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Mary Moorman was holding her camera horizontally and not vertically…
…when she took her famous Polaroid #5.

Subject: Disinformation or mistake into an allegedly historical video and also in a famous blockbuster.
Photographer: Mary Ann Moorman

Last Additions
04/17/2005:
Important explanations sent by Gary Mack, Curator of The Sixth Floor Museum.
06/09/2005: The comments of James H. Fetzer about this page on Black Op Radio (Real Player format.)
07/24/2006: The comments of James H. Fetzer are now available in MPEG Layer 3 format (MP3.)
10/11/2006: The Men Who Killed Kennedy - Links and Views by Dave Reitzes (Internet Link at bottom.)
04/12/2017: Video (slideshow) of Dr. James Fetzer about this page on Youtube.

The following information is written merely as a matter of record and is by no means meant to cause any further confusion on the Mary Moorman photos. This is just a simple demonstration regarding how Mary Moorman held (oriented) her Polaroid Land camera on 22nd November, 1963.

My goal is to show how a well known and serious media as History Channel in "The Men Who Killed Kennedy" or a blockbuster like Oliver Stone movie "JFK" could misinform (voluntarily or involuntarily) the public by showing a wrong representation, in other words a distortion, of the facts and therefore of the truth. 

Historically, there were five Polaroid photographs taken by both Mary Moorman and her friend Jean Hill the day of the assassination. Mary took the first photo, Jean took the second one, and the three remaining photographs were taken by Mary Moorman.


Hereunder, the five photographs displayed chronologically.

Several explanations about the five Moorman photographs

Photo #1: Taken by Mary Moorman, Jean Hill is seated in Moorman’s Ford Thunderbird parked on Houston Street at the corner of Main Street in front of the Old Red Courthouse (camera held vertically).

Photo #2: Taken by Jean Hill, Mary is standing in front of the car, she is holding the first photo of Jean Hill that she took a few seconds before (camera held vertically).
Note that both photographs show Dealey Plaza and the TSBD in background.

Photo #3: Taken by Mary Moorman, this one shows a motorcyclist cop friend of Moorman and Hill (camera held horizontally).

Photo #4: Taken by Mary Moorman, this one also shows another motorcyclist cop. This photo was given to the motorcyclist in question and to date remains unavailable because lost or misplaced according to the motorcyclist (camera held horizontally probably).

Photo #5: Taken by Mary Moorman, this is the famous photo showing the Presidential Limo after President Kennedy has been shot (camera held horizontally).

In which purpose the media can present a false information which induces
a serious distortion of the facts and therefore of the truth?

Hereunder, two examples regarding the erroneous representation of how Mary Moorman was holding her camera when she took her famous Polaroid #5

- The first one comes from the documentary "The Men Who Killed Kennedy" produced by History Channel in 1988.
What is astonishing and very intriguing it is that the woman from the documentary is Mary Moorman HERSELF!!!

- The second one comes from Oliver Stone movie "JFK" broadcasted worldwide in 1991.

As you will see in both illustrations, the camera is held vertically instead of horizontally!

History Channel documentary "The Men Who Killed Kennedy" (1988)
The movie "JFK" by Oliver Stone (1991)

What surprises me the most in the History Channel documentary is the following: In which state of mind and for which reasons did Mary Moorman voluntarily take part to what could be called a "probable" operation of disinformation? I can't accept or imagine that Mary could have made such an error without good reasons, but… which ones?
If one considers that it was really an operation of disinformation this one has perfectly succeeded.

And consequently,… the wrong orientation of Moorman camera, in "JFK" movie, can be regarded as the result of this skilful operation of disinformation.

Mary Moorman into the Muchmore and Zapruder films
Hereunder two frames coming from Muchmore and Zapruder films.
As you can see, Mary Moorman is holding her camera horizontally.


Some important explanations sent by Gary Mack, Curator of The Sixth Floor Museum
Hereunder a mail that Gary Mack sent me in the hours following the launch of this page on Internet. Gary Mack's explanations rule out all suspicions regarding an operation of disinformation voluntarily orchestrated by The History Channel.
However, a question remains question marked: Could Olivier Stone have been misled by this documentary? That could explain why the actress, impersonating Mary Moorman, is also holding the camera vertically.
From: Gary Mack <GMack@jfk.org>
To: "'copweb@skynet.be'" <copweb@skynet.be>
Subject: Moorman camera
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 10:15:40 -0500

> Marcel,

> The History Channel had nothing to do with filming The Men Who Killed
> Kennedy. The show was produced in 1988 by Central Independent Television,
> one of the British commercial tv networks. The Arts & Entertainment (A&E)
> channel bought rights to the show and premiered it in the US in 1991. A
> year or two later, TMWKK started appearing on the History Channel, which
> is owned by A&E.

> True, Moorman held the camera incorrectly in the scene you noted. As I
> recall, we caught that error during filming, but the wrong version got
> used in the show. All decisions about the program's contents were made by
> the producer, Nigel Turner. 

> Gary Mack
Original VHS Cassette
"The Men Who Killed Kennedy"
Produced by Nigel Turner

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 Mary Moorman Camera - Polaroid Camera Model 80A
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Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia - Mary Ann Moorman 
 
TMWKK - Links and Views by Dave Reitzes 

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