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Forensic Ballistics Evidence: JFK Cold Case Video Guide

Forensic Firearms and Ballistics Evidence in real life! Nova Cold Case JFK is a great one-hour documentary that looks at and tests the ballistics evidence of the Kennedy Assassination.



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Forensic Firearms and Ballistics Evidence in real life! Nova Cold Case JFK is a great one-hour documentary that looks at and tests the ballistics evidence of the Kennedy Assassination. I typically show this to my students after they have learned about Ballistics Evidence.

This forensic firearms resource is a video guide

The student sheet organizes the documentary into sections…

  • The Event: A timeline of what happened
  • Gun and Ammunition: It was unique!
  • The Shooter: Who he was, and what happened to him before he could stand trial, leading the public to believe there was a conspiracy!
  • The Commission: Its purpose and findings.
  • Autopsy: What went wrong.
  • Zapruder Film: Analyzing the film. How many shots were fired? Could the shots be fired that fast by the gun that was used? Were two gunmen involved, or just one?
  • Ballistics Tests: Conducted by Forensic Ballistics experts with the same type of gun and ammunition used in the assassination.
  • Explaining the Head Shot: Kennedy’s head went backwards, how could this have happened if he got hit in the back of the head? A look back at the autopsy photos and reconstructing what happened.


Resource includes a FULL ANSWER KEY!

Click HERE to see the JFK Cold Case documentary FREE on Internet Archive. The documentary can also be found on YouTube HERE.

Click to see a preview of the Forensic Firearms JFK Case Study video guide.

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Here are what some Happy Teachers have to say about this JFK Case Study video guide in our Teachers Pay Teachers store:

Nice resource for students in our ballistics unit.             – Bit Kai H.                   January 23, 2023

Great sub activity for my students, they were very interested and the questions were engaging.           – Crystal K.     October 1, 2021

We did this as a “closure” to ballistics. Worked great with in-class and online students.           – Barbara B.         April 27, 2021

My students really liked this resource as an “alternate assignment” they were given while quarantined.               – Savannah H.             May 28, 2021


More Ballistics Resources:

  • Teach your students Forensic Ballistics Evidence with this NO PREP resource. Students can complete their ballistics notes independently, or through class lecture – or both! 28 Slides, 5 pages of notes, and 10 question review.
  • Solve a Murder Case! A fun Ballistics Evidence Activity for your students! Can they use their skills to solve the murder of Dillian Dollar? Focuses on bullet striations evidence!
  • The Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman Case Study walks students through the gunshot residue evidence presented by the forensic firearm expert and the pathologist at the Zimmerman trial.
  • Bullet Trajectory Learn and Do! Students learn how to analyze and measure bullet holes to determine the angle of trajectory. Resource includes Google Slides, guided notes, a digital activity and a hands on activity!
  • The JFK Cold Case video guide is no-prep, print and go! Perfect for a substitute. The video is an hour long and covers information about the gun, ammunition, trajectory, and autopsy evidence from the Kennedy assisination. Is the JFK assisination the work of a conspiracy? Ballistics experts test fire the gun to find out!
  • Ballistics Review game! No prep, fun and quirky game that doubles as a study guide!
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The Ballistics Bundle has everything you need to teach Forensic Firearm Evidence! The bundle includes interactive Google Slides, guided notes, sets of review questions, digital activities, a hands-on activity, two case studies and an assessment. Many of the resources can be completed by students independently, no direct instruction required. All parts, except for the hands-on activity, are no-prep and ready to go!
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