- DALLAS (Reuters) - A film crew used laser beams Thursday to retrace
the path of the bullets that killed President John Kennedy in 1963, in
a reenactment to test the official theory that Lee Harvey Oswald was the
- "We haven't come here with any agenda.
We are just trying to use modern technology to help establish the facts,"
said Dan Goldman, producer of "The JFK Assassination Files" documentary,
being made by Associated Television International and to be shown on the
TNT cable channel in November.
- His television crew fired laser beams
with the same angle and trajectory as the bullets Oswald allegedly fired
from the sixth-floor window of the Texas School Book Depository as Kennedy's
limousine drove through Dallas' Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963.
- But other laser beams were fired from
key vantage points on the so-called grassy knoll and two other buildings
that conspiracy theorists have claimed were where Kennedy's real killers
- For added authenticity, the producers
used an exact replica of the dark blue Lincoln Continental that carried
Kennedy through Dallas.
- The car contained two life-sized foam
mannequins in the seats occupied 35 years ago by Kennedy and then-Texas
Gov. John Connally, who was wounded in the shooting.
- The documentary team hired ballistics
and firearms experts to examine data collected from the laser beam experiments
to see if the results validated the government investigation of the assassination.
- The Warren Commission concluded that
Oswald acted alone when he killed Kennedy, but the report has been widely
criticized, with many historians, including some who believe Oswald was
the lone killer, saying key questions remain unanswered.
- Among those advising the documentary
is Robert Groden, a conspiracy theorist who has written several books on
- "We are doing this to determine
the accuracy of the single-bullet theory. As far as I'm concerned, the
Warren Commission was a total cover-up. I say there was more than one shooter
and Oswald was not one of them," Groden said Thursday.
- But the documentary producers said Groden's
involvement was only part of their effort to include all points of view.