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Motorcade 63

About


"Motorcade 63" is a 5 minute animation which I created in 2019 as a visual aid to understand the events surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. I publish the work in the hope that others will find it as useful as I do in cutting through the myths and misunderstandings surrounding the case.

The unique feature of the work is the synchronization of the photos, films, and eyewitness accounts. By synchronizing all of the evidence I avoid falling into the trap of cherrypicking to suit a specific theory, which seems rather common practice by many authors in this case.

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For more information regarding: photo and film timings; actor numbers; and contact details; click HERE

Background


When researching this project I established facts by corroborating the many pieces of evidence in the case. For example when preparing the background map I used many photos taken in 1963 to establish the locations of the buildings, and other fixed landmarks in Dealey Plaza. I also used the Warren Commission report and the HSCA report when needing precise measurements or details.

I use a kind of inbetweening whereby I:

Then the computer program works out the frames in between these fixed points using the mathematics of bezier curves to smoothly move the actors over time. The smoothing also relates to the acceleration and deceleration so people and vehicles move in a realistic non-linear fashion in terms of their speed.

Here is an animation frame which depicts a part of the Thomas Atkins film where David Wiegman is running back to Camera Car #1, Haygood and Hargis are the visible bikes, with the Newman family in the foreground of the film:

Atkins films Wiegman (animation)

Anyone can view this portion of the Atkins film via "The Last Two Days" from the JFK library (12-13 minutes from the start).

In a later part of the animation I show the run by Robert MacNeil from Bus #1, who then follows Haygood up the grassy knoll (the route is overlayed as a black line):

Bond 5 Bond 5b

This animation frame can be checked against the actual Bond 5 photo:

Of particular note is the speed of Haygood and MacNeil at this time: This makes sense as they are both running at the time (i.e. much faster than a walking pace of 3-4mph), especially Haygood as he has reached the point where the incline on the knoll stops and he can pick up speed in his run. Here is a screenshot of the program showing the speed of the actors, and a black line overlay of Haygood's run from the bike to the overpass:

Haygood run

Links


The photos, films, and documentation which I used at the research stage of this project came from the following sources (alpha order):

JFK Assassination Gallery

JFK Lancer

JFK Library

Mary Ferrell Foundation

National Archives

Pat Speer

The Sixth Floor Museum

The Weisberg Collection, Hood College

Thank you all for sharing your work, and making this animation possible.