Please join us as we welcome author and journalist Max Holland to Roosevelt House. Mr. Holland will trace the tangled history of the 26-second Zapruder film, which he argues is not only the most famous, but also the most misunderstood, piece of evidence about the John F. Kennedy assassination.

Max Holland  

Max Holland is a journalist, author, and editor of Washington Decoded, an online publication. He is a contributing editor to The Nation and is a member of the editorial advisory board of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence. He is the author, editor, or co-author of six books, most recently Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat and Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis. His first book, When the Machine Stopped, was named one of the top ten business books of 1989 by Business Week.


  • A Technical Investigation Pertaining to the First Shot Fired in the JFK Assassination (Frank S. DeRonja , MS Engr & Max Holland)

    Following the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, the Warren Commission established that one of the three shots fired in Dealey Plaza missed. By 1979, subsequent investigations determined that the first shot fired was the one that missed. Left unanswered was why the first shot missed and how to explain phenomena associated exclusively with the first shot. A traffic signal assembly, under which the presidential vehicle traveled, could have obstructed the first shot but was never technically examined. Beginning in 2010, this assembly was subjected to a number of forensic examinations, including rifle test firings on exemplars. From these findings, it is concluded that the most reasonable explanation for why Lee Harvey Oswald’s first shot missed is that the bullet struck the mast arm of the signal light and was redirected on its flight path, eventually to a concrete curb where the FBI found evidence of a bullet impact

“The Zapruder Film Reconsidered” – with Max Holland | Posted on November 19th, 2015 | Public Programs