Kennedy birthday puts local man on silver screen

Kennedy birthday puts local man on silver screen

Southeast Texas veteran lawman Zack Shelton will be on cinema screens nationwide as the movie documentary “I Killed JFK,” featuring Shelton and other President John F. Kennedy assassination experts, is set to air for a limited time in select theaters in honor of Kennedy’s 100th birthday. Locally, the movie will be shown at Port Arthur Central Mall 10 on Wednesday, May 31, with showtimes of 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Port Arthur Central Mall 10, and at bbtheatres.com.

Produced by Barry Katz and written and directed by Denis Mueller, “I Killed JFK” focuses on the “world’s greatest unsolved murder case,” according to information warehoused on the documentary’s website ikilledjfk.com. The four-year project “features two interviews with the only living person to have ever confessed to killing President John F. Kennedy from the now infamous ‘Grassy Knoll’ in Dallas,” trailer info further details, and the finished product promises to feature never before seen, recently found, rare footage and in-depth testimony from 20 different experts and historians.

There has been great debate over who actually shot Kennedy ever since Nov. 22, 1963, shortly after the president was assassinated as he rode down a Texas street with his wife at his side. The history books note that lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald took the life of the U.S. leader, but evidence said to be previously unavailable to the worldwide public prior to the release of “I Killed JFK” may bring that long-held belief up for re-examination.

Former Beaumont FBI agent Shelton has gathered his own evidence over the years that leads him to believe the full story of what really happened when Kennedy was shot has yet to be widely told.

“I investigated it, and I came across some information when I worked in Chicago in the ’70s and ’80s,” Shelton said. After entering retirement in 1998, he was able to devote more time to pursuing the truth. The product of his sleuthing was also made into its own documentary, “The Grassy Knoll.”

“I don’t think there’ll ever be an official reopening of the Kennedy assassination,” Shelton said, but information he has compiled would be a good start if anyone ever wanted to. “It’s something that will be talked about all through the history books – and there will always be a question mark on it.”

Shelton was asked to provide insight for an expert panel discussion filmed in connection with “I Killed JFK.” Other panel speakers include Judyth Vary Baker, Oswald’s rumored mistress; Gordon Ferrie, U.S. government, intelligence, and national security expert; Barr McClellan, author of the book “Blood, Money, and Power”; and Jim Marrs, a 1963 Dallas journalist and author of the New York Times best seller “Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy,” which was a basis for Oliver Stone’s film “JFK.”

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