Cold Case JFK investigates the conspiracy theories that still haunt the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Fifty years later, modern science is offering new information that can help answer the lingering questions around this historic crime. Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone or was there a second shooter on the grassy knoll?

Using the latest CSI techniques, a team of leading forensic experts run exclusive tests, review the evidence and reconstruct the scene of the shooting on November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas. What should have been a homicide investigator’s best-case scenario—a crime that occurred in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses—became a forensics nightmare plagued by a mishandled crime scene, a controversial autopsy, and a prime suspect gunned down while in police custody.

Now cutting edge technology combines with archival footage and expert interviews to recreate both the crime and the Warren Commission’s investigation –examining the shooting, the assassination scene, the medical information and wounds, and the evidence found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. For the first time since the original investigation by the FBI laboratory, forensic scientists experienced in firearms identification and shooting scene reconstruction review and evaluate the ballistics evidence .

Forensic innovations featured in Cold Case JFK include:

• A test-fire of the exact model of rifle and ammunition used by Lee Harvey Oswald
• High-speed videography to understand how these particular bullets behave in flight and in human tissue
• Multiple wound ballistics and tissue stimulants to test the Warren Commission’s controversial “magic bullet” theory
• New ballistic Doppler radar, not yet available in major crime labs
• 3D laser scans to recreate and analyze the physical crime scene and possible bullet trajectories, including “the grassy knoll”
• A virtual autopsy of John F. Kennedy’s body

The assassination of President Kennedy was a defining moment in history and one that continues to perplex us today. The shooting remains controversial as many people continue to doubt the Warren Commission findings that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Cold Case JFK puts these doubts to the test of science – with compelling results.

Cold Case JFK is directed, produced and written by Rushmore DeNooyer.
 

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PRODUCED BY

Rushmore DeNooyer

and Scott Tiffany

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY

Rushmore DeNooyer

 

Edited by

Ryan Shepheard

Steve Audette

Jean Dunoyer

Associate Producers

Adam Costa

Britt Knowlton

Camera

Jesse Colaizzi

Phil Cormier

Adam Costa

Doug Crawford

Mark Denney

Joe Friedman

Jerry Hattan

Robert Humphreys

Jim Iacona

Tom Kaufman

Kobi Zaig

 

HIGH SPEED Camera

Rana Weaver

Jesse Tobin

 

Sound Recordists

Gillian Arthur

Brian Copenhagen

Kevin Crawford

Tracy Duncan

Randy Foster

Zach Mueller

Stephen Nelson

Pete Nenortas

Denielle Rose

Tom Staton

Jim Gallup

 

NARRATED BY

Jay O. Sanders

Assistant Camera

Tim Johnston

Music

ScoreKeepers Music

Animation 

Doug Quade

Ryan Shepheard

Jared Flynn

Production Manager           

Chris Bailey

Assistant Editors

Tiffany Dixon

Eric Gulliver

Kyle Kenyon

Online Editor and colorist

Jim Ferguson

 

AUDIO MIX

Heart Punch Studio Inc.

 

ARCHIVAL Research

Kate Coe

Rich Remsberg

 

TECHNICAL ADVISOR, 3D LASER SCANNING

Tony Grissim

Production Assistants

Mark Burchick

Aria Rastandeh

 

Archival Material

AP Archives

AP Images

Conus Archive

Corbis Images

Corbis Motion

Critical Past

Film Archives

Getty

Luke Haag

ITN

JFK Library

LBJ Library

National Archives

Shutterstock

Larry Sturdivan

T3 Media

WPA

 

Footage © The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza:

Abraham Zapruder Film, 1967

KRLD-TV / KDFW-TV Collection, 1995

KTVT-TV Collection, 1995

WFAA-TV Collection, 1998

Roy Cooper, KTVT-TV Collection, 1996

 

Special Thanks

3D Systems

Gina DiGravio

Steve Irwin

Leica Geosystems

Mike McCormick

Don Siwek

HISTORICAL CONSULTANTS

John McAdams

Gerald Posner

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR LONE WOLF

Kirk Wolfinger

NOVA Series Graphics

yU + co. 

 

NOVA Theme Music

Walter Werzowa

John Luker

Musikvergnuegen, Inc.

 

Additional NOVA Theme Music

Ray Loring

Rob Morsberger

Closed Captioning

The Caption Center

 

POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR

Jim Ferguson

 

PUBLICITY

Eileen Campion

Eddie Ward

 

SENIOR Researcher

Kate Becker

 

NOVA Administrator

Kristen Sommerhalter

Production Coordinator

Linda Callahan

 

PARALEGAL

Sarah Erlandson

 

TALENT RELATIONS

Scott Kardel, Esq.

Janice Flood

 

Legal Counsel             

Susan Rosen

Director of EDUCATION

Rachel Connolly

 

Digital MANAGING PRODUCER

Kristine Allington 

SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR

Tim De Chant

 

Director of New Media

Lauren Aguirre

 

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Lisa Leombruni

 

UNIT MANAGER

Ariam McCrary

 

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Stephanie Mills

 

POST PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Brittany Flynn

 

Post Production Editor

Rebecca Nieto

 

Post Production Manager

Nathan Gunner

 

COMPLIANCE MANAGER

Linzy Emery

 

BUSINESS MANAGER

Elizabeth Benjes

 

DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER

David Condon

 

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Pamela Rosenstein

 

Coordinating Producer

Laurie Cahalane

 

Senior Science Editor

Evan Hadingham

 

SENIOR PRODUCERS

Julia Cort

Chris Schmidt

 

Senior Series Producer

Melanie Wallace

 

Managing Director

Alan Ritsko

Senior Executive Producer

Paula S. Apsell

 

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