Long-lost television news film of events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy, including the chaos in Dealey Plaza after the shooting, has been turned over to the agency compiling the public record.
The 45 minutes of silent, black-and-white 16mm film - mostly unaired sequences - also includes Kennedy and his wife holding hands at the airport before boarding the motorcade and pictures of Jack Ruby waiting for Lee Harvey Oswald at an appearance before reporters the night of the assassination, The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday.The film does not show the president's motorcade under rifle fire in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963, and offers no obvious evidence toward settling the case's many controversies, according to the few authorities who have viewed it.
But the film - only a fraction of which has ever been shown publicly - does show the confusion that engulfed Dealey Plaza after the president was shot and the immediate search for the shooter in the railroad yard behind the grassy knoll.
Only a careful analysis could tell researchers who did what and where in the moments after the fatal shots as they try to reconstruct and resolve history.
The review board transferred the footage to videotape last week at the National Archives, where researchers and the public will be able to view it as part of the JFK Collection.
Roy Cooper Jr., a staffer for television station KTVT, now a CBS affiliate, rescued the unaired footage from the trash in the days after the assassination, the Morning News said.
He shared his secret with a friend, Eli Sturges, who persuaded Cooper to make a copy in case anything happened to the original.