JFK assassination film hoax

The lamppost mistake

To check that the Elm Street shown in the Zapruder film agrees with the real Elm Street in Dallas, Texas, scientists made use of photographs taken in 2002, as well as photographs taken in the week after the assassination by the Dallas police, together with precise survey maps of the area, to construct a panoramic view from the place from which Zapruder said he took his film.

A small-size copy of that panorama is shown here:

The Zapruder film images are overlaid on the black-and-white 1963 photos, which are themselves overlaid on the 2002 photos. The images were corrected for pincushion distortion and perspective effects before being “stitched together” using advanced computer programs.

Overall, the Zapruder film agrees with real Elm Street extremely well. As a whole, the Zapruder film has the correct pincushion distortion and perspective effects.

But there are two things that don’t match up properly.

One is the road sign, which comes out blurry. This is because it was pasted into the film incorrectly, as described on the last page.

The other is the lamppost to the right of the sign. In the panorama above you can see the top half of the lamppost as shown in the Zapruder film. Just to its right is the real lamppost as of November 1963. (Ignore the lamppost further to the left: this is where it had been moved to by 2002.)

It does not matter that the Zapruder film lamppost is slightly to the left of the Dallas Police Department photo. That is explained by the police taking the photo from a slightly different position to Abraham Zapruder. (This is called “parallax”.)

What is important is that the angle of the lamppost is wrong. You can see this more clearly in the comparison below:

If you look at the white wall and the bushes in the background, you can see that the two panoramic views line up exactly. But the lamppost changes its angle.

This is even clearer if we draw a line down the middle of the lamppost:

The Zapruder film shows the lamppost leaning slightly to the right. Even though it is only a small lean, it is something that could not happen if the film was genuine.

The angle of the lamppost is another small mistake that the forgers made. Frames showing the lamppost were published in Life magazine within days. Once that was done, it was impossible to fix the mistake.

To be fair, the forgers had no idea that computers would become as powerful as they are today. Computers in 1964 didn’t do any graphics at all! It took almost 40 years for this small mistake to be found.

This is an example of how modern science can sometimes solve murder mysteries that are decades old. This case just happens to be the most famous murder mystery of all time.

Introduction page

The fast-forward mistakes

The sign mistake

The lamppost mistake  You are here!

The wound mistake

The blood mistake