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Photographs and documents, confiscated by the FBI as evidence, from houses where Lee Harvey Oswald was living at the time of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Fifty years later, what can science tell us about the Kennedy assassination — and the investigations that followed? The 1963 murder, in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, was a homicide investigator’s best-case scenario. Yet somehow the JFK assassination became a forensic nightmare, plagued by mishandled evidence, a controversial autopsy and, incredibly, a prime suspect murdered while in police custody before he could be tried — all of it captured on film. Now, NOVA follows a group of experts trying to unravel the lingering mysteries of the assassination: private investigator Josiah Thompson; gunshot wound authority Larry Sturdivan; laser scanning specialist Tony Grissim; medical examiner and forensic neuropathologist Peter Cummings; and firearms experts Lucien and Mike Haag.

Nova: Cold Case JFK, Wednesday at 9 p.m. on PBS 6.

Following Nova: Cold Case

Wednesday at 10 p.m., Secrets of the Dead: “JFK: One PM Central Standard Time” tells the story of two men: one, the president of the United States — shot in Dallas and rushed to Parkland hospital, his fate unknown — the other, respected CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, knowing he had to get the story right amid the uncertainties of that tragic day.

Wednesday at 11 p.m., “Lyndon B. Johnson: Succeeding Kennedy” presents a comprehensive look at the life and legacy of the 36th president. Through interviews with experts and witnesses, and a wealth of iconic and rarely seen archival material, the program explores the policies of the straight-talking Texan unexpectedly thrust into the presidency following John F. Kennedy's assassination.

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