JFK: The Lost Bullet

Can conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the so-called ‘lost bullet' be debunked? Investigators use newly restored high resolution images of the shooting and exclusive eyewitness testimony to try to solve the mystery of President Kennedy's assassination 50 years later.

JFK: The Lost Bullet takes an unprecedented look at the assassination. For the first time ever, the home movies of the day undergo high resolution restoration. Never before have these shocking images been seen with such clarity. Overshadowed by the violence and graphic detail of the famous home movie shot by private citizen Abraham Zapruder, known as the Zapruder film, many of these eyewitness films have attracted little attention. Does the latest high definition computer technology reveal any evidence of a conspiracy? A team of pioneering investigators unlocks the secrets to these home movies and tries to make sense of what actually took place on that tragic day in November, 1963.

In 2007, JFK assassination scholar and researcher, Max Holland, published an op-ed piece in The New York Times that put forth a new and compelling theory of the assassination. If true, it puts forth an explanation as to what happened to the ‘lost bullet’ - the first of the three shots believed to have been fired that day, which was never found or fully accounted for. On site at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, Holland and his team use the eyewitness films themselves, to explain how his new theory upends the assumption that the Zapruder film is a complete record of the JFK assassination, a benchmark that has been the focus of every investigation, both official and unofficial, in the half century since.

With the help of Wound Ballistics Expert, Larry Sturdivan, and retired U.S. Secret Service Agent, John Joe Howlett, who conducted the first U.S. Secret Service investigation of the assassination in 1963, the team restages the shooting using an identical rifle and identical ammunition. Measuring the angle of the rifle with lasers, the team matches the approximate trajectory of each of the three bullets that were fired from Oswald’s rifle and determines if this test corroborates with other known evidence – for example, the eyewitness testimony of Amos Euins. Euins was 15 years old in 1963. His mother drove him to Dealey Plaza so he could catch a glimpse of the President. He became a key eyewitness, leading the Dallas Police to the Texas School Book Depository. He speaks publicly to the filmmakers and to investigator Max Holland for the first time since 1967.

Examining the restored home movies, Holland and Howlet make a potentially groundbreaking observation. Could a bullet have struck a traffic light at high velocity? And could the fragmenting of the bullet explain one of the many unexplained details of the assassination? Eyewitness, James Tague, tells us in his own words that he was hit in the cheek by a fragment while standing near the Triple Underpass of the Stemmons Freeway. After five decades, could any physical evidence have survived?

Using enhanced home movies, re-enactments with the people who filmed them, still photographs, and graphics, JFK: The Lost Bullet creates a nerve rattling, high definition representation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, exposing the hidden secrets of the crime of the century.

JFK: the Lost Bullet is produced by Robert Stone and written by David Konschnik. Produced by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION.

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JFK: THE LOST BULLET

Producer

ROBERT STONE

Writer

DAVID KONSCHNIK

Co-Producer

IWONKA SWENSON

Editor

SALVATORE F. VECCHIO

Additional Editing

MARK N. BOSZKO

Narrator

NICHOLAS SCHATZKI

Consultant

MAX HOLLAND

Director of Photography

HOWARD SHACK

Additional Cinematography

ERIN HARVEY

HUMBERTO JAIME

STEFAN WIESEN

Sound Recordists

JOHN CRAIG

TYLER FAISON

LESLIE FRANCIS

AARON WEBSTER

Production Assistants

JORDAN BROUSSARD

ALEXANDER FOOTMAN

LETTY GALLEGOS

WHEELER SPARKS

Original Music

ROBERT NEUFELD

Online Editor

MARK N. BOSZKO

Colorists

JIM TOLSON

DAVID J. MARKUN

Sound Designer / Mixer

BRIAN CALLAHAN

Graphics & Main Title Design

PIXELDUST STUDIOS

For National Geographic Television

Production Interns

MEG MEALY

CHASE MOORE

ALEX ROSEN

BRANDON ROYAL

RACHEL WEAVER

Production Coordinator

DANYA HAKEEM

Senior Researcher

JOHNNA L. FLAHIVE

Director, Research

TODD HERMANN

Production Coordinator, Explorer & Specials

ANNA DERRYBERRY

Specialist, Production Rights & Clearances

KATIE LEE

Manager, Production Rights & Clearances

MARLENE WALKER-GOLDEN

Post Production Coordinators

MINSEOK CHO

AMANDA WERNER

Post Production Supervisor

DEBBIE NATHANSON

Assistant Editors

JAMES BATES

ALISON KELLY

KATE RHODES KENNEDY

CARL REEVERTS

RIN WESTCOTT

Specialist, Facilities & Scheduling

SARAH ELLISON

Manager, Post Production & MediaCore Scheduling

MARCIE CALLAHAN

Manager, Technical Operations

MATTHEW REEDY

Director, Post Production Operations

BRADEN MCILVAINE

Director, Production Rights & Clearances

CATHERINE YELLOZ

Director, Production Operations

JAYE MORAN

Line Producer, Explorer, Specials & Events

HILARY BURKE

Executive Producer

PAMELA CARAGOL WELLS

Senior Vice President, Development

MALVINA MARTIN

Executive Vice President, Business Development & Operations

DEBBIE LONDON-HARRINGTON

Senior Vice President, Standards & Practices

SCOTT WYERMAN

President, NGT

MARYANNE CULPEPPER

Special Thanks

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION

HUGH AYNESWORTH

EDDIE BARKER

BERNARD BIRNBAUM (1920 - 2009)

MICHAEL J. BLACK

JOHN CAHILL

JOHN CASHMAN

CRAIG CICCONE

CITY OF DALLAS OFFICE OF SPECIAL EVENTS

BRIAN COLLINS, DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY

FRANCIS CORBETT

DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT

DANIELLA DONOVAN, ECONOLITE

D.C. OFFICE OF MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION

KATE EBY, SIEMENS/EAGLE

MELVIN A. EISENBERG

H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES

JAY JENKINS

WILLIAM L. JOYCE

WILLIS H. LAMM

WINSTON G. LAWSON

KATHERINE A. MEYER

DARWIN PAYNE

PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINE AND KENNEDY APPAREL PROVIDED BY FRED NICHOLAS CIACELLI

JOHANN W. RUSH

KENNETH R. SCEARCE

JEROME SIMS, DALLAS MORNING NEWS

LARRY SNEED

JOEL STARR, OFFICE OF SENATOR JAMES INHOFE

SUSAN STAUFFER, UNION METAL CORPORATION

MARK TOLLETT, METAL DETECTING STUFF, SPRING, TX

RICHARD B. TRASK

JUDGE JOHN R. TUNHEIM

ALEX WONG, STREET SERVICES DEPARTMENT, DALLAS

JOHN ZAK, DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Stock Footage

AP IMAGES

BETTMANN / CORBIS

DALLAS MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES, CITY SECRETARY’S OFFICE, CITY OF DALLAS

JACK DANIEL & FAMILY

GAYLE NIX JACKSON

NBC 5 / KXAS-TV, DALLAS-FORT WORTH

NBC UNIVERSAL ARCHIVES

THE MARK BELL FAMILY

© THE SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA:

ABRAHAM ZAPRUDER FILM, 1967 *

ORVILLE NIX FILM, 1964

ROBERT HUGHES FILM, 1967

ELSIE DORMAN FILM, 1995

GEORGE JEFFERIES FILM, 2006

FRANK MAROTTA FILM, 1999

GEORGE REID FILM, 1996

PAT SANDERS FILM, 1995

JACKIE TINDEL FILM, 2002

KRLD / KDFW COLLECTION, 1995

KTVT COLLECTION, 1995

WFAA COLLECTION, 1998

ROY COOPER, KTVT-TV COLLECTION, 1996

DALLAS TIMES HERALD COLLECTION, 1989

THOUGHT EQUITY MOTION / BBC MOTION GALLERY

THOUGHT EQUITY MOTION / CBS NEWS

TIME / LIFE

JAMES TOWNER

TINA TOWNER PENDER

U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION

For National Geographic Channels

Executive Producer

KATHLEEN CROMLEY

Senior Vice President, Production

JULIET BLAKE

Production Manager

CINDY LINNELL

Unit Manager

ASHLEY LORENZO

Production Coordinator

MARION ASHLEY SAID

Executive in Charge of Production

STEVE BURNS

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