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ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy
ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy
Actors: Peter Jennings, JFK
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 29min


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Actors: Peter Jennings, JFK
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Educational, Biography, History, Politics
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/06/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Lee Oswald was GUILTY !!!
Guitar Man | Rockland County, New York | 11/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I used to consider the possibility of a conspiracy behind the JFK assassination and started researching years ago to find indications that would support it.

All I found were wild theories and dead ends.
As a matter of fact, everything I discovered pointed me in the opposite direction.

When there's so much factual evidence against one person it's very hard to believe that ALL of it could be fabricated.

It surprises me that many people I talk to never heard of Major Walker.
They don't even know that Oswald attempted to assassinate Major Walker at his home prior to killing Kennedy.

On the day he attempted to kill Walker Oswald left his wedding ring, cash and a detailed letter to his wife on how she could get by without him if he should be caught, he even told her that he took a shot at Walker and was upset to read in the paper the next day that he had missed. The bullet retrieved from Walker's window pane matched Oswald's rifle that he used to kill Kennedy...isn't that enough proof in itself ?

Some conspiracy theorists don't even know who officer J.D. Tippit was, that Oswald shot him in front of witnesses and that the bullets retrieved matched Oswald's revolver, (the same revolver he pulled in the movie theater when the police cornered him).

As far as the shot coming from the grassy knoll...
Doesn't anyone realize how tough a shot that is to pull off?
You've got a moving target traveling from left to right and you'd have to aim in front of Kennedy so the bullet would be there at just the right time. The odds are very much against it.

If there was a conspiracy to set up Oswald using more than one shooter then the instant another shooter pulls the trigger he's introducing another type of bullet into the crime scene...if the police found more than one type of bullet that would CERTAINLY prove a conspiracy wouldn't it?

Why would someone plant a supposed "pristine bullet" on a hospital stretcher?
Wouldn't that make people think conspiracy ???
Wouldn't it make more sense to put a mangled bullet on the stretcher to make it appear that it was involved ?
On second thought, what sense does it make to put a bullet there at all?
What would it prove or disprove?
Would the conspirators take the chance of someone seeing him plant a bullet?...
that would prove a conspiracy.
The idea of a planted bullet is idiotic.

Conspiracy theorists who say that the head shot came from the grassy knoll because Kennedy's head moved back and to the left should study the Zapruder film more closely. If you pause your VHS or DVD player at frame 312 of the Zapruder film and move one frame at-a-time you will CLEARLY see Kennedy's head move FORWARD slightly at the time of impact.
Since frame 313 shows Kennedy's head opened up it also indicates that the bullet has ALREADY LEFT and is long gone by the time his head even starts to move backwards.

And if anyone out there knows ANYTHING about ballistics they'd know that a bullet makes a small hole upon entry and a much larger hole upon exit.
Let's examine this...small hole in the back of head and a large hole in the right parietal part of head. It really doesn't take a lot to figure this one out does it?

I guess many people believe that Oswald was innocent simply because he said he didn't do it. Well the jails are full of people who say they're innocent too.

Anyone who wants to comment on the Kennedy assassination really owes it to him / herself and everyone else to investigate and gather as many facts as possible in order to make a fair judgement... a little common sense wouldn't hurt either.

"It's not even a single bullet theory, in my opinion, it's a
mwreview | Northern California, USA | 12/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I watched and taped this program when it was first broadcast in 2004 and was so impressed by it, I've kept the tape. I am glad it is still available on DVD because "Beyond Conspiracy" is a well-done and convincing documentary on the Kennedy assassination that defends the Warren Commission's findings that Lee Harvey Oswald was the only shooter and acted alone. Ironically, he simplest answer is hard to believe sometimes and many who support one conspiracy theory or another will probably not be swayed by this DVD, but the evidence shown in this report is strong and would need to be dealt with to defend any theories involving magic bullets, second gunman, Oswald's connections with the CIA or KGB, Jack Ruby's ties with the Mafia, etc.

The most eye-opening part of this program are the findings of computer animator Dale Myers. He designed a computerized 3D replica of Dealey Plaza which utilized the movements of JFK and Governor Connally in the Zapruder film to recreate the shooting. The computer imagery shows the precise positions in the limousine and how a single bullet passed straight through both men causing their simultaneous reactions. The bullet is then traced to its exact source--the sixth floor window of the Texas school book depository. I was very impressed by this footage and think anyone interested in the assassination should see it.

The program also gives a biography of Lee Harvey Oswald with interview clips of his older brother, Robert, a journalist who knew Oswald when he defected to the Soviet Union, and a woman who knew Oswald and his wife in Dallas. It covers Oswald's troubled childhood, his attraction to Marxist philosophy, in large part, (according to his brother) to stand out from the crowd. He had a flair for the dramatics (slitting his wrist in Russia so the Soviet authorities would allow him to stay in the country) and an obsessive need to be something more than he was. When the motorcade route for JFK's visit was published in the paper and was revealed to pass right by the book depository where Oswald was a clerk, he seized the opportunity. Even more important as evidence of Oswald's sole guilt is information on his plot to assassinate retired general and anti-Communist Edwin Walker. Also, there is compelling evidence in this program revealing that Oswald was a superb marksman who was more than capable of shooting off the shots in the time allotted.

The program does not ignore the conspiracy theories. It covers the Warren Commission's failure to address the issue of Cuba and Castro's possible involvement (this area is probably not covered enough to refute conspiracy theorists). The Mafia ties are examined as well and Jack Ruby is painted as a braggart and loose cannon who would make a poor candidate for a co-conspirator. The fourth shot on the grassy knoll that scientists, in a 1976 re-examination of the Warren Report, claim can be heard from an open-microphone recording on a police motorcycle is refuted by Myers' computerized time-line of the motorcade that reveals officer McLain (who had always said he was not in position to pick up such a shot) was not in position the scientists claimed (Vince Bugliosi further dispels the fourth shot theory in his book "Reclaiming History").

Finally, the program pokes many holes in Oliver Stone's motion picture "JFK." It is very unfortunate that many people get their history from Hollywood. THIS DVD is one that needs to be watched on the Kennedy assassination, not a movie with actors and a script that takes artistic license. One area that is not covered is the simulated trial of Lee Harvey Oswald in London, but, again, Bugliosi (the prosecutor in that trial) will cover this topic in his book. Again, this program won't turn around everyone's opinion, but any discussion on the subject that does not at least address the compelling evidence revealed in "Beyond Conspiracy" is insufficient.
At last an evidence-based analysis that dispells myths
Writer | United States | 10/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's easy to be swayed by all the misinformation that's out there. I myself had no idea the extent to which Oliver Stone LIED in his ridiculous movie. But this documentary shows in impeccable detail Oswald's personal history leading up to the assassination (including his attempted assassination of a racist leader about 6 months before Kennedy). With interviews of his own family members, it becomes clear that Oswald did this on his own for his own reasons. Another key part of the documentary is its de-mythologizing of the so-called "magic bullet." Oliver Stone and other conspiracists must lie about that in order to make their case, but in this documentary we see the truth-- the supposed impossible pathway becomes absolutely possible when you match Kennedy's and Governor Connely's positions in the car, and the fact that Connelly's seat was 3 inches lower than Kennedy's. Thank you to the creators of this film for their excellent application of reason to the evidence."
The Definitive Documentary on JFK: Truth Will Out
Timothy John LeGear | Palos Hills, IL USA | 06/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Having seen and studied every frame of film and photography ever published about JFK's assassination, I feel secure in saying unequivocably that "Beyond Conspiracy" is the best documentary ever made about that tragic day in Dallas. While a majority of Americans still believe there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy, this splendid work separates the two categories of conspiracies: one surrounding those eight seconds during the shooting in Dallas, which dispels the many myths once and for all and illustrates that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman; and the other focused on whether or not Oswald was working on behalf of others, which can never be determined beyond a shadow of a doubt. Produced by ABC with the late Peter Jennings narrating, "Beyond Conspiracy" finally sets the record straight. I would encourage anyone with an interest in JFK or the assassination to view this documentary.
--John LeGear,Palos Hills, IL"