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With his home film camera, Dallas businessman Abraham Zapruder recorded the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. This footage is one of the few films of this historic event.
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Shaw was found not guilty. Zapruder died the following year, on August 30, 1970, of cancer. He was 66 years old.
In 1975, Life magazine sold Zapruder's original film and all the rights to Zapruder's family for $1. They soon established the LMH Company to handle business related to the film. Three years later, the family gave the original film to the National Archives for safekeeping.
The Zapruder family licensed the assassination footage to filmmaker Oliver Stone for his 1991 film JFK. The movie raised a lot of questions regarding the assassination, creating a new wave of public interest in this American tragedy. In response to public pressure, a new bill called the JFK Act was passed by the Congress to make available previously classified information regarding the assassination.
As a part of this act, the Assassination Records Review Board was created to examine what documents and materials could be released. The board also determined that the government should take possession of all pertinent evidence in the Kennedy case, including the Zapruder film. After years of legal wrangling and negotiating, the Zapruder family was awarded $16.5 million for the original film in 1999. They then donated the associated copyrights to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
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