finding faults with "Fetzer logic" and "Mantik mistakes" and "White's mysterious anomalies" for over a year now. The panel of Dr. Josiah Thompson, Art & Margaret Snyder, and others formulated the truth in a coherent, logical manner last November in Dallas. Their presentations - and subsequent studies and articles - appear on our Zapruder Film Information page. The collective works of Messrs. Lifton, Fetzer, Mantik, White, Twyman - and others who jumped on the "Z-film alteration bandwagon" - need to be carefully scrutinized... WE WON'T BE FOOLED AGAIN!
The Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) is
Don't forget to visit our JFK Research Files Page, which offers over 250 JFK-related texts, files, and graphics.
Please email me with any comments, critiques, inquiries, or suggestions. Thanks for visiting! -Clint Bradford, August, 1999