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Here is a copy of the letter sent to the FBI by Brian Kelleher. This article is reproduced here by permission

January 4, 2002

Donald Kerr, Assistant Director
FBI Laboratory Division
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20535

Sent via Fed Ex on February 4, 2002

Important new evidence related to the assassination of president John F. Kennedy in November 1963

Dear Mr. Kerr:

With this letter I am forwarding to the FBI crime laboratory some very important new evidence relating to the November 22, 1963 assassination of president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The evidence consists of a digitally enhanced version of the original Abraham Zapruder film that was produced and copyright in 1998 by the Zapruder family interests dba LMH Co, Washington DC ("LMH"). Although this new evidence has been commercially available to the public for almost four years now, I see no signs that the FBI, the media, or the many parties that are conducting and publishing independent research on the assassination are aware of its significance.
Simply put, the improvements in image quality that LMH made in digitally enhancing the Zapruder film, reveal some clear cut errors that the Warren Commission ("the commission") and others have made in interpreting the collective physical and photographic evidence relating to the assassination. There are very important details in the enhanced version of the film that the original investigators could not see.
The new evidence revealed in the film solidly supports the government’s long-standing position that from a position at the sixth floor SE corner of the Texas School Book Depository Building, in Dallas, Lee Harvey Oswald fired all the rifle shots that killed the president and wounded Texas Governor John Connally. The evidence, however, also demonstrates unequivocally, the need to rethink and substantially revise the controversial "single bullet theory" set forth in the 1964 Warren Commission Report. In support of these contentions, I am asking the FBI, the media and other interested parties to take the following observations into consideration in carefully scrutinizing the digitally enhanced version of the film.

Frames 157 through 164 of the original or enhanced Zapruder film - This evidence shows both the president and governor turning abruptly to the right just after they had positioned themselves to look to the left. While many post-commission researchers have viewed these sudden movements as evidence of a first-shot miss, a dispassionate viewing of the film reveals that the movements were very likely made in response to the fact that the crowd had abruptly thinned out; suddenly there were no people to interact with along the south side of Elm Street.

Frames 223 through 225 of the enhanced Zapruder film - Frames 223 and 224 show the president and governor reacting to the first shot that struck them at frame 224. It further shows that while the president and governor were in perfect alignment at this time to receive most of the wounds associated with the single-bullet theory, the governor is facing too far to his right to have received the wounds on the inner back of his right forearm and the palm side of the wrist (the entrance wound was a 1-inch long gash starting approximately 2-inches up from and extending to within about an inch of the wrist joint; the exit wound was an inconspicuous œ-inch transverse cut in the center of the palm side of the wrist about Ÿ-inch above the crease). In this respect, the photographic evidence solidly refutes the conclusion of the Warren Commission and others that the bullet that struck Connally’s right forearm is the same that passed through his chest and lodged in his thigh. Frames 223-225 of the Zapruder film demonstrate unequivocally, that the back of the governor’s right forearm could not possibly have been in the path of this bullet given the position of his head and shoulders. Try this experiment (as Connally did). Sit upright in a chair and turn your head and shoulders to look to your right as the governor appears in frames 223 through 225 of the Zapruder film. Your right hand settles naturally onto your right thigh, just as his would have. Now keeping your shoulders and head in place, try in any way possible to get the inner back side of your lower right forearm into a position where the entrance and exit wounds described above would be in the path of a bullet traveling from a point about 2-inches inside and 2-inches below your right nipple to a point 5 or 6 inches down from the knee on the inside of your left thigh. Though you can get the side of the wrist close to this position by pressing it up against your chest, it is impossible to get the back of the wrist into the correct position. At any rate, as discussed below, the enhanced version of the Zapruder film shows that the governor’s right wrist was not tucked up against his chest when the sniper’s bullet hit him in the back at frame 224.
In connection with these observations of the film, please note that in his testimony to the Warren Commission (excerpts attached), Governor Connally made it clear that in attempting to recreate his position in the limo when he was shot through the back, he could only bring the wounds on his forearm and wrist in alignment with his chest and thigh wounds by turning his head and shoulders slightly to the left of center and placing his right wrist over his left leg. Accordingly, in viewing the original Zapruder film and associated numbered slides, Connally was compelled to conclude that he was shot circa frame 230 at which time he had turned in his seat to look over his left shoulder and had ostensibly moved his wrist into the required position. As indicated below, the enhanced version of the Zapruder film shows that the governor could not have received his wrist wound circa frame 230.

Frames 222 through 236 of the enhanced Zapruder film - From the movement of the right wrist in frames 222 to 223, it is apparent that the governor was holding his Stetson hat on or above his right thigh at frame 224. Collectively, frames 225 to 236 show the governor holding his hat upside down to the front and right of his body in the instant after he was shot. He is holding the hat backhanded with his right hand. In an overt involuntary reaction to the force of the blow to the back of his right shoulder, he jerks the hat up in front of him and then lowers it back toward his right thigh, writhing in pain.<

Frames 312 through 350 of the enhanced Zapruder film - Frames 312 and 313 reveal that the injured section of the governor’s right forearm was in the projected course and trajectory of the bullet that penetrated the president’s skull. You can see Connally’s right hand raised above his chest and under his chin. The backside of his lower right forearm is exposed to the bullet’s path at an angle of approximately 18 degrees below the entrance wound on the president’s skull. The stricken governor is leaning back against his wife and is rolling slowly over onto his left side. His right hand was rising as the bullet tore into the back of his forearm at frame 313, which would have tended to deflect the projectile upward. From frames 320 to 323, we can see that the governor was still holding his Stetson hat with his right hand. From frames 324 to 350, we can see that in frantically completing the roll over onto his left side, he thrust his right forearm and the hat onto the floor of the limo in front of the right jump seat (where three small bullet fragments were later found).
This collective evidence explains how the bulk of the headshot bullet ended up in the front compartment of the limo and why the exit wound in the bottom of the governor’s wrist was so small and inconspicuous. It is apparent that after penetrating the president’s skull, what was left of the wobbling projectile broke apart when it hit the radial bone at the back of the governor’s forearm. A small portion of the fragmenting bullet barely penetrated the palm side of the wrist while the bulk deflected slightly upward with a portion hitting the chrome trim above the front windshield and the remainder exiting the car. How else does one rationally explain the distribution of bullet fragments in relation to the location of the exit wound on the president’s skull?
Again, we are looking at subtle details revealed by the enhanced version of the Zapruder film that the original investigators could not see. In connection with these observations of the film, please note that Dr. Charles Gregory, in his testimony to the Warren Commission (excerpts attached), made it clear that in viewing the original Zapruder film he could not see the position of the governor’s arm at the time of the headshot. The doctor also made it clear to the commission, that based on an examination of the condition of the bullet recovered from the governor’s stretcher, he was highly skeptical that it was the same bullet that damaged his wrist. Dr. Gregory further pointed out that the two bullet fragments found in the front seat of the limo were in a condition that was consistent with having caused the jagged entrance wound on the back of the Governor’s forearm.

Conflicting evidence? - I am not aware of any physical, photographic, or scientific evidence turned up by the Warren Commission or subsequent investigators that contradicts the above observations, including the results of the neutron activation analyses the FBI and Dr. Vincent Guinn conducted on the various bullet fragments in May 1964 and September 1977 respectively.

Possible additional evidence? - Analyses of the human tissues found on Warren Commission exhibit CE # 567 (bullet-nose fragment from the front seat of presidential limousine), may provide additional scientific evidence in support of the above conclusions.

I am distributing copies of this communication to various news media and independent researchers in an attempt to ensure that the observations presented in this communication are given due consideration by government authorities. My first attempt to bring this information to light (February 2000) appears to have fallen on deaf ears.
The digitally enhanced version of the Zapruder film is currently distributed on DVD by MPI Media Group, Orland Park, IL under the title "Image of an Assassination: A New Look at the Zapruder Film" ($19.95). It is available online at
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Brian T Kelleher
1658 E. Capitol Expy PMB 293
San Jose, CA 95121
Phone: 408-528-7719; Fax: 408-528-7720; E-mail:

Enclosures: Digitally enhanced Zapruder film on DVD as sold by MPI Media Group and excepts of the Warren Commission testimony of Governor John G. Connally and Dr. Charles Francis Gregory .

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