Woman sues Washington for return of JFK assassination film
By Marice Richter
DALLAS (Reuters) - A woman whose grandfather shot a home movie of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas' Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963 is suing the U.S. government to either get it back or get $10 million in compensation.
Gayle Nix Jackson filed the lawsuit in federal court on Saturday, a day before the 52nd anniversary of the JFK assassination. Jackson is seeking the original film shot by her deceased grandfather, Orville Nix, or the money.
Jackson's suit claims the film is as important as the assassination footage captured by Abraham Zapruder with his movie camera. The federal government settled with Zapruder's heirs in 1999 to purchase the film for $16 million.
"According to the Warren Commission, the Nix film is nearly as important as the Zapruder film, yet the public is mainly unaware of its significance," the suit states.
The Warren Commission conducted the government's probe of the shooting.
The 8 mm film was taken from the opposite side of the JFK limousine from where the Zapruder film was shot.
Orville Nix sold his film to the UPI news agency for $5,000 in 1963 with an understanding it would be returned after 25 years. During that period, it was turned over to the U.S. government for the Warren Commission and other official probes of the Kennedy assassination, the lawsuit said.
The film was last known to be in possession of the government for the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978. Its whereabouts have been unknown ever since, the lawsuit said.
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