EXT. LUCIEN'S HOUSE, MARSEILLES - DAY

Lucien opens the door of his house and steps outside holding a small flight bag.  A moment later Lucien's wife, MARIE, who is pregnant, and their three kids, between the ages of nine and twelve, come out and surround him.

                                                                 MARIE
                                Lucien, please don't go.  I need you here.  Please.



                                                                 CHILD #1
                                Papa, please stay.  Please.

                                                                 CHILD #2 & #3
                                Please, please.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                                           (exasperated)
                                Why must I go through this every single time I go
                                on a job?  This is what I do.  This is how I make
                                the money to pay for our house and food and everything
                                else we have.  Why do you all make me feel bad when
                                you know I have to go?

                                                                 MARIE
                                We love you and we need you.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                I love you, too.  All of you.
                                                           (he hugs all of them)
                                Now, just let me go and do my job.

                                                                 MARIE
                                When will you be back?

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                                           (shakes his head)
                                I don't know.  Maybe eight weeks.  Maybe ten.
                                Now don't make it any harder for me, just let me
                                go.  And this time when I come back we will all
                                move to a bigger house in the country and we'll
                                be rich, and I'll stay home all the time, okay?

                                                                 MARIE
                                Okay.  Goodbye, my love.  Just make sure you come
                                back.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Oh, I'll come back.

                                                                 KIDS
                                Bye-bye, papa.


Lucien walks away down to the end of the street.  He glances back and his whole family is still out there waving to him.  He waves back, then turns the corner and steps out of sight.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:
EXT. GUATEMALA CITY AIRPORT, GUATEMALA - DAY

An Aero Mexico DC-2 prop plane lands at the Guatemala City Airport in Guatemala, in Central America.  David Ferrie, wearing a straw hat and shorts, steps up and meets Lucien, Andre, and Marcel at the one and only gate.

                                                                 DAVID
                                Gentlemen, I welcome you from Don Marcello,
                                who sends his greetings and his respects.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Thank him for us.

                                                                 DAVID
                                I will.  I hope you had a nice flight.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Yes, it was fine.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                To Mexico City, that is.  But from Mexico City to
                                Guatemala City, oh boy.

                                                                 DAVID
                                Yeah, those old Hercules DC-2s are tough planes to
                                fly, let me tell you that.  But they'll go anywhere.
                                Come on, follow me.

He leads them out of the small terminal.

EXT. WOODED LANDING STRIP - DAY

In an old Land Rover, David Ferrie drives the three Frenchmen to a remote, hidden landing strip somewhere outside Guatemala City, where he has a small, 4-seat Cesna airplane waiting.

                                                                 DAVID
                                I been flyin' Cuban rebels in and outta here for the
                                past couple a years.  Some job, eh?

They all climb aboard the plane, David starts up the engine and they take off into the blue sky.

EXT. DESERT LANDING STRIP - DAY

The plane lands at a remote desert landing strip outside Dallas.  Jack Ruby is waiting in his beat-up 1958 Cadillac.  The three men get into the waiting car and drive off.  The plane takes back off and flies away.

INT. CADILLAC - DAY

Jack shakes Lucien's hand in the front seat.

                                                                 JACK
                                My name's Jack, I'll be your contact here in Dallas.
                                You guys speak English, right?

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Yes, all three of us.

                                                                 JACK
                                Good.  I got you a place a few blocks from where
                                you'll be, uh, doing business, so to speak.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Excellent.

                                                                 JACK
                                I own a couple a strip clubs in town, maybe you'll
                                get a chance to see them.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Thank you, Jack, but I don't think so.  The less people
                                who see us the better.

                                                                 JACK
                                                           (nods)
                                Right.  Good thinking.

Marcel makes the electric window go up and down.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                Nice car.


                                                                 JACK
                                                           (shrugs)
                                You should seen it when I got it the year before last
                                when it was nearly new.  It was immaculate, and I
                                only paid a thousand bucks for it.

EXT. DEALY PLAZA, DALLAS - DAY

Jack drives the three men, all of whom are now smoking, through Dealy Plaza along the route the president's motorcade will be taking.  They pass beneath the book depository building.

                                                                 JACK
                                This is the route the president's motorcade will be
                                taking.  And that's where our sucker works.  Good
                                view down to the street from those windows, huh?

Lucien turns to Marcel.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                That's where you'll be.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                It's a good position.

Jack sniffs the thick smoke in the car and winces.

                                                                 JACK
                                What kind of cigarettes are those, they smell
                                weird.

Marcel pulls out a pack of Gitane Cigarettes.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                They're French.  You want one?

                                                                 JACK
                                No thanks, I don't smoke.

Jack drives slowly up Elm St. past the Grassy Knoll, which is backed by a cement wall and a picket fence, under several large trees.  Lucien points to the Grassy Knoll.


                                                                 LUCIEN
                                I'll be there.  I'm just trying to figure out how to get
                                you-
                                                           (points at Andre)
                                -up on the overpass there.

Jack drives them past the Grassy Knoll and under the triple overpass.

                                                                 ANDRE
                                I'd be out in the open.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                No, you'd be in a car or truck, but maybe not, I'm
                                just thinking, okay?  If you were there it would give
                                us a triangulation and there's really no way we could
                                miss.  But, we may not get that.  We'll see.  We'll
                                work with what we've got.  Marcel and me from front
                                and back might be enough.

                                                                 ANDRE
                                But what about me?

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Don't worry, you'll be with me.

Andre looks disappointed and puffs on his cigarette.  Jack waves his hand in front of his face and grimaces.

                                                                 JACK
                                                           (mumbles)
                                P-U.

EXT. SMALL SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY

Jack pulls up in front of a small, white, utterly nondescript suburban house just a few block from downtown.  There is a white van parked in the driveway. Jack hands Lucien a set of keys and a piece of paper.



                                                                 JACK
                                Everything you need is inside.  Here are the keys to
                                the house and the van, and a number to reach me,
                                which isn't my number, but just ask for me and I'll
                                call you back.  You probably won't see me again,
                                though, so good luck.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Thank you.

The three Frenchmen get out of the car and Jack drives away.  The men step up to the front door, unlock it and go inside.

INT. SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY

The house is pretty much empty except for three army cots, a beat-up wooden table and chairs, and a TV set.  All of the windows have thick curtains.

On top of the table is a four-foot by one-foot wooden box.  Marcel takes out his pocket knife and pries the box open.  Inside are three brand-new Mauser rifles with scopes and several boxes of shells.  Marcel shrugs.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                They're brand-new.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                That's what I asked for, three new Mausers with
                                scopes.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                But they've never been fired.  Can we trust them?

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                We have to.  They're Mausers.  We'll just have to
                                put our faith in Nazi ingenuity.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                                           (sighs)
                                They were ingenious sons of bitches, I'll give 'em
                                that.

They look around and see hanging on hooks are a policeman uniform, a railroad worker outfit, and a custodian's outfit.

They open the refrigerator and find it full.  They each open a bottle of beer, toast each other.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                To Nazi ingenuity.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                And good weather.  If they have the convertible
                                top up, or that plastic shield on, it's all off.

                                                                 ANDRE
                                Then to good weather.

They all drink.
                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

A title reads: "November 22, 1963, 8:30 AM, Forth Worth Airport."

EXT. FORT WORTH, TEXAS AIRPORT - DAY (STOCK SHOT)

The presidential jet, Air Force One, lands at the Fort Worth Airport where it is gray and raining, but there's still a large crowd waiting to cheer John and Jackie as they step off the plane.

EXT. STREETS OF FORT WORTH - DAY (STOCK SHOT)

The presidential motorcade drives through the rainy streets of downtown Fort Worth, where people have lined up in spite of the weather.  And even though it is raining, John and Jackie smile and wave at the crowd with the convertible top down and no plastic covering.

EXT. LEE HARVEY OSWALD'S ROOMING HOUSE - DAY

This is a small rooming house at 1026 North Beckley, in the lower-middle class Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas.  A man in a car across the street wearing SUNGLASSES sits looking at the house.  He sees a Dallas Taxi Cab pull up in front of the rooming house and honk its horn.

INT. LEE'S ROOM - DAY

Lee Oswald is finishing getting dressed for work.  He lives alone.  The room is a mess, with copies of The Daily Worker and The Militant newspapers strewn all over the place, as well as dirty dishes and dirty laundry.  He wears khaki work pants, black work shoes, a white button-up shirt, and a khaki windbreaker.  He suddenly picks up the receiver of the telephone and dials.


                                                                 LEE
                                Hello, Marina?  Yeah, it's Lee, who do you think
                                it is?  I wanna see the kids after work.  Just for a
                                minute, okay?
                                                           (the taxi's horn honks again)
                                Just for a minute and I won't stay long, okay?  Look,
                                I gotta go, the taxi's here.  Bye.

Lee hangs up.  He takes a .38 snub-nose pistol out of a drawer and puts it into an inside pocket of his jacket.  He then takes his brown bag lunch and a hardcover book, "The Guns of August," and leaves.

EXT. LEE HARVEY OSWALD'S ROOMING HOUSE - DAY

Lee comes out the side door of the house, gets in the taxi and they drive away.  A moment later the man in the car wearing sunglasses pulls forward until he's directly in front of the rooming house.

INT. LEE'S ROOM - DAY

The man with the sunglasses breaks into Lee's room.  He is wearing gloves and goes straight to the closet where he pulls out Lee's 6.5 caliber Mannlicher-Carcano carbine with a loose scope and a "Fair Play for Cuba" button on the leather strap.  The man has a thin blanket under his arm, which he snaps open, wraps around the rifle, then quickly leaves.

EXT. SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY

The man with the sunglasses pulls up in front of the suburban house where the three Frenchmen are staying.  He hastily gets out of the car while holding a long cardboard box and goes to the front door.  He sets the box against the door, rings the bell, turns and leaves.  When the door knob turns the car is already driving away.  Lucien, who is in his shorts, opens the door and the box falls inside.  He quickly shuts the door.

INT. SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY

Lucien opens the box and finds Oswald's rifle and a plastic bag of shell casings. Marcel and Andre step up in their shorts.  Without touching anything, Lucien sticks his nose to the chamber of the rifle and sniffs.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Just fired.  Good.  Everything is on.


He hands Marcel the bag of shells.  Marcel puts them in his boxer shorts and they fall right out the leg onto the floor.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                Okay, I'm all set.

Lucien and Andre laugh and shake their heads.

                                                                 MARCEL
                                                           (dead-pan)
                                What?

INT. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING, FORT WORTH - DAY (STOCK SHOT)

A title reads, "10:00 AM, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce meeting."

John and Jackie Kennedy are attending a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Fort Worth, where it's still raining.  Jackie is wearing a pink suit with a pink pillbox hat.

The MAYOR of Fort Worth, who stands at the podium, hands John Kennedy a white cowboy hat.

                                                                 MAYOR
                                We couldn't let you leave Fort Worth without
                                providing you with some protection against the
                                rain.

The audience laughs.

John Kennedy stands, takes the cowboy hat, but doesn't put it on.

                                                                 JFK
                                I'll put it on in the, uh, White House on Monday
                                if you'll come up you'll have a chance to see it
                                there.

The audience laughs again.  JFK waves and smiles, sits down beside Jackie and sets the hat on the table.

INT. BOOK DEPOSITORY - DAY

Lee Oswald hauls boxes of books on a dolly around the large book warehouse.  It's just another day as far as he's concerned.  As he passes the windows he glances outside and can see people lining up on the streets holding cameras.  A title reads: "10:30 AM."

EXT. CARLOS MARCELLO'S HOUSE - DAY

Sal Marcello has a plantation-style house in New Orleans, with thugs wandering the grounds. 
A 1963 Cadillac drives up and parks in front of the house.  Sal, looking resplendent in a new dark suit, comes out the door and gets in the car.  A title reads: "10:40 AM."

INT. CADILLAC - DAY

Waiting for Sal in the backseat of the car is David Ferrie.  The car pulls away.

                                                                 SAL
                                Morning, David.

                                                                 DAVID
                                Morning, Sal.  Very sharp suit.

                                                                 SAL
                                Thanks.  It's new.  Five hundred dollars.

                                                                 DAVID
                                Looks good.  How you feelin' today?

                                                                 SAL
                                How should I be feelin'?

                                                                 DAVID
                                I think you should be feelin' good.  I think today
                                everything's gonna go your way today, Sal.

                                                                 SAL
                                As my mother, God rest her soul, used to say in
                                Italian, "From your mouth to God's ears."

EXT. FORT WORTH AIRPORT - DAY (STOCK SHOT)

John and Jackie Kennedy get back on the presidential airplane, waving at the crowd.  The plane taxies away from the terminal, goes down the runway and takes off into the gray rainy sky.  A title reads: "10:50 AM."

INT. SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY


Lucien sits at the table in his shorts.  He has a little vice clamped to the edge of the table.  In the vice is a 9mm bullet. Lucien is using a small, hand-powered drill to drill a hole into the lead of the bullet.  A squiggle of lead comes out of the hole as he drills deeper.  Marcel and Andre both stand there in their boxer shorts watching and smoking cigarettes.  Lucien takes a glass vial out of his bag.  It has an eye-dropper in the end.  He holds it up to the other guys.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Mercury.

Lucien fills the eye-dropper with mercury.  He brings the eye-dropper to the hollowed-out bullet head and fills it with mercury.  He then drips one tiny drop of solder into the hole, sealing it.

                                                                 ANDRE
                                What's he doing?

                                                                 MARCEL
                                Making an exploding bullet.
                                                           (to Lucien)
                                Only one, maestro?

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                                           (nods)
                                Yes.  Only one.  If I need a second one from my
                                position, then it's too late and I've already failed.

He takes the bullet out of the vice.  He unclamps the little vice from the table and puts it back in his bag.  He unplugs the soldering iron, then looks at his watch and sees that it's 11:00.  He stands.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Eleven A.M.  Let's get moving.

They all start moving.

EXT. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, D.C. - DAY

We see the imposing structure of the U.S. Justice Department building in Washington, D.C.  A title reads: 11:30 AM."

INT. HALLWAY, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT - DAY

Stenciled on a frosted glass door of an office is "Justice Department: Organized Crime Unit."


INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY

Sitting at the end of the conference table is a 35-year old man, handsome, very pushy, with a distinct Boston accent.  A subtitle reads: "ROBERT F. KENNEDY, Attorney-General of the United States."  Seated around the conference table are six young, white, male attorneys, as well as two women.  Robert Kennedy holds a file that he's looking at.

                                                                 RFK
                                All right, people.  Since we have managed to get
                                Carlos Marcello, head of the New Orleans and
                                Texas mobs, into federal court and a verdict ought
                                be coming down today, and I have no doubt that he'll
                                get at least ten years, it's time for us to move up the
                                list to the man at the very top, Sam Giancana, also
                                known as "Mooney" and "Momo," head of the Chicago
                                mob, and very possibly the most powerful mob boss
                                in the world today.  We are going to go after Mr.
                                Giancana with everything we have, and we are going
                                to bring him down.  The mob or mafia is America's
                                enemy within.  It's a cancer in the body politic, and
                                I'm going to have it out.  Now, are there any questions?

All of the attorneys at the table look slightly horrified, glancing back and forth at one another.  There are several loud coughs, and a lot of paper shuffling.

                                                                 RFK
                                I sense a certain, uh, reticence.  Would someone
                                mind explaining this to me.

Finally, one young, white, male attorney, ROSENBLATT, hesitantly raises his hand.  Kennedy points him.

                                                                 RFK
                                Yes, Mr. Rosenblatt.

                                                                 ROSENBLATT
                                Don't you think there might be some level of, uh,
                                conflict of interest going after Giancana?

                                                                 RFK
                                In what way?

All the attorneys all look at each other again.

                                                                 ROSENBLATT
                                Well . . . Regarding the president.

                                                                 RFK
                                What do you mean?  Speak up.

                                                                 ROSENBLATT
                                                           (sighs)
                                Well . . . Sam Giancana had quite a bit to do with
                                the president getting elected. Particularly in Illinois
                                and West Virginia.

                                                                 RFK
                                                           (blithely)
                                That doesn't matter to me. Anything else?

One of the female lawyers, MISS SMITH, raises her hand.  Robert points at her.

                                                                 RFK
                                Yes?

                                                                 MISS SMITH
                                There's also the fact that the president and Sam
                                Giancana were both, uh, seeing the same woman,
                                Judith Campbell, for nearly two years.

                                                                 RFK
                                                           (nods)
                                Yes, well, that's all over now.

                                                                 MISS SMITH
                                Yes, but it still might come out.

                                                                 RFK
                                I'll handle that.  Anything else?

Another white, male lawyer, HARRIS, raises his hand.

                                                                 RFK
                                Yes, Mr. Harris?


                                                                 HARRIS
                                There's also the Rat Pack connection between the
                                president and Sam Giancana.  Both the president
                                and Giancana spend a lot of time in Las Vegas and
                                Palm Springs with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and
                                the rest.

                                                                 RFK
                                The, uh, president will not be spending anymore
                                time at Frank Sinatra's house, I've taken care of
                                that, too.  Now, if there are no other objections,
                                I'd like to break for lunch, then when we return we
                                will begin constructing our case against Sam Giancana.
                                I'd like everyone back here by two o'clock.  Thank
                                you very much.

Everyone stands. RFK leaves, then everyone else turns and looks at each other with quizzical, perplexed expressions.

INT. U.S. DISTRICT COURT OF NEW ORLEANS - DAY

The U.S. District Court of New Orleans is in session.  Sitting at the defendant's table is Carlos Marcello, his lawyer, and David Ferrie.  The JUDGE speaks.

                                                                 JUDGE
                                In the case of the United States Government vs.
                                Carlos Marcello, accused of conspiracy, racketeering,
                                gambling, prostitution, bribery, and murder, how do
                                you the jury find the defendant?

The HEAD JUROR, a white, middle-aged male in a dark suit and black-rimmed glasses, stands and speaks.

                                                                 HEAD JUROR
                                We, the jury, in the case of the U.S. Government
                                vs. Carlos Marcello, find the defendant not guilty
                                on all charges and move for an acquittal.

                                                                 JUDGE
                                The defendant is acquitted of all charges against
                                him.

The Judge bangs his gavel.

Marcello and his lawyer shake hands.  David Ferrie gives Sal a hug.

                                                                 DAVID
                                We did it.

                                                                 SAL
                                Yeah, that was a hundred grand well spent.  Now
                                Bobby Kennedy can go fuck himself.

                                                                 DAVID
                                Yeah, so can his brother.

Sal and David both exchange a knowing glance, then both of them look at their watches-it's 11:45 AM.

EXT. SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY

Andre, wearing a railroad worker's outfit and hard hat, comes out the front door.  He opens the garage door, then gets into the white van and backs into the garage.  Once inside, Andre gets out of the van and closes the garage door.

INT. GARAGE - DAY

Lucien, who is now dressed as a Dallas policeman, and Marcel, who is dressed as a custodian, load the three Mauser rifles into the van.  They roll them in blankets, then put them in a box, then put some other boxes on top of it.

EXT. LOVE FIELD AIRPORT, DALLAS - DAY (STOCK SHOTS)

It's a sunny and beautiful day in Dallas.  Air Force One lands at Love Field Airport where a very big crowd awaits them.  John and Jackie come down the steps out of the plane waving and smiling.  Right behind them are Governor Connally and his wife, also waving and smiling.  A title reads: "Love Field Airport, Dallas, 12:00 Noon."

Among the crowd of people at the airport is Jack Ruby, standing beside a pay phone.  He goes to put a dime into the phone and is shaking so badly he drops it.  He looks around, quickly picks up the dime, puts it in the slot and dials the phone.

INT. SUBURBAN HOUSE - DAY

The phone rings.  Lucien dressed as a cop answers it.  Jack Ruby's voice says . . .



                                                                 JACK (O.S.)
                                He's here.

Lucien hangs up the phone.  He looks at the other two and nods.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                He's here.

They both sigh and nod back.

EXT. THE CAROUSEL CLUB - DAY

Jack pulls up in front of his club in his old Cadillac, a cigarette dangling out of his mouth.  He gets out of the car and just stands there for a minute with his hat in his hand.  He sighs and shakes his head, mumbling to himself.

                                                                 JACK
                                What the fuck am I doing?

Jack goes inside.

INT. CAROUSEL CLUB - DAY

Several black men are busily cleaning the club, which is still a mess from last night.  Jack steps up to the bar and asks the middle-aged BARTENDER . . .

                                                                 JACK
                                When did the secret service guys finally leave?

                                                                 BARTENDER
                                Not 'til after five, and they were loaded.  You give
                                those guys free drinks all night and they take advantage
                                of it.

                                                                 JACK
                                                           (nods)
                                Yeah, so do the cops.

                                                                 BARTENDER
                                You want me to keep giving all cops and secret
                                service guys double shots in every drink?



                                                                 JACK
                                                           (shakes his head)
                                Naw, you can stop that.

Jack starts to leave.

                                                                 BARTENDER
                                You goin' home?

                                                                 JACK
                                Yeah, I'm goin' home.  I'm gonna go take a swim.

                                                                 BARTENDER
                                Well, swim a lap for me.  See ya tonight.

                                                                 JACK
                                Yeah.  Oh, give me some dimes, will ya?

The Bartender goes to the cash register and opens it.

                                                                 BARTENDER
                                What'dya need dimes for?

                                                                 JACK
                                                           (impatient)
                                Just give 'em to me.

The Bartender gives him a handful of dimes.  Jack puts them in his coat pocket.  As Jack leaves the club he takes a little plastic bag out of his pocket that contains one single lead bullet head.  Jack sighs, puts the bag back in his pocket, then checks his watch-12:10.

INT. VAN - DAY

Andre sits at the wheel of the van which is still parked in the garage, but the garage door is open. 
All three men smoke cigarettes.  Lucien looks at his watch-12:15.

                                                                 LUCIEN
                                Go.

Andre pulls the van out of the garage, down the driveway and up the street.


EXT. DALLAS STREETS - DAY (STOCK SHOTS)

John and Jackie's motorcade makes it's way through the crowded, sunny street of Dallas.  There's a big turn-out, and everyone is showing their enthusiastic support.  People solidly line both sides of the street.  John and Jackie look happy and pleased, waving and smiling.  Also in the car with John and Jackie are Governor and Mrs. Connally.

In the car behind the president is Vice-president Lyndon Johnson, his wife, Lady Bird, and Senator and Mrs. Yarborough.

EXT. THE BOOK DEPOSITORY - DAY

There is a crowd of expectant people gathered in front of the book depository, many holding cameras, awaiting the president's arrival.

EXT. ALLEY BEHIND BOOK DEPOSITORY - DAY

The white van with Andre driving stops in the alley behind the book depository.  The side door opens and Marcel gets out holding a four-foot-tall box marked "Books."  He and Lucien and Andre all exchange a look, nod, and Lucien closes the van door.  The van drives away and Marcel with his box heads into the back door of the book depository.

INT. BOOK DEPOSITORY/ LOBBY - DAY

Marcel comes in the back door and crosses the lobby.  There are many people crowded into the doorway of the book depository, all expectantly facing out to the street.  Marcel crosses behind them and goes straight to the stairway with the box blocking his face.  No one sees him and he starts up the stairs.

INT. BOOK DEPOSITORY/ SECOND-FLOOR - DAY

Lee Oswald sits in the book depository dining room by himself eating lunch and reading his book.  He's the only one there.  He hears footsteps on the stairs and glances over.  Lee sees a guy go by with a box marked "Books," but pays no attention and returns to his reading.

INT. BOOK DEPOSITORY/ SIXTH-FLOOR - DAY

Marcel arrives on the sixth-floor, crosses to the farthest windows in the south-east corner, and sets down his box, which he immediately opens.  He puts on a pair of thin leather gloves, then he removes Lee's Italian carbine rifle and scope with the "Fair Play for Cuba" button on the strap.  Marcel looks around, then takes a few steps and sets it off to his left, near the wall, and behind some boxes.


Marcel then sets up beside the last window, though keeping himself hidden behind the wall.  He gets down on his knees, then reaches into his pocket and removes the plastic bag containing the three spent shell casings.  He sets the bag of shells on the windowsill.

Marcel reaches out with his gloved hand and very slowly opens the window up to half way.

EXT. THE BOOK DEPOSITORY - DAY

From outside we can see the window slowly opening on top floor and far right side of the book depository.  As our view widens we can see the book depository's position on Elm St., where many people stand waiting, cameras in hand, all peering to the right.

EXT. RAILROAD YARD PARKING LOT - DAY

Andre pulls the white van into the railroad yard parking lot, directly behind the Grassy Knoll.  As he pulls in he sees a secret service man in a dark suit, sunglasses and a walkie talkie leaning against a cement post near the overpass, obviously hung-over.  The secret service man doesn't even notice the van pull in.

Andre drives the van across the lot and parks under a big tree beside a wooden picket fence which is against a brick wall.

INT. BOOK DEPOSITORY/ SIXTH-FLOOR - DAY

Marcel takes his Mauser rifle and scope out of the box and sets it flat on the floor.  He pushes the safety latch so it's armed and ready to fire.  Marcel looks out the half open window and there are quite a lot of people out on the street with their cameras, anxiously waiting.

EXT. DALLAS STREETS - DAY (STOCK SHOTS)

John and Jackie's motorcade continues to snake it's way through the crowded streets of Dallas.  People still line both sides of the street.  John and Jackie keep waving and smiling.  A title reads: "12:25 PM."

EXT. RAILROAD YARD PARKING LOT - DAY

Andre gets out of the van, circles all the way around to make sure it's clear, then opens the side door.  Lucien steps out dressed as a Dallas cop, with sunglasses.  Lucien walks deliberately to the picket fence and looks over it, past the Grassy Knoll, to Dealy Plaza.



EXT. GRASSY KNOLL - DAY

We can see Lucien's face peering over the picket fence.  Lucien sees a middle-aged man with a movie camera standing on a cement embankment with a younger woman holding onto his coat.  A subtitle reads: "ABRAHAM ZAPRUDER, eyewitness and cameraman."  With him is his secretary, MARILYN SITSMAN.

Lucien also sees another man to his right in a military uniform with a movie camera, plus many other people strewn around the Grassy Knoll, as well as on the other side of Elm St. facing back toward him.

EXT. RAILROAD YARD PARKING LOT - DAY

Lucien turns around, then scrutinizes the railroad yard parking lot.  There are a few people wandering around, and there appears to be a watchman in a tower across the lot.  Lucien glances at Andre, who is standing at the open door of the van.  They exchange a lift of the eyebrows.  Lucien looks at his watch --12:27.

EXT. PARKLAND HOSPITAL - DAY

Jack Ruby pulls up across the street from Parkland Hospital.  Not much is happening, it's pretty quiet.  Jack lights one cigarette off another and takes several deep puffs.  He looks down at the lead bullet in the little plastic bag in his hand.  He puts the bag in his coat pocket.  Jack opens the door, puts on his gray hat, and heads into the hospital while puffing away on his cigarette.

EXT. DEALY PLAZA - DAY (STOCK SHOTS)

President Kennedy's motorcade enters the east side of Dealy Plaza, makes a hard right turn to go around the bottom of the plaza, slowing all of the cars down to less than 20 miles-per-hour.

The crowd all around Dealy Plaza becomes excited and begins turning around and taking pictures.  A title reads: "12:30 PM."

INT. BOOK DEPOSITORY/ SIXTH-FLOOR - DAY

Marcel sees the presidential motorcade enter the plaza, coming toward him up Elm St.  He picks his rifle up off the floor and rests it on his lap.  He takes a deep breath.

EXT. RAILROAD YARD PARKING LOT - DAY

Lucien turns from the fence and nods to Andre at the van.  Andre reaches into the van and removes the Mauser rifle, which he places flat up against the front of his body as he walks quickly over to Lucien at the fence.

At the picket fence Andre hands Lucien the rifle, then stands right up beside him.  Lucien places the rifle upright between himself and the fence.

They both look over the fence into the plaza.

EXT. GRASSY KNOLL - DAY

Abraham Zapruder begins to roll film with his secretary Marilyn holding onto the back of his coat for support.  Everyone else with a camera raises it up to their eye to be ready.

ZAPRUDER FILM - EXTREME SLOW-MOTION (STOCK)

President Kennedy's motorcade turns left in front of the book depository and begins heading north on Elm St.

INT. BOOK DEPOSITORY/ SIXTH-FLOOR - DAY

Marcel raises his rifle and sights in on President John Kennedy.  The smiling, waving president enters the cross-hairs of Marcel's scope.  Marcel inhales deeply and holds it.

EXT. RAILROAD YARD PARKING LOT - DAY

Lucien raises the rifle and sights in on the empty stretch of Elm St. in front of him.  Andre glances all around behind them making sure all is clear.

INT. BOOK DEPOSITORY/ SIXTH-FLOOR - DAY

Marcel watches John and Jackie and Governor and Mrs. Connally complete the hairpin turn through the cross-hairs of his scope, and when their speed has dropped to about 10 miles-per-hour, Marcel's finger pulls the trigger.

In extreme slow-motion the bullet fires out the end of the barrel of the rifle . . .

We see the bullet travel through the air, across Dealy Plaza . . .

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