Sunday, September 15, 2013

The JFK War: Hany Farid, Jefferson Morley and the Zapruder film

by Jim Fetzer

"How can Jefferson Morley pretend to be an expert on the assassination of JFK when he is abysmally ignorant about it?"--Jim Fetzer

Hany Farid
We are encountering the most massive disinformation in American history as the 50th observance of the assassination of JFK approaches. Long discredited theories--such as that a Secret Service man accidentally shot JFK with his AR-15, that Jackie shot JFK with a derringer, and an impostor was killed, while JFK is in Tahiti sipping Mai-Ties--are being marketed around the web.

The obvious cases are bad enough, but some not so obvious continue to make the rounds, including that William Greer, the driver, who pulled the limo to the left and to a stop to make sure JFK was killed, shot him with a .45 during the stop. But if that had been the case, then JFK's brains would have been blown out to the right/rear, when they were instead blown out to the left/rear.

 More insidious are those who deny the existence of the limo stop or make other attempts to prove that the Zapruder film is authentic. That poses a daunting task, since it would be necessary to show that, in every respect, the extant film corresponds to what actually happened during the event as it took place in Dealey Plaza. If that is not true in any respect, its authenticity has been falsified.

Hany Farid, a computer scientist from Dartmouth College, who has a lab funded by the FBI, offers a striking case of a faculty member abusing his position to disseminate false information about the assassination of JFK. Jefferson Morely, a well-known reporter, whose work I have previously questioned, has created a new web site to promote his own extremely slanted view about JFK, including the Zapruder film.

Hany Farid and the backyard photos

We last encountered Hany Farid, a computer scientist from Dartmouth College, when he claimed to have shown that the backyard photographs of Lee Oswald, which were allegedly taken by his wife, Marina, had been verified by showing that he had been able to reconstruct the nose shadow in one of the photographs, which he claimed thereby established their authenticity. I kid you not!


Since there are at least four of these photographs (and the negative for a fifth is missing), you might have thought that he would at least extend his argument to all of them, instead of focusing on only one. And it might have been appropriate had he acknowledged that the nose shadow was only one of multiple proofs that the photos were faked, where he did not bother with any of the rest.


Thus, for example, the chin in the photos is a block chin, not Oswald's more tapered and pointed chin. There is an insert line between the lower lip and the chin. The tips of the fingers of his right hand are cut off. And when you use the newspapers he is holding as an internal ruler, it turns out that the man in the photos at 5'6" is too short to be Lee Oswald, who was approximately 5'10".


Moreover, for a photographic expert, his claims are astoundingly shoddy, since it even turns out that the face in all four of the photos is exactly the same, which is an optical impossibility, insofar as the subject was photographed at different times and positions. As Lee told Homicide Detective Will Fritz during his interrogation, his face had been pasted on someone else's body--which is true!


This matte was subsequently discovered in the desk of a DPD detective, who claimed he had only make it to see if it could be done. I wrote to the President of Dartmouth, Jim Yong Kim, at the time to object to the abuse of his faculty position, but it was swept under the rug. Jim Marrs and I subsequently published "Framing the Patsy: The Case of Lee Harvey Oswald", which leaves no doubt about it.

Hany Farid and the Zapruder film

As so often happens in Washington--where the bigger the liar, the further you go--Jim Youg Kin became the President of the World Bank, where, as Karen Hudes has explained, he has been doing more of the same but on a grander scale. Hany Farid, in the meanwhile, having demonstrated his competence with regard to the backyard photos, has turned his attention to the Zapruder film.
As in the case of his work on the backyard photo(s), he commits the fallacy of special pleading by ignoring all the evidence that contradicts his predetermined position. Even if he were correct about the nose shadow in one photograph, it should not be the same across all four photos, not to mention other proofs of fakery. He wants to show that the black area in Frame 317 is a naturally occurring phenomenon.

Even if he were correct, that would not overcome the mountain of evidence from more than 60 witnesses, the internal contradictions in the extant film, its inconsistency with the medial and ballistic evidence and other witnesses who have viewed another and more complete film that includes, for example, the limo coming to a complete stop. As before, Hany Farid implies that, if one issue is resolvable, he has resolved them all.

So he compounds one fallacy (special pleading) with another (hasty generalization), which of course is the strategy he has adopted, hoping that those who are unfamiliar with the evidence in this case will be taken in. But he has to know that there is ample proof that the dark area at the back of the head was painted over in black and that the film is not even internally consistent, as Frame 374 reveals:

Since the blow out at the back of his head -- the blue-gray, cashew-shaped defect, as opposed to the pinkish skull flap, which was also blown open when JFK was hit in the right temple by a frangible (or "exploding") bullet -- it has to have been cover-up in those earlier frames, as as group of Hollywood film restoration experts have long-since concluded. So Farid is committing a fraud by abusing his position at Dartmouth to spread false information to the public about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Hany Farid is a fraud.

Jefferson Morley and the Zapruder film

Jefferson MorleyIs there any chance that he is unaware of the importance of Frame 374 or the confirmation of the painting over of the blow out in Frame 317 and many other frames? He lists The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003) among his references, which gives the specious impression that he has actually studied its contents and findings. Frame 374, which is emphasized in the prologue, refutes his claims about the film, as I have shown. So Hany Farid only had to read as far as page 25 to know that what he was claiming was false. An even more blatantly fallacious approach to the film is found on Jefferson Morley's web site:

About JFK Facts

It is not difficult for even new students of JFK to discover there is something odd about Jefferson Morley's new web site, since he lists the web site of John McAdams, who is a notorious proponent of the lone-gunman theory, as "one of the best", and my, as "one of the worst". When he was challenged about this classification, he explained that his derogation of my site was because I promote the alteration of the Zapruder film, which is ironic, since the faking of the film is a fact about the assassination of JFK. Here is the challenge (posed by someone other than I) and his response thereto:
Questioning my listing

He dismisses the alterationist thesis, not by refuting any of the evidence, but on the basis of hypothetical questions, where the answer to 1) appears to be that it is flawed and they did not want to make it available for research that might expose its shortcomings, as John P. Costella, Ph.D., has done; and 2) that it DID ignite a call for a reinvestigation by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (1977-79), because it appears to show the effects of a shot fired from the right/front! How can Jefferson Morley pretend to be an expert on the assassination of JFK when he is abysmally ignorant about it? He characterizes his questions as "elementary facts" when they are both predicated on false assumptions. On JFK, Morley is a moron.

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Indeed, to be precise about it, questions cannot qualify as facts because (apart from their presuppositions, which in this case are false) they are non-assertive. Asking a question is not the same thing as positing an answer. On a proper understanding of the meaning of the word "fact" as a claim that is not only true but provably true, he has blundered. It is a fact that the Zapruder film cannot possibly be authentic, even on the basis of the simple proof I have advanced comparing frames 317 and 374 above! It is not even internally consistent, since it shows both a blow-out and no blow out at the back of the same head at approximately the same time.

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Morely characterizes as "misnamed", which is absurd. Even Vincent Bugliosi has observed that my three are "the only exclusively scientific books" ever published on the death of JFK. It is also a fact that I have published many articles making this point, including "JFK: Who's telling the truth: Clint Hill or the Zapruder film?" and "Did Zapruder film 'the Zapruder film'?", to which the answer is emphatically, "No!", because no one took a film fabricated in a laboratory, as was the extant film at a CIA lab in Rochester, NY, near Kokak Headquarters.

Multiple proofs the film is a fake

So much proof that the film is a fabrication has been published--where some of those proofs are as simple and straightforward as the one I have just presented--that I shall simply summarize some of the most important proofs that have appeared since the publication of The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003), where it is beyond belief that any serious student of the assassination of JFK, much less experts on film and photos, would continued to deny them:
(1) We have more than 60 witnesses who reported seeing the limo slow dramatically or come to a complete stop, where it slowed dramatically AS it came to a complete stop, where those witnesses include all four of the motorcycle escort officers: See "What happened on Elm Street? The Eyewitnesses Speak" compiled by John P. Costella, Ph.D.

(2) We also know that Officer James Chaney motored forward to inform Chief Curry the president had been shot, which was confirmed by Chief of Police Jesse Curry, Secret Service Agents Winston Lawson and Forrest Sorrels, as well as Motorcycle Officers Bobby Hargis, James Chaney, and Marrion Baker: See "New Proof of JFK Film Fakery".

(3) We know that, for nearly 50 years, Clint Hill has described climbing on the trunk, pushing Jackie down, lying across their bodies, peering into the wound, observing a fist-sized blow-out and giving a "thumbs down", all before the limo had reached the Triple Underpass: See “JFK: Who’s telling the truth: Clint Hill or the Zapruder film?”
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(4) We know that the original 8mm, already split film developed in Dallas, was taken to the NPIC on Saturday, the 23rd, and that a substitute 16mm, unsplit film, developed in Rochester, was taken there on Sunday, the 24th, where two different teams worked on the different versions: See "US Government Official: JFK Cover-Up, Film Fabrication".

(5) We also know that a half-dozen or more have viewed one or another film, different from the extant, including William Reymond, Rich DellaRosa, Gregory Burnham and others, whose contents generally converge, where Rich DellaRosa's description of what he has seen appears as an Appendix to The Great Zapruder Film Hoax (2003): See “Did Zapruder film ‘the Zapruder film’?”

(6) We have John Costella's precise visual tutorial about evidence internal to the film that explains how we can know that the film is a fabrication, where all of its frames had to be reshot to create the right sequence of "ghost panels": See "The JFK Assassination Film Hoax: An Introduction". Here's an informal discussion of his research on the film:

(7) We know that they not only removed the limo stop but painted over the blow-out in early frames and that the "blob" and the blood spray were painted in, but that they overlooked that in later frames, especially in Frame 374, the blow-out can be seen, as I explain in many places, including "What happened to JFK--and why it matters today":

(8) More recently, in “The Two NPIC Zapruder Film Events: Signposts Pointing to the Film’s Alteration”(2012) and “The Two NPIC Zapruder Film Events: Analysis and Implications” (2012), Doug Horne has substantiated that the original was taken to the NPIC on Saturday, the 23rd, and the substitute was brought there on Sunday, the 24th.

The timeline argument--that there was no opportunity for the film to have been faked, which Josiah Thompson has endlessly promoted--has no basis in fact and was merely a gambit. We know that the film was altered, which is proven by the multiple lines of argument I have advanced. We also know when and where it was altered and when and where the fake film was substituted for the original.

Since rationality requires that we revise our beliefs with the acquisition of new evidence and alternative hypotheses, the time has come to abandon the fantasy that the Zapruder film is authentic. But don't expect the Josiah Thompsons, the Robert Grodens and the lesser fry to abandon their promotion of Zapruder film authenticity. Consider this: The JFK Lancer Conference for the 50th observance of the death of JFK in Dallas is featuring as its keynote speaker Jefferson Morley!

Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth.


  1. Clint Hill also said Jackie was retrieving a portion of JFK's head from the RIGHT rear of the limo indicating a shot from the front left.. which would include Greer too possibly.

  2. The Zapruder film has been crudely altered to hide Greer shooting JFK. For those naysayers who say Greer had his left hand on the steering wheel just look at at this rare blow-up of the limo in the Nix Film. You can see Greer's arm is raised off the wheel during the head shot and his left arm/ shoulder go down while his body dips before going back to the steering wheel when he turns forward again- something NOT seen in Zapruder. Look at the blow-up at 1:09 in this video or just watch to your heart's content in this GIF clip
    Clint Hill said Jackie was retrieving a piece of JFK's skull from the right rear of the limo indicating a shot from the front left.. which would include Greer.

    1. I am sorry, but this version of events is inconsistent with the evidence. Yes, she was going after a chunk of JFK's skull and brains, which was behind where he had been sitting. But his brains were blown out to the left/rear, where they hit Officer Bobby Hargis so hard he initially believed that he himself had been shot. A round fired by Greer would have exited to the right/rear and not blown his brains out to the left/rear. Ballistics refutes your position.

  3. Jim,
    I'm sorry, I haven't followed your entire 'take' on the JFK assassination, so you may have commented on this particular angle, but to catch me up on your position: Are you aware of the take by the man who has sussed out evidence that there was a gunman down in the water drainage at the base of the grassy knoll, who took the shot that hit JFK's right temple so that the angle of the entry was from the lower right, not the mid- to upper right, as it would have been from a gunman behind the fence at the top of the grassy knoll?? And who then took an easy escape route from there (as demonstrable). Comment??

    Thanks - and for all your good work in this regard. (Are you going to be speaking at SOME symposium on the 50th anniversary???)

    1. Yes, you are talking about Tom Wilson. David Mantik and I explored this alternative, where David climbed down into the curb-side storm drain opening. The trajectory was wrong. This shot appears to have been fired from an above-ground sewer opening half-way between the road and the top of the Triple Underpass, not from the curb-side sewer drain.

    2. Thanks, Jim. Another quickie, for my info/awareness on where you stand on the subject: David Lifton's 'Best Evidence': He makes a case that JFK's body was surreptitiously transferred from Air Force One out of the other side, where nobody was watching, and sent to another hospital for surgery to obliterate any evidence of another shooter before it was sent on to Bethesda - arriving on the dock in a different casket from the original, wooden one, and with some discrepancy about its being in a body bag. Do these points still hold up after all these years of investigation into the matter?? Thanks - and for all the investigating and promoting that you do, on this atrocity, and that of 9/11.

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