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lawrence will get $10 million to reprize her role for the seek well "catching fire." she's the highest paid actress bringing him $26 million. >> it's such a wonderful life. >> reporter: with the cast lawrence is careful with spending. she might be the face of dior but says she's still a bargain shopper. >> i stay in the days inn. >> reporter: the business of being jennifer lawrence international super star may seem like glitz and glamor these days, just don't tell her that. >> so awkward. >> gnnatural way about her. in rain today in dallas hard not to imagine for a second how different the world might be had it rained in dallas half a century agree. the sun was bright enough to see the pink dress and the top down
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and the president exposed in the car. a rainy day in dallas would pass into history and john f. kennedy would continue his term and go into a second term perhaps. for better or worse we would be living his legacy instead of marking his murder half a century later. ♪ ♪ tapping this morning john f. kennedy's grave. there was a wreath laid not far from where brothers ted and bobby lie. she's 85 years old, the last surviving sibling. had he lived this long he would be 9 6 years old. remembrances across the city today. in ireland, as well. in dilly plaza a outpouring of
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affection for a president so many texans viewed with suspicion in 1963 but so many others flocked to see. as the governor's wife told the president, well, mr. president, you can't say dallas doesn't love you. moments later, shots rang out. this is how millions of americans 50 years ago to the day experienced the moments that followed. >> president kennedy has been shot in dallas, texas. >> in downtown dallas, president kennedy was shot today just as his motorcade left downtown dallas. mrs. kennedy jumped up and grabbed mr. kennedy and cried oh, no, the motorcade sped on. >> no word at all -- official word from the doctors at park land hospital or the staff on the extent of the president's wounds. >> there is no reason to believe the president is dead. there is no word on his condition, neither is there any word on what made the attack. >> a television news man said that he looked up just after the
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shot was fired and saw a rifle being with drawn from a fifth or sixth floor window of a nearby building. >> there is no word they have been captured, probably because the focus of attention now, understandably is on the president and not so much on those who committed this act. >> i was probably 15 to 20 feet away from the president when it happened. >> tell us exactly what you saw, sir. >> as he was waving back, he was -- he was -- the shot rang out and he slumped down in the seat. >> i'm receiving word now. we have received word that two priests who were with the president reported that the president is dead. >> from dallas, texas, the flash apparently official, president kennedy died at 1:00 p.m. central standard time, 2:00 eastern standard time. some 38 minutes ago.
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>> former president hoober issued the following statement. he says i am shocked and grieved to learn of president kennedy's assassination. he loved america and has given his life for the country. i join the nation in heart-felt sympathy to mrs. kennedy and her children. >> the roses mrs. kennedy carried earlier were in the backseat of the automobile in which the president was shot. >> we reported on the arrest of the individual in dallas. he's being grilled now. he's said to be 24 years old. a name is given as leo h. oswald. >> lee oswald who is 25 years old is accused of murdering first a dallas policeman and secondly, they are working very hard at making a case against him for killing the president of the united states. >> well, that's how it was reported then, 50 years ago. those who lived through it, still live it 50 years later. no one forgets where they were when they heard.
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no one born before or after could think what it might have been. earlier tonight i spoke about all aspects with it with john king in dilly plaza, and david. david, you say in many ways this still represents the assassination of kennedy represents the loss on innocence for america. >> i believe that, anderson. at the time, we just come out of the second world war, which was grim, of course, but the 1950s basically were very good years, prospero prosperous, we were at peace and moving from the oldest president elected at that time to the youngest and a sense of hope. and i think it was -- it was such a shock it shattered our sense of hope in the future. you know, the nation wept twice with slain presidents, first with lincoln and then kennedy. with lincoln there was a sense
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his work was completed and with kennedy, it was his work was just starting. suddenly, we were firsted with a world that was much more grizzly and meaner. it was jungle-like. and of course, that was the dawn of years that came of when we have numerous assassinations and demonstrations and difficult times in the world, and i think that whole period represented the loss of innocence for the united states. we were more scenical, skeptical, suspicious nation. >> for you, the legacy means what? >> what could have been. imagine 58,000 killed in vietnam, would kennedy would have gotten us in vietnam. if you lost somebody there you love, that's a big question and the idea of putting the word with the peace corps, peace, barack obama today was talking about the peace corps. that sort of lives on as his legacy and finally, i think the
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space pace for kennedy is big. he represented can do is m and that's what the country needs. he didn't say we'll have a space flight program. he said we'll go to the moon and he gave us a date and we did it. so we're looking for an inspirational leader like kennedy now and we can't find one. >> john, you were there obviously, in dallas for the memorial services. the city spent the last 50 years gr grappling how to handle it. did it turn a page. >> it certainly did. i want to show you as we have the conversation. this is a replica of tomorrow morning, wednesday morning the day after the assassination as it was in that day. saturday, november 23rd, excuse me, not wednesday. kennedy is slain on a dallas street. the on the dallas street was slain, it was called the city of hate. there was never a commemoration or celebration here so on this 50th anniversary, a short ceremony, very respectful.
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the kennedy family decided not to send anyone here even though they gave the nod. what you heard was not retelling out violence that played out. virtually none of that at all. it was a tribute to the legacy of president kennedy, to what you talked about, the hopeful, inspirational, aspirational presidency and on that grassy null, so many conspiracy theories and there is a plaque containing part of the speech the president was to give. he was on his way to the dallas trademark to speech at a luncheon and part of what he was to say in the speech is forever ensquired here at dilly plaza. it will turn the chapter and the theme was the city of love, dallas love for years, this was called the city of hate. >> david, you said you talked about jfk's assassination and the warren commission, we're
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opening a page of skepticism in the united states. >> i think that's true. it was hastily pulled together and sloppily done. that led, as well as other things, you know, the jack ruby killing of lee harvey oswald was stunning. how did he get through? they were trying to silence lee harvey oswald before he said anything and there have been conspiracy theories since whether there were two shooters or not. finally, i think after 50 years, there is a general consensus lee harvey oswald did this alone. client hill, who was mrs. kennedy's secret service protector tweeted today, you know, three shots, sixth floor, one gun, one gunman, i was there, case closed. >> doug, cnn released a poll today that showed some 90% of americans approve of the job kennedy did.
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that's a remarkable number. >> remarkable. people under 50. i thought it may have been people that remembered him. all students want to do papers on john f. kennedy. he's going to be the young, hand some president gunned down in his prime and used television so effectively. his speeches so eloquent they will live in an eternal way. he was part of the greatest generation, served in world war ii and really believed we could do things. he had a little bit of fdr in him in the sense of taking risk but most of the risk he took calculate one's work. he did just right in berlin and just right in cuba. >> the fact that other haves said, he will always be young. he's frozen in that age in our collective memory, and so there are those what ifs and people can kind of put on to him whatever they want. >> and a lot of color footage. we don't have eisenhower's farewell in black and white. you don't see ike and trueman in
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color but in kennedy, there are a lot of color photographs of camelot. it was big then it kind of had a womanizing in john f. kennedy. people love him and hence 0% of the american people give him a thumbs up. >> thank you. let us know what you think and follow me on twitter and tweet us using hash tag "ac 360." ahead on the various investigations into the assassination. why so many people harbor doubts lee harvey oswald agected alone a new president sworn in after bringing a slain president home. ready to run your lines?
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there are many reasons no event has given birth to more conspiracy theories than the kennedy assassination. it's hard to think a loan loser with a few pounds on a trigger and basic marking men ship can single handily erase a person of figure. secretary state kerry says he is a skeptic. >> where do you coal down to the conspiracy theories? >> to this day i have serious
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doubts that lee harvey oswald agented acted alone? >> really? >> i'm not sure if he's motivated himself i don't know if anyone else was involved. i don't go down that road with respect to the grassy null their rebut i have questions if they got to the bottom of lee harvey oswald's time and influence from cuba and russia. >> secretary kerry is not alone. 51% of americans in a poll don't believe that lee harvey oswald acted alone. an official finding and leading defe defender, first here is ed. >> reporter: if holly pro wowoo producers could give the kennedy assassination the crime show treatment it would be solved in a show like csi in an hour, but five decades later conspiracy theories thooif.
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>> i would not want to be a believer one person did this alone when that was impossible. >> reporter: to this day, robert preaches conspiracy on the grassy null every weekend. he's dedicated his life to the kennedy assassination, consummited the house committee in the 1970s, even had small parts in oliver stone's film "jfk." he moved to dallas to fight the conclusion lee harvey oswald acted alone. >> he could never have been convicted. that's why they had to kill him. >> reporter: where do you think the shots came from? >> shots came from at least four different directions. >> this is the result of 12 different locations of actually running the scanner. >> reporter: the kennedy assassination got the csi treatment by mike and a team of investigators that analyzed it with modern forensic tools using this $180,000 scanner.
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they created a 3 ddi dealey plaza and did it as if they were investigating a modern case. >> reporter: what is that? >> if you look at the physical evidence, there is nothing else to suggest that lee harvey oswald shot the president of the united states in 1963. >> reporter: the first he says likely hit the street and decision grated, the second shot struck kennedy in the back, exited out of his throat, passed through texas governor's conly's back and lodged in the leg. the bullet was found in the hospital in tact but warped like a kidney bean. >> that magic bullet has been a source of controversy for five decades now and you're saying it could have easily happened? >> absolutely. >> reporter: to prove the point they documented a simulated shooting for the pbs show nova.
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>> mike hague will test fire one round into one of the oldest test materials. >> reporter: it's done with a high-speed camera. >> the bullet penetrated 36 inches, but what condition is it in. >> the nose of this bullet is undeformed. it's still perfectly round. >> reporter: hague says the entrance wound in kennedy's back is perfectly round but the entrance wound in conly's back is not, which suggests that bullet tumbled out of kennedy and into conly. >> this is not magic. it fits darn well with the physical evidence. >> reporter: then the grew some third shot. the shot came from the sixth floor window, struck the president's skull and fragmented. parts of it going across dealey plaza and hitting a third victim, james tage who suffered a minor face wound. >> that's within the realm of possibility for these fragments
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to deflect and get to tage. >> reporter: today tage doesn't believe that story. he thinks there was another shotter in dealey plaza and more than three shots fired. >> they were one-dimension shots. so they had to go back and fit a missed shot in there, and that's when they came up with the magic bullet theory. >> that the whole in kennedy's back -- >> reporter: mike hague did not find physical evidence of a second gunman or clues that show shots were fired from a second location. for robert and conspiracy theorists who flock to the grassy null five decades later, this still isn't enough. >> people come because they know something is wrong. they want to find out and see for themselves, and they come here and they look around. they see the sixth floor and the angle. they know the shots come from the front and say no way, it couldn't have happen that way. >> joining us now is pathologist
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and legal expert and investigation reporter james. his book is titled "case closed" the assassination spun theories. lyndon johnson had a hand in the death, 60% of americans believe it's a conspiracy. i know you say case closed, why do you think it persists 50 years later? >> i think, anderson, david hit some of it before. jack ruby looks like he's from central casting and looks like a hoodlum and running strip clubs and bars in dallas. and david says it doesn't do a good job and stumbles on things and gets the sequence of shots wrong in dilly paealey plaza an doesn't represent ruby's
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connections and then you get things come out, things repeated, people believe it. witnesses saw something mysterious, died in car weaks or heart attacks or fell off a building. nobody in the world could make those shots, not true. things like that. jim garrison's investigation and the late '70s they believe it's a conspiracy because of a throuflawed tape, a great film maker, the only thing he gets right in "jfk" is the date he's killed. >> what about that? you always there thought there was a second gunman. you've been vocal about that for decades. i want to play a clip of you questioning the path of the bullet. >> is it impossible that the bullet would have gone through president kennedy, gone through governor conley and not suffered any more damage than is shown in this photograph? >> i would hesitate really to
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say that it's absolutely 100% impossible, but it is highly i'm probable. >> do you still have the same questions about the bullet, and do you think there was a second shooter still? >> there is no question. the single bullet theory is totally scientifically absurd. a bullet moving into kennedy's back and moving upward 11.5 degrees and exiting through the back. bullets move in straight lines. the bullet is moving from back to front, right to left and down to up. it comes out of his neck and comes out 18 to 20 inches and slams into conly behind the armpit, goes through the chest, destroys 5 inches of the right rib and exits at a downward level below the nipple, look at the film. john conley is holding his hat here at the chest level of nearly shoulder. the bullet comes, hooks around, goes into the wrist and the shatters the rate raid use and
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moves at a downward angle of 45 degrees into john conly's left thigh and works it's way of 4 inches of fat, muscle, fiber, skin and goes onto the stretcher. the hero of the single bullet though rewhich we deny, the magic bullet theory. on the night of the autopsy who had never done a single gunshot wound autopsy in their entire careers, on that evening the bullet was from kennedy's back. the next morning when they learned from dr. perry in dallas that they had missed a bullet hole in the front of the president's neck, now the bullet went through 6 inches of soft tissue, saw the starched white collar, got frightened and plopped into the clothing. the bullet is rejauf nighted, reviet lazed and made seven wounds in two men. >> what about that? >> anderson, i like him a lot. i have respect for him. we disagree on this.
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in 199 2 when i researched my book, i sat in when he did an autopsy and i saw things i understand about the kennedy case. this is like throw back thursday for that. what i mean is like i just took a time machine back to 1978. the clock stopped and doctor is locked into his view of the magic bullet theory, it's not a theory and been proven time and time again. he repeats it. it's conspiracy theoriests who don't believe the magic bullet happened. since passed hill back. the since forensics and boll lick ticks, anderson, moved ahead. look, it could have been they could have disproven the magic bullet, in which case i would know, you would know and everyone would know there was a conpir see in dealey plaza. you can argue whether oswald did it for the cubans or russians. i sent a book to secretary kerry. i hope he reads it.
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you can't argue one bullet did infligt both those wounds, that so-called single bullet happened. >> doctor, you're critical of the warren commission, the federal investigation. what could you have done different? >> let me just comment. i reciprocate the complementary comments about gerald, he and i are friendly and i respect him but a couple of comments, too. the bullet as recovered, anderson, weighed 158.6 grains and bought 161 grains. john conly took flag mragments that bullet to his grave and all them together weighed 1.5% of the original weight of the bullet and then the nose and the cone. the government did do an experiment and the bullets they recovered shooting through the cadavers to simulate conly's wrist showed indeed bullets came back with a mushrooming effect. the conference that we held recently in pittsburgh, we had one of the two top surgeons at
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parkland hospital who took care of president kennedy. never made the national news. this gentleman speaking calmly but firmly said standing 18 inches away from the president's gaping wound for a period of 8 to 10 minutes holding a retract store there was no question that bullet had entered in the right front temp real area. so with all due respect, gerald, when you say it's old science and so on, that's not really the case. forensic science does not become old if it is valid. >> all right. >> and forensic science is applicable in this case. >> appreciate it. leave the decushion there. inside air force one, cockpit audio tapes and lee harvey oswald's widow 50 years later. hey guys! sorry we're late. did you run into traffic? no, just had to stop by the house to grab a few things. you stopped by the house? uh-huh. yea. alright, whenever you get your stuff, run upstairs, get cleaned up for dinner. you leave the house in good shape? yea. yea, of course. ♪ [ sportscaster talking on tv ] last-second field go--
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welcome back. you think about the early jet age it's hard not to think about the kennedys. there is a reason. they helped usher it in. before then air force one was an old propeller plane and then was a gleaming plane. >> reporter: the paersful transition of power for the mightiest nation on earth took place not in the white house or even in washington, but on a plane. windows shades drawn for fear of snipers, the air conditions off to save fuel. the scratchy audio captured on a dictation machine. built the year before, president kennedy's air force one was the
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first presidential jet. jackie kennedy hired the designer who came up with its distinctive paint scheme still used today. that day in dallas, as the first couple set off into the adoring crowd, the crew monitored their progress on the plane's radios. it wasn't long before they knew something was terribly wrong. the president had been shot. >> we have report quoting mr. kilduff in dallas that the president is dead. >> reporter: air force one transferred into a command center and as far as anyone knew was the only safe place for a possibly still targeted vice president. >> do you have any passengers on board? >> roger, 40 plus. >> reporter: to the frustration of many, lyndon johnson code
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name volunteer refused to take off until he took the oath of office. >> waiting for a judge to appear for a swearing. that is for a volunteer, is that right? >> yes, we are having it here before we take off. >> reporter: determining the president's body should not travel in the baggage comment, the crew struggled to make space in the plane. they recall what had to be done. >> they pull these four seats out and took a saw and cut off the head right across here and the line is still there. >> reporter: the president's casket was rushed up the plane's stairs while people pressed into the sweltering space to bare witness. >> the photographers crammed up on the little couch right here in the corner and pushed themselves up into the corner. >> reporter: jackie kennedy insisted on being present. the photographer careful to frap
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the shot to not show the blood of her husband on her clothes. finally, it was time to go. >> you tell me to in regards one and two are the top people? >> roger, the president is on board. the body is on board. and mrs. kennedy is on board. >> reporter: with that air force one took off signaling its departure and long standing secret service code on this terrible day seemed so fitting, angle is airborne. martin savidge, cnn. >> incredible to hear those recordings. coming up, whatever happened to lee harvey oswald's wife. the new life that she made for herself. later, the fascinating story of jackie kennedy's pink suit and where it is now, when we continue. time? the son picks up the check? [thinking] i'm still working. he's retired.
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hard to imagine what life has been like for lee harvey oswald's widow. she started a new life with a new husband but understandably, she's been somewhat recollusive as decades have gone by. bri brian todd report what is we know about her. a 72-year-old retiree outside wall part in texas. walking past her wouldn't recognize the grandmother with the worried look is one of the last people still alive with a
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deeply personal family connection to that weekend in dallas 50 years ago. this is merina oswald purto, a woman who now simply wants to be left alone. after 50 years of being harassed like that and having reporters show up at your home and, you know, anywhere you go and everyone is trying to to only speak about one subject. >> reporter: a film maker says in recent years she's become recollusive. she lives in a house behind these trees outside dallas, signs clearly indicating visitors aren't welcome. she married kenneth porter two years after the assassination and raised the son she had with him and the two daughters she had with oswald. >> i understand they have grown up to be quite out standing citizens, are holding good jobs. so i commend her and her children and her husband for what they have done. >> reporter: a friend says in recent years, she turned down a
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network offer of $3 million for an interview, but decades ago she did speak out revealing a change of heart about her husband. to tv station krld, just two months after the assassination. >> do you believe that your husband killed president kennedy? >> i don't want to believe, but i have too much thought and thought tell me he shot kennedy. >> reporter: later she came to believe oswald was setup as she told nbc news in 1993. >> well, he definitely did not fire the shots, according to all the evidence that i have right now. >> reporter: why the about face? former dallas morning news reporter has known marina for decades. >> manipulation might be a crude way of putting it, but she certainly changed her mind because of some of the conspiracy theories that have been given to her.
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>> reporter: we tried several times to reach marina oswald porter and after going to her home and calling repeatedly, we got an answer on the phone and we saw what others meant he is protective. he said quote we're not talking to the media right now but thank you and he hung up. >> mr. priscilla met kennedy johnson and his killer. he was a researcher and met oswald while working as a reporter in the soviet union. she's the author of a book called "marina and lee." mr. pra zil la joins me. thanks for being with us. you know president kennedy when he was a senator and you met lee harvey oswald in the soviet union when you were a reporter. what went through your mind when you realized you knew the man that killed the president?
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>> i was stunned. i had thought that he would be stuck in the soviet union forever. i had no idea that he had been able to return to the united states. >> what do you remember about meeting oswald? was he like? >> well, he was slight of build, rather polite. he had a slight southern accent. we talked a long, long time. he wanted to talk about economics. i wanted to talk to him about himself. there were certain subjects he clearly didn't want to talk about, and he was very, very angry at the american embassy, which had stoled him when he tried to take an oath renouncing his american citizenship. >> and you first marina oswald
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in 1964. you interviewed her for your book. was it difficult to get her to open up to you? was she talkative then? >> no, after the assassination, i think she was very glad to have someone to talk to, perhaps comforting to talk to a woman. a woman who might be old enough to be an older sister or a mother, and we had a good time together, and -- but i had to -- i had to always work with her late in the day. she liked to start working about 5:00 p.m. she smoked one cigarette after another. but i would say we had a pretty good time and i would go over certain incidents again and again and again with her to see which version she had told was true because she had to speak to
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the fbi, the secret service and the warren commission. >> she was said to be estranged at the time of the assassination. did she describe her marriage to him with you? was there violence? >> a great deal. we discussed her marriage a lot, but i would say estranged was a strong word. they were living apart, and the night before the assassination, he did try to get her to come back with him to dallas. he said if she could come immediately, he would find an apartment the next day, and she wanted to get back together, but around christmastime when they would have saved up some money. >> it's fascinating. priscilla johnson, thank you. >> thank you. jackie kennedy's iconic pink suit. she refused to change out of it
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there are so many iconic images that stem from that day in dallas. one is the image of jackie kennedy in the pink suit with the pill box hat. what happened to the suit after is a fascinating story, maybe one day on display for the public to see but not any time soon. randi kaye explains why. >> reporter: in the words of president john f. kennedy, she looked smashing in it, which may be why the president asked jackie kennedy to wear her now famous watermelon pink suit to dallas on november 22nd, 1963. >> the welcoming commit presents mrs. kennedy with roses. >> reporter: it looked like cocoa chanel but it was a knock off made in america. here he is in 1962 awaiting the arrival of the prime minister of algeria. that's john jr. in her arms. in dallas on november 22nd at
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this chamber of commerce breakfast, the president joked about his wife fashion sentence. >> nobody wonders what lyndon andly wear. >> reporter: later that day, president kennedy would be dead, and the first lady's stunning pink suit stained forever with her husband's blood would begin a long and mysterious journey. when aids suggested she change her clothes after the shooting, she refused. phillip sheenan wrote a book. >> her remark and i think she made it more than once is no, i'm going to leave these clothes on. i want then to see what they have done. >> reporter: hours later mrs. kennedy continued to wear the suit during the emergency swearing in of lyndon johnson as president. >> that whole scene is obviously surreal. she arrives in the cabin in air force one in these clothes, covered with the president's blood, and expected to stand there and witness the swearing in of her husband's successor.
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>> reporter: mrs. kennedy was still in her suit when she arrived later that evening at andrew's air force base where she received her husband's body. the president's brother at her side in the middle of the night. once at home, the made put the suit in a bag so mrs. kennedy wouldn't have to look at it. in 1964 the bloodstained suit arrived here, at the national archives building in the nation's capitol. it came in a box with handwritten note from jackie kennedy's hotter on her personal stationary, it read simply jackie's suit and bag worn november 22nd, 1963. all this time jackie kennedy's suit is forbidden from view and will likely stay that way for a long time. caroline kennedy gave the suit to the people of the united states with the understanding that it wouldn't be put on public display for 100 years,
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until 2103 and then the kennedy family must be consulted before any attempt is made to display the suit, in effort to avoid sen station lizing that horrible act. it's believed a hand full of people, maybe as few as two have seen it since. along with the suit and also hidden from view in the new archives in maryland, the blue blouse mrs. kennedy wore, her stockings, blue shoes and blue purse. what they don't have is the first lady's pink pill box hat. >> the hat is a mystery. the hat goes to the secret service initially and the secret service turns it over to mrs. kennedy's private secretary and then it disappears. it has not been seen since. >> reporter: the archive is making every effort to preserve the suit. it's stored in a windowless vault in an acid free container where the air is changed every 20 minutes or so to properly maintain the wool and cloth and
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kept at a temperature of 65 to 68 degrees, which is best for the fabric. the suit's story, a perfect ending for a first lady who craved privacy after so much pain. randi kaye, cnn, los angeles. >> remarkable to know the history of that. let's get caught up on other stories we're following. susan hendrix has the 360 bulletin. secretary of state john kerry, german and french counter parts heading to geneva tonight. a state department spokeswoman saying mr. kerry decided to travel in case an agreement is reached and talks just wrapped up for the night. virginia state senator deeds is out of the hospital three days after his son stabbed him repeatedly and killed himself. on twitter deeds wrote i'm alive so must live. some wounds won't heal. your prayers and your friendship are important to me. with one hobbit hit movie
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under the belt and the second under the trilogy, hollywood is planning a fantasy book. the film will focus on the life of j.r. and the influences behind the hob both and lord of the rings. anderson, back to you. lee harvey oswald killed two men in dallas 50 years ago today. we remember officer j.d. tippit killed in the line of duty that day. but they didn't fit. customer's not happy, i'm not happy. sales go down, i'm not happy. merch comes back, i'm not happy. use ups. they make returns easy. unhappy customer becomes happy customer. then, repeat customer. easy returns, i'm happy. repeat customers, i'm happy. sales go up, i'm happy. i ordered another pair. i'm happy. (both) i'm happy. i'm happy. happy. happy. happy. happy. happy happy. i love logistics.
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ink from chase. so you can. as we told you at the top of the program, the focus in dallas was on the slain president but there was another kill income dallas that day. a 39-year-old dallas police officer j.d. tippit. he died in the line of duty and became part of history. tonight, we remember hip in our american journey. as the bells rang out in dealey plaza to commemorate john kennedy, an 85-year-old great grandmother watched and listened and more than anyone in that audience she must have felt a double heartache. the nation lost a president, she
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lost a husband. >> a dallas policeman a short while ago was shot and killed while chasing a suspect. >> marie tippit was at home that day and remembered her husband coming home for a quick lunch and headed back to the patrol car. as she told nbc news it was suddenly a hectic day. >> they called him and told him a description of the person that they was looking for. >> that person was lee harvey oswald. jd tippit drove to the neighborhood in dallas and he stopped a man walking along the street. but as tippit got out of his patrol car, lee harvey oswald fire three times from a .38 caliber revolver. he shot tippit a fourth time as the officer lied on the ground. the officer died instantly. >> i couldn't believe it. it was unreal. >> marie tippit was in agony. she had three children to raise and a pension of 23 2 a month.
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today there say memorial plaque at the corner in honor of j.d. tippit but it took almost half a century to make it happen. she told the dallas morning news quote i'm proud we have it. it will be a good thing for history to remember what happened here. that does it for this edition of 360. thanks for watching. tune in one hour from now at 10:00 p.m. eastern for the assassination of president kennedy. piers morg"piers morgan live" s. good evening. this is "piers morgan live" looking at the grave site of john f kennedy at arlington national cemetery. two days after the assassination jackie requested the flame as a permanent memorial. 50 years later, america and the world are remembering the 35th president in dallas, the city where jfk died a moment of silence at 12:30 local time,