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Santilli Comments On 'Tent Footage'

From: Philip Mantle <el51@dial.pipex.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 00:13:58 +0000
Fwd Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 10:08:28 -0400
Subject: Santilli Comments On 'Tent Footage'

The following is from Ray Santilli:


THE TENT FOOTAGE

Philip Mantel has informed me that he has secured an interview
from someone claiming to have information regarding the "Tent
Footage".

As a great deal has been made of the so called "Tent Footage" I
would like to clarify the situation and place the following on
record:

The Tent Footage was the first film material I collected from
the cameraman, it was in the form of 16mm film and in very poor
condition. I brought it back to England and asked a studio
facility in Buckinghamshire to retrieve whatever image they
could from it. A few weeks after delivery the Studio presented
me with the film which has become known as the ""Tent Footage" I
was told that this was all that could be retrieved from the
film.

I had informed the cameraman by telephone that we were able to
retrieve some image and indeed showed the film to Philip Mantel
and other interested parties.

I returned to the States later to collect the main film and
showed the "Tent Footage" on VHS to the cameraman. At this point
he stated that he DID NOT remember either the image being
portrayed or the style in which it had been filmed. I was
concerned but collected the remaining film (which was in far
better condition) and returned to the United Kingdom.

Upon my return I contacted the studio to find out more about the
images from the "Tent Footage".  I got the impression that as a
joke the film had been interfered with, but nobody was owning
up. This meant that with regard to the "Tent Footage" I was
uncertain as to what was real and what was not, and if the film
had been interfered with, I could not use it. THIS IS WHY I
COMPLETLY PULLED BACK FROM USING THE FILM.

As a result I INFORMED ALL PARTIES that had come into contact
with the Tent Footage (and I am sure they will confirm this)
that I was NOT CONFIDENT with regard to the Tent Footage and
further that it should NOT be used in conjunction with the
autopsy film, this instruction went to all broadcasters
including Fox (Kiviat).

Indeed when Kiviat wanted to use the Tent Footage for a
subsequent program I was totally against it. However he still
wished to use it and to that end he provided me with a written
disclaimer dated NOVEMBER 1995 which was to be used during the
broadcast. In the end I won the point and the film was not used.
The situation regarding the Tent Footage was known to all, it
was not appropriate to use as it may have been interfered with.

It was the only thing I could do, as I did not want it to
compromise the main autopsy film.

I believe I did the responsible thing in removing the "Tent
Footage" from circulation at the very beginning.

My position regarding the Autopsy film and the reels recovered
remains unchanged. Any discussion regarding the Tent Footage is
completely irrelevant. I DID NOT USE THAT STUDIO AGAIN, AND
NEITHER THE STUDIO OR ANYONE ASSOCIATED WITH THE STUDIO HAD
ANYTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH THE AUTOPSY FILM.

THE AUTOPSY FILM IS WHAT IT IS, AND NOTHING WILL CHANGE THAT.



Ray Santilli




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