Bad Luck with Cameras in Dealey Plaza and Photographers not Taking Pictures at the Right Time

Created on August 18, 2015

1. Tom Alyea (WFAA) 



Alyea’s camera broke in Fort Worth. When he knew something had happened in Dealey Plaza, he had to use whatever he could put his hands on. He grabbed his partner’s older model that had a reputation of losing its loop, as demonstrated in some of his footage taken on the 6th floor (Picture of the Pain, page 520)

2. James Underwood (KRLD)


On Main Street, Underwood’s camera broke down. At Main and Record, he saw his colleague George Sanderson filming. He grabbed Sanderson’s camera, and ran up to the TSBD (Pictures of the Pain, pages 417 and 419). Had not his camera broken down, he may have been able to created more film in Dealey Plaza.

3. Robert Hughes film

Stopped filming before the shots

4. Mark Bell film

Z-Bell, Mark

Jack Bell

Stopped filming before the shots

5. Bob Jackson (Dallas Times Herald)

Jackson on Main Street

Main Street

Saw the rifle, but things happened too fast. Not a single photo in Dealey Plaza.

“Jackson had just his emptied camera with the telephoto lens on his lap and another camera on a strap around his neck, but as he later wrote, “It happened too fast, then, for me to get a photo of it’ (Pictures of the Pain, page 440)

6. David Powers (JFK’s aide)

Did not take any pictures in Dealey Plaza. He is labeled as #2 in the images below. Seen in the color photo taken at Love Field Airport.


7. Tina Towner

Z-Towner, Tina 1

Stopped filming before the shots

8. Malcom Couch (WFAA)

Couch in Martin film, maybe

Martin film

Saw a rifle in a window, but was not quick enough to film it.

Someone in Car 3 told the other passengers about the rifle in a window. People in the car who heard or could have heard him: Jim Underwood, Tom Dillard, Jim Darnell, Mal Couch and Bob Jackson. Dillard took 2 photos of the sniper’s nest, but a bit too late.

9. Richard Bothun 

Z-Bothun and Altgens in Zap

Zapruder film

Bothun was on the right of UPI photographer James Altgens on the South side of Elm Street. He was paralyzed by the events in Dealey Plaza, and was unable to take any pictures during the shooting.

10. John Martin film

After this encounter, he went back to his office, and came back to the Depository at 12:50. At that time, he had used 25 feet of his 50-foot film. He started taking more film. He then thought he had finished the roll just to discover that only 25 feet had been taken because there was a crimp in the film, something he had never experienced before. (TPOTP, page 573).

More info on the Martin film:

11. A.J. L’Hoste (WFAA)

Originally posted in front of the TSBD with his camera and a state-of-art camera, he decided to move to a point on Main Street where nobody could hear the shots.

12. Congressman Henry Gonzales

He claims he took photos in the motorcade, but they were stolen, hence remain unseen. Credit: Todd Vaughan.


My other blogs

Witnesses and Suspects in Dealey Plaza

The Activities of Dallas TV and Radio People on the Weekend of the Assassination

Denver Post. November 22, 23, 24 and 25 Editions

Cameramen and Photographers Along the Motorcade Route

The Missing Craven Film Taken in Dealey Plaza

The Parkland Hospital Transcripts

DCA Film

Map of Photographers and Cameramen in Dealey Plaza During the Shooting

Locating Media People (Other than Photographers and Cameramen) in Dealey Plaza

Locating Professional Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza

Locating Amateur Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza

Is Beverly Oliver the Babushka Lady Taking Pictures of the JFK Assassination?

Where are the Original of these Films Taken in Dealey Plaza?

Lost, Missing, Over-Exposed, Unavailable Photos and Films and Dubious Claims

Unidentified Photographers and Cameramen in Dealey Plaza

The Mary Moorman Photos

6th Floor: Photos and films taken inside

The Oswald Films: An Outline

Roger Craig, Deputy Sheriff

Known Amateur Cameramen and Photographers in Dealey Plaza




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