Texas Woman Seeks Return of Film Showing JFK Assassination

24 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A $10 million federal lawsuit filed over second-most famous film taken of JFK’s assassination.

The Zapruder film may be the most famous footage taken of the Kennedy assassination, but it’s not the only one. DALLAS (AP) – A Texas woman has filed a federal lawsuit asking a federal agency to return a film shot by her grandfather that shows a portion of the 1963 assassination of President John F. At least, that’s according to a new federal lawsuit filed by the granddaughter of the late Orville Nix, who was a General Services Administration engineer working in the Santa Fe Building on Nov. 22, 1963 when he filmed the shooting of the president from a perch near Elm and Houston streets. Gayle Nix Jackson’s lawsuit, filed Saturday in federal court, demands the U.S. government return the original film or write her a check for that estimable fortune. The film’s not exactly lost: YouTube is filled with countless iterations of what’s known as “The Orville Nix Film,” taken with a Keystone K-810 camera.

The original footage, captured 52 years ago on Orville Nix’s Keystone Model K-810 8mm home-movie camera, hasn’t been publicly seen in more than 37 years. And a high-quality first-generation duplicate of the movie sits in the archives of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which years ago posted it to the website accompanied by a lengthy history of the home movie penned by the late Gary Mack.

But Jackson, Orville’s granddaughter and author of 2014′s Orville Nix: The Missing JFK Assassination Film, wants the long-lost original – last believed to be in the possession of the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the late 1970s. If it doesn’t, we’ll put an end to that way, too.” Nix was standing on the opposite side of the street where Abraham Zapruder shot his famous footage, but he still managed to capture the final moments of the President’s life—including the final shot to his head. They keep saying, well, ‘We want to try again with new technology,’ but that could be done on the first-generation copy at the museum, which has a very clean chain of custody. “Meanwhile, there have been books written about it, blogs written about it, and it saddens me this was the route she chose. He believes the $10 million figure is completely reasonable — but, he maintains, “it’s not about the money.” “There has been a tortured history of trying to find out what happened to it,” he says. “They just want the film back. When the HSCA was disbanded, its files and exhibits including the original Nix film should have been stored and kept at the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Maryland.

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