From PBS and NOVA: Cold Case JFK. For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, fifty years later, NOVA asks: Could ... See full summary »



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Himself - Narrator (voice)
Mike Haag ...
Himself - Firearms Expert
Josiah Thompson ...
Himself - Private Investigator
G. Robert Blakey ...
Himself - House Committee on Assassinations
Stephen Fagin ...
Himself - Historian
Clint Hill ...
Himself - Retired Secret Service Agent
John McAdams ...
Himself - Marquette University
Jim Lehrer ...
Himself - Journalist
Jefferson Morley ...
Himself - Journalist
Vincent Di Maio ...
Himself - Forensic Pathologist
Michael Hargather ...
Himself - New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Tony Grissim ...
Himself - Technical Advisor, 3D Laser Scanning
Peter Cummings ...
Himself - Forensic Pathologist
Greg Mahoney ...
Himself - Forensic Artist
James Pokines ...
Himself - Forensic Anthropologist


From PBS and NOVA: Cold Case JFK. For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, fifty years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators do better? We'll see how state-of-the art forensic tools would be applied to the investigation were it to happen today. At the same time, NOVA takes a critical look at contemporary cases, like the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, to reveal how charges of evidence mishandling and human error can mar even scientifically sophisticated detective work. Will forensics ever be truly foolproof, or does modern technology just give a scientific sheen to a practice that will always be more art than science? Written by Anonymous

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Bullet theory to claim 1 bullet theory, may be mistaken too.
19 August 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

PBS just repeated a 2016 viewing on this JFK 1-bullet-did-it-all theory, with a clear intent and attempt to prove this is "truth".

However, even from this film's beginning it was apparently trying 'too hard' to convince viewers. And it tried to claim 'evidence' - with the use of a sharpshooter, many mechanical measurements, and repeated scenes of the main Zapruder film used to review the actual shooting. Zapruder was a private individual who captured most clearly the events of the shooting, inadvertently.

The desire of this NOVA done mostly 'to convince' became quickly evident -so that the viewer had better watch carefully about what they were being led to believe. The repetitive scenes of a replication of shooting the same type of gun and bullet, and repeated excessive focus on that 1 shiny bullet - the one that was said to have been found on a stretcher, as none were removed from the 2 hit bodies. This part of film quickly became boring and tedious.

Because of the old doubts and still relevant questions of our USA's very famous president's sudden shooting death, a viewer chose may watch the entire NOVA documentary. And because of NOVA's other scientific-like films, some of which are more intriguing than others, viewer may linger to the end of this one. Otherwise, a viewer may choose to quickly change channels or dismiss this documentary as not documenting, but rather as another attempt to propagandize the Official Government's repeated version of events.

The original shooter -Oswald- was not discussed nor his history nor his expertise in being able to shoot so accurately -- and then hit 2 important officials with just 1 of 3 bullets – apparently from a cheap Italian gun. Nor did the film explore or discuss the man who shot the shooter -Ruby- and why that killing was so easily possible – even with trained secret servicemen and so many other law enforcement all present. Both shooters were given short shrift and quickly dismissed, as if apparently not so relevant to this story.

The bullet was the star of this show and remained the shiny gold-like looking phallic symbol - like a hero would be, if encased in a metal jacket.

Other theories of how the tragedy happened were never mentioned, nor was it even hinted that other versions and questions still existed. Leaving so much controversy, and other versions of how these events occurred, out of the film then erroneously left the viewer with the seemingly 'intended-idea' that this was Proof - and no further questions need be asked.

This is an error, as so far J.F. Kennedy's death and all the strange, illogically & not explainable facts and unreasonable stories have left The People insecure. This very important aspect of our USA government's ability to tell The American People a story that sounds truthful, has been still left in doubt.

The result contributes to The American People's distrust of their elected representatives and politics- and as these 2016 political campaigns further indicate - the public distrusts and does not believe a lot of what American government claims to be telling us - it's citizens – hardly a few truths they can agree to - and versions the public would really like to believe.

This film is only worth watching to see yet another JFK shooting story – one trying to claim it can verify what it clearly cannot. Otherwise, the film is a strained effort to convince. Time wasted. Once again, yet another one.

quote from film: "LUKE HAAG: The essence of good forensic science is to look at what are the competing explanations of an event. And if you can rule out that which is impossible, that which remains, however seemingly improbable, is the truth." This was a clever wording - to end show and imply- falsely – that what was there so beleaguered and strained to present as 'evidential' was "the truth" – but it is NOT.

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