Since the earliest days of computer modeling, countless 3D artists have painstakingly attempted to realistically recreate the infamous Dealey Plaza, site of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s horrific murder on November 22nd, 1963. These days, anyone can explore Dealey Plaza on Google Earth and Google Street View. Use the image below and have a look around.
3D models of the JFK murder scene have been presented in countless television programs, film documentaries, and publications, often used to explore the possibility or impossibility of the single bullet scenario. The legendary PBS series Nova, was the pioneer in the field, using this wireframe model of the murder scene for their special on the Kennedy assassination.
Most recently, the effects wizards behind the blockbuster comic book adaptation The Watchmen created this eerily accurate composite shot, mixing live elements with a high definition 3D model of Dealey Plaza.
Some 3D artists such Dale Meyers have won Emmies for their recreations of the murder scene.
Others such as the designers of JFK Reloaded, an ill-fated interactive simulation of the assassination, have been driven into obscurity, shunned and shamed by the mainstream media, JFK research community, as well as the Kennedy family itself. The “game” was a challenge to players to recreate the shooting that Oswald was accused of. The player controls the Book Depository Shooter in a fashion similar to violent “First Person Shooters” such as Halo, Doom, or Half-Life.
Countless amateur 3D modelers have taken a crack at recreating Dealey Plaza.
The Google 3D Warehouse has become a place where 3D artists can share their models of Dealey Plaza, and specific buildings within that vicinity. The author of this site was the first to post such a model, which is an artistic “rendering” of the famed plaza.
With each advancement in 3D modeling technology, droves of 3D modelers will surely continue to create recreation after recreation, and computer technology will continue to educate subsequent generations of history students attempting to sort out what happened in Dealey Plaza.