289 “The Gordon Arnold film”
GORDON L. ARNOLD, the former Dallas soldier, said he was stopped by a man wearing a light colored suit
as he was walking behind the fence on top of the grassy knoll minutes before the assassination.
Arnold, now an investigator for the Dallas Department of Consumer Affairs, was not called by the Warren
Commission and has not been interviewed by the House Assassinations Committee. Arnold said he was
moving toward the railroad bridge over the triple underpass to take movie film of the presidential
motorcade when "this guy just walked towards me and said that I shouldn't be up there."
Arnold challenged the man's authority, he said, and the man "showed me a badge and said he was with the
Secret Service and that he didn't want anybody up there."
Arnold then retreated to the front of the picket fence high up on the grassy knoll just to the west of the
pergola on the north side of Elm Street. As the presidential limousine came down Elm toward the triple underpass.
Arnold stood on a mound of fresh dirt and started rolling his film. He said he "felt" the first shot come from behind
him, only inches over his left shoulder, he said. "I had just gotten out of basic training," Arnold said. "In my mind
live ammunition was being fired. It was being fired over my head. And I hit the dirt."
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His prone position, under the shade of a tree, may have locked away his story for 15 years as the Warren
Commission and later other assassination researchers scanned photographs and movie footage of Dealey Plaza
for witnesses to the shooting.
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"The next thing I knew someone was kicking my butt and telling me to get up," Arnold said. "It was a policeman
and I told him to go jump in the river. And then this other guy — a policeman — comes up with a shotgun and he
was crying and that thing was waving back and forth. I said you can have everything I've got. Just point it
Arnold took his film~ from the canister and threw it to the policeman. "It wasn't worth three dollars and
something to be shot. All I wanted them to do was to take that blooming picture (film) and get out of there, just let
That shotgun and the guy crying over there was enough to unnerve me for anything." Two days later. Arnold was on
a plane reporting for duty at Fort Wainwright in Alaska. He hadn't given police in Dealey Plaza his name and never
told his story to authorities "because I heard after that there were a lot of people making claims about pictures and
stuff and they were dying sort of peculiarly. I just said. well, the devil with it, forget it. Besides, I couldn't claim my
pictures anyway; how did I know what were mine?"
(SS ' imposters' spotted by JFK witnesses
, EARL GOLZ, Dallas Morning News, August 27, 1978)
Talk about fairy tales.