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NOVA: Cold Case JFK

The 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies for decades. Now, 50 years later, what can modern science tell us about the shooting in Dallas—and the investigations that followed? NOVA and a team of foremost experts employ exclusive tests and sophisticated new technology to reconstruct and review the evidence in "Cold Case JFK," premiering on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 on PBS.

The revolver used by Jack Ruby to assassinate Lee Harvey Oswald during a press conference in Dallas following the assassination of President Kennedy. The initials scratched into the surface of the revolver are those of the arresting officer.

The revolver used by Jack Ruby to assassinate Lee Harvey Oswald during a press conference in Dallas following the assassination of President Kennedy. The initials scratched into the surface of the revolver are those of the arresting officer.

Credit: Courtesy of © CORBIS

A Western 38 Special stamp marks a bullet used in forensics tests during the Kennedy assassination investigation. The bullet was submitted as evidence to the House Select Committee in the late 1970s when the investigation was reopened.

A Western 38 Special stamp marks a bullet used in forensics tests during the Kennedy assassination investigation. The bullet was submitted as evidence to the House Select Committee in the late 1970s when the investigation was reopened.

Credit: Courtesy of © CORBIS

Photographs and documents, confiscated by the FBI as evidence, from houses where Lee Harvey Oswald was living at the time of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Photographs and documents, confiscated by the FBI as evidence, from houses where Lee Harvey Oswald was living at the time of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Credit: Courtesy of © CORBIS

Forensic pathologist and neuropathologist Dr. Peter Cummings led a team from Boston University in creating an experimental 3D virtual reconstruction of JFK’s skull for NOVA for the first time ever to help determine the entry point of the gunshot wound to President Kennedy’s head.

Forensic pathologist and neuropathologist Dr. Peter Cummings led a team from Boston University in creating an experimental 3D virtual reconstruction of JFK’s skull for NOVA for the first time ever to help determine the entry point of the gunshot wound to President Kennedy’s head.

Credit: Courtesy of Gregory Mahoney

Forensic pathologist and neuropathologist Dr. Peter Cummings led a team from Boston University in creating an experimental 3D virtual reconstruction of JFK’s skull for NOVA for the first time ever to help determine the entry point of the gunshot wound to President Kennedy’s head.

Forensic pathologist and neuropathologist Dr. Peter Cummings led a team from Boston University in creating an experimental 3D virtual reconstruction of JFK’s skull for NOVA for the first time ever to help determine the entry point of the gunshot wound to President Kennedy’s head.

Credit: Courtesy of Gregory Mahoney

Greg Mahoney, Peter Cummings and James Pokines looking at monitor with image of skull model.

Greg Mahoney, Peter Cummings and James Pokines looking at monitor with image of skull model.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Copies of JFK autopsy photos.

Copies of JFK autopsy photos.

Credit: Courtesy of WGBH

Using 3D laser technology, NOVA creates a virtual scan of the crime scene at Dealey Plaza in Dallas to analyze and measure the multiple trajectories if gunshots were fired from various vantage points--including the Book Depository and the Grassy Knoll.

Using 3D laser technology, NOVA creates a virtual scan of the crime scene at Dealey Plaza in Dallas to analyze and measure the multiple trajectories if gunshots were fired from various vantage points--including the Book Depository and the Grassy Knoll.

Credit: Courtesy of Tony Grissim, Michael Haag, Mike McCormick

President John F. Kennedy's Casket Lying in State.

President John F. Kennedy's Casket Lying in State.

Credit: Courtesy of Courtesy of Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Boston