Gayle Nix Jackson filed a lawsuit in federal court Nov. 21 which calls for the return of the original film taken by her grandfather on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Orville Nix was working as an engineer in the Santa Fe building on Nov. 22, 1963 and filmed the shooting from a position near Elm and Houston streets, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Nix’s film has long been considered a significant piece of evidence related to the JFK investigation. It was second only in importance to the so-called Zapruder film.
A copy of the Nix film was made and can be seen in the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza.
Nix Jackson alleges the original was different, and is demanding $10 million from the U.S. government if it is not returned to her.
“Although copies were made, the U.S. government had the original Nix film in its possession on at least several occasions, from the time it was handed over to the FBI in December 1963; then used by the Warren Commission’s investigation an [sic] report; and again before the House Select Committee on Assassinations, headed by G. Robert Blakey, that had last possession of it in 1978,” the lawsuit reads, according to the Morning News.
Nix Jackson's 2014 book, "Orville Nix: The Missing JFK Assassination Film" which suggested there may be new information on the original.
“This action seeks the return of the original Nix film that would provide an opportunity for researchers and others to examine the JFK assassination and grassy knoll area to confirm the Warren Commission or HSCA findings,” the suit continues.
Nix Jackson told The Associated Press she found it incomprehensible that the government had lost “an important piece of historical evidence.”
One of the long-running suspicions voiced about the JFK assassination is that a second gunman was on the “grassy knoll,” from where some witnesses claim they heard a shot. This would mean Lee Harvey Oswald was not a lone gunman.
But others doubt the Nix original will reveal anything new.
“That version of the film has been studied countless times and doesn’t reveal a gunman on the grassy knoll,” said Farris Rookstool III, a former FBI analyst who became an expert on the JFK murder, according to the Morning News.