- Posted November 17, 2014 by
The Missing Film of the JFK Assassination: The Nix Film
On November 22, 1963, Dallas resident Orville Nix shot the second most important film showing the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Taken from a different angle than that of Zapruder, it shows the effects of the shot to Kennedy's head, and activities on the grassy knoll.
The original film was studied in 1978 by the HSCA (House Select Committee on Assassinations), but was lost when they returned it to UPI in 1979. Copies of the film were returned to the Nix family, but the whereabouts of the original film remain a mystery.
Why is the film so important?
If found, the film could possibly reveal important details, like the presence of a shooter on the grassy knoll. Examination of the film shows the image of what seems to be a shooter leaning on the top of a car.
Gayle Nix Jackson, Orville's granddaughter, is on the hunt for the original film since 1988
Since 1988 Orville Nix' granddaughter Gayle Nix Jackson has been on the hunt for the original film. In 1992, she appeared on several national TV shows, among them Geraldo and Entertainment Tonight. In 2013, she wrote a book titled, Orville Nix: The Missing Kennedy Assassination Film. In the search of the film, she has talked to many people, among them Maurice Schonfeld, co-founder of CNN. In 1963, Schonfeld was an UPI executive who agreed to pay Orville Nix $5,000 for his film.
What did government studies of the film show?
In 1978, the House Select Committee on Assassination studied the image above, and concluded that the image is simply a combination of lights and shadows. Unfortunately, they failed to study the other areas seen in the film, especially the picket fence area where researchers think they spotted human activities. They studied only 8 frames of the film. Two experts of the HSCA photo panel, Drs. Clyde Snow and Paul Roetling, told Gayle Nix that "they had never studied the film, only frames... Eight frames were shown to them and those were the eight frames studied"
How was the film lost?
Like the case in the JFK assassination, there are several theories... The first is that it got lost during its transfer from the HSCA to UPI. A receipt was signed by two UPI employees. One of the men who signed it is deceased, and the signature of the other one is of an unknown individual. Another theory, advanced by Gayle Nix is that the film is under a pile of cement:
"Later, I confronted Reese Schonfeld as to the film's whereabouts. He said he placed the Nix film in a safety deposit box before he left to begin with CNN and had given the key to the UPI accountant, Alexander Boch. I contacted Boch. A month later, I received a letter from Boch saying he had no knowledge of the film and that the Clinton National Trust Bank was bought by Chase Manhattan and since been demolished"
What could modern technology reveal that 1978's could not?
In 1967 and 1975, the film was studied by ITEK which concluded that the image of the alleged gunman is just lights and shadows. Conspiracy theorists point out that the only client that ITEK ever had was the CIA. Today's photo analysis technology is vastly more advanced than it was in 1978. It could help prove or disprove the presence of a shooter on the grassy knoll.
Are there any hopes to find the original?
According to former Dallas FBI analyst Farris Rookstool, the film is either in the hands of a collector or has been discarded without knowing it was the original film. Gayle Nix wrote a book and has been getting as many TV and radio interviews as possible in the hope that someone contact her who might have knowledge as to the whereabouts of the original film.