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Shocking new John F. Kennedy assassination footage emerges, throwing an eerie twist on 50th anniversary

Shocking new John F. Kennedy assassination footage emerges

Images of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are never far from mind in Dallas, but a new video attempts to strip away some of the chaos of the tragedy on its 50th anniversary.

Using stabilized Zapruder footage of the actual event, a New Zealand computer graphics engineer has created an HD panoramic video with about 500 frames. The two-minute video sets the scene with images of the crowd at Dealey Plaza and a police escort before the president and first lady drive past the grassy knoll.

Around the 18-second mark, a bullet strikes JFK, and his wife scrambles to the back of the car. Though we know what's going to happen, it's still a chilling scene.

As Gizmodo points out, YouTube user AntdavisonNZ inserts his own computer-generated frames to connect all the scenes together, so it's not an entirely true representation of the assassination. It's eerily real nonetheless.

The world is commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination on this November Friday.

JFK, The University of Texas at Arlington Library
November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library