The Bystander Theory (2013) Script

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>> Mrs. Kennedy is said to have placed her wedding ring on her husband's finger before asking a priest to join her in prayer.

Lyndon Johnson, who took the oath of office less than two hours after President Kennedy's death, now becomes America's 36th president.

\"I'll do my best,\" he said.

\"That's all I can do.\"

\"I ask your help, and God's.\"

>> I don't know what to do.

I think he may have done something terrible.

>> --from which the shots that killed the President were fired.

Oswald, who is also accused--

>> How can all this be happening?

>> And authorities have named no other suspects at this time.

Tomorrow, President Kennedy's body will be moved to--

>> I love you.

Something's happened, hasn't it?

Benjamin, speak to me.

What have you done?


I will never speak of it.

Not to anyone.

Damn it, answer me!

He was a good man.

You tell me what you did!

>> I know.

I know.

Well, I forgot.

Look, I'll be home in a bit, okay.

I will.

Love you too.

>> Here you go, Brian.

I hope that helps.

>> If husbands weren't constantly in the doghouse, would there really be a need for flower shops?

>> Thank goodness we'll never know the answer to that

\"what if.\"

See you soon.

>> Thanks.

>> Put it on your tab?

>> Yeah.

>> Hey, Sheils?

>> You outta here?

>> Look, I got a ton to do this afternoon.

Sure you don't mind closing?

>> No prob, go.

>> Thanks, you're a dear

>> Oh, here's the mail.

Just a bunch of bills.

>> You know, you could surprise me with something different every once in a while.

>> There's one from a lawyer that looks kind of scary.

>> Look, I know it's been kinda slow lately, but hang in there, please.

I could not run this place without you.


>> Liz, are you kidding?

This is the best job I've ever had.

Besides, you need someone around to give you a hard time about your ex-husband crashing your dinner parties.

>> Weird?

>> We'll call it progressive.

Now, go.

>> See you tomorrow.

>> Liz, you ready?

>> Yeah.

Please contact our office at your earliest convenience so that we may provide further information, et cetera, et cetera.

Kilgore and Associates, Brockmeyer, Texas.

>> Well, my condolences on your grandfather's passing.

>> You know, this sounds terrible, but before ten minutes ago, I couldn't have told you if he was alive or dead.

It feels kinda strange for him to leave me his house.

>> Why do you suppose you and he never met?

>> Don't know.

I just grew up with my mother never talking about him.

>> What about your grandmother?

>> Nothing.

She ran off, or something, before I was born.

>> After your mother died, did you collect any of your grandparents' belongings?

>> Mom didn't have the capacity for keepsakes.

She was just too drunk most of the time.

>> Sounds like this has the potential to be an emotional issue for you.

>> Honestly, right now I'm more concerned with which wine to serve with Chicken Alfredo.

Okay, I put like three or four pounds of butter.

>> Three or four pounds--

>> I know, I can't help it.

I like to spoil you guys.

>> Great meal, Liz.

>> Thanks, guys, thank you.

>> So, tell us more about this letter you got.

>> All I know is I'm supposed to go down there, and talk to the lawyer and I don't know what.

>> It totally sounds like a creepy haunted house adventure.

Count me in.

>> Wayne, weren't you the one who used to close his eyes during \"Ghostbusters\"?

>> Whatever, I was probably stoned.

>> Right now, it just feels like a bunch of hassle I don't need.

>> You at least have to find out if the house is worth something.

>> I agree.

>> Crap, we're missing it.

>> What?

>> Who is that?

>> Girlfriend, are you kidding?

It's the Shame.

Seamus Fuller?

>> He's that local guy with the Bigfoot, UFO radio show.

Pretty popular.

>> Seriously?

>> Oh, just wait.

A soon as he syndicates, he's going to be huge.

>> Who's he calling?

>> Hi, I'd like to ask Shame a question, please.

>> All right, anyone who isn't a total nerd need more wine?

>> Count me in.

>> The sommelier will assist Madame.

>> How long?

I'll wait, thanks.

>> Malbec, nice.

>> I don't choose by prettiest label anymore.

>> How's the shop?

You know, this inheritance thing could help.

>> Do we call it \"inheritance\" if it's from a total stranger?

>> Gift horse is a gift horse.

>> Makes me miss Mom.

I had to remind myself that it's been almost four years.

Can you believe?

>> I remember that highway patrol guy calling in the middle of the night.

>> Anyways, don't you know that if her father had any money, Mom would have given him his due attention.

>> \"I make my own way.

I don't need any help from anybody, especially all those losers who were never there for me before.\"

>> Stop being ridiculously insightful, it makes me crazy.

>> Brockmeyer's what, 50 miles?

You run down there, you check it out.

What's the worst that can happen?

>> My business going under.

That is the worst that can happen, thank you very much.

I don't have time to just break away because I get a letter from Atticus Finch.


>> You're just very hot when you make literary references.

>> Thanks for listening, Van.

You know, backhanded as this might sound, you're pretty good at being an ex-husband.

>> Thanks.

I'll be sure to add that skill to my online dating profile.

>> Hi, Shame.

This is Wayne, I'm a big fan.

>> Much obliged, big fan.

What've you got for me tonight?

>> Well, a friend of mine just had an old house left to her and I was wondering if you could tell us how to tell if it's haunted.

>> Oh, that's an excellent question, Wayne.

If only tonight's topic wasn't the Army's use of synthetic telepathy, I wouldn't be hanging up on you right now.

>> Oh the Shame.

>> Hello?

>> Call me a traditionalist, but I think everyone named Wayne should go by the nickname, \"Duke.\"

Keep the faith, friend.

The subject of ghouls and goblins will again grace these airwaves in the near future.

You can count on it.

Time for a break.

You're listening to The Shame on KBLM AM.

>> Stay tuned.

The Shame will be right back.

>> I know the show's kind of boring tonight, but did you actually nod off in there?

>> Sorry about that.

>> That's okay, Felix.

If this syndication deal goes through, I'll spring for the alarm clock.

>> All right.

>> Oh, hi.

>> Hey.

>> How was last night?

>> Good, thanks.

What's going on?

>> Just the usual.


>> Except we didn't get the morning delivery.

>> Oh, yeah.

See, the thing is, he just didn't come with the delivery this morning.

>> Did you call Jerry?

He's supposed to be here by--

>> I called him.

>> And?

Sheila, what is it?

>> He said that he couldn't make any more deliveries until you caught up on some of those late invoices.

I'm sorry.

>> Oh.

>> You know, if we need to skip my check this week, that's totally fine.

Like, I'm great.


My boyfriend can totally help me out.

>> Could you excuse me for a minute?

Yes, Mr. Kilgore, please.

>> Ms. Jennings, Alistair Kilgore.

I apologize for the wait.

>> It's fine.

>> It's a sincere pleasure to meet you.

This is my associate, Miss Ambrose.

>> Can I get you anything?

>> Uh, I'm fine, thanks.

>> My son and law partner, Jason will be along shortly.

First, on behalf of the firm, I'd like to offer our sympathies for your loss.

I knew your grandfather many years and considered him a friend.

>> Well, that makes one of us.

>> Yes, well.

>> Good afternoon.

Miss Jennings, Jason Kilgore.

>> Hi.

>> Do you have any initial questions?

>> No, I don't know how these things work.

>> Well, your grandfather's will was extremely straightforward in that it stipulated you, as sole heir, receive his home at 162 Charleston Street, as well as all possessions therein.

The will was offered in probate and accepted by the court, so the home is yours.

>> That's it?

>> Mrs. Ambrose has a few documents for you to sign, but otherwise, yeah, that's pretty much it.

>> If there's anything we can assist you with, please don't hesitate.

>> Thank you.

>> And I would be more than happy to show you the property, if you'd like.

>> I have the address, thanks.

I think I'd like to explore the town a little bit.

>> Sure.

>> Oh, there was one other thing.

>> Yes, ma'am?

>> Did my grandfather have a memorial service?

>> No, but Ben was laid to rest at Brockmeyer Cemetery.

Miss Jennings, might I say, you're the very image of your grandmother.

>> You knew my grandmother?

>> Emma Clayworth was a lovely woman.

>> Maybe she still is.

>> Indeed.

>> Well, that paperwork is ready for you when you are.

>> We're at your disposal.

>> Thank you.

You made that easy.

>> Right this way.

>> Are you going to tell her?

>> Okay, I think I got it.



>> Oh, sorry, I was having the most amazing dream.

>> Listen, hater, if I knew how to work this silly contraption, I wouldn't have called you in the first place.

>> I think you're good to go.

Does the bulb come on?

That could be fried.

>> It's on.

>> Wow.

Okay, so you'll want to get the film rolling through the projector as soon as you can before the heat from the bulb--

>> Melts the film.

>> Oops.

>> Van, is that fixable?

>> Uh, not so much.

>> You know what?

I think I've got it from here.

>> Hey, give me a break.

I'm flying blind here.

>> I'll call you next week.

>> I also do sewer line repair by phone.

>> Thank you.


>> Anywhere you like, hon.

>> Miss Jennings?

>> Hi.

>> Hi.

Um, I just sat down.

>> Oh, uh, yeah.

>> Great.

>> Liz.

>> Sorry, Liz.

Well, it's nice to see you.

>> Yeah, you too.

>> Did you get a chance to go by and see the house?

>> I did.

>> So, ten in Dallas, four in San Antonio, and then into business with the old man.

>> What's it like working with a parent?

>> It's like working with a parent.

>> Hey, do you happen to know a family in town by the name of Mills?

They were friends of my grandparents.

A couple friend.

>> I know a Bill and Anne Mills.

Don't know if they knew your grandparents, but they're about that age, so.

I heard Anne's not doing too well these days though.

>> Bill and Anne, thanks.

>> Yeah.

>> Anything else, you two?

>> I'm okay, Liz?

>> Oh, I'll take that.

>> Jason Kilgore.

Letting a lady pay?

>> You're making me look bad.

>> I'm sorry.

>> Hey, how much longer are you in town for?

>> Just one more day.

I've got a business on life support in Austin.

>> Well, how about if I show you some of Brockmeyer's not so hot spots tonight?

>> Oh.

>> Divorced a couple of years.

Come on, you gotta give me a chance to redeem myself here.

>> Okay, but back by curfew.

>> Great, you got it.

>> Just a minute!


>> Hi.

I hope you like the theater.

>> Wow, this is lovely.

>> Oh, you like?

>> Yeah.

>> Good.

>> And here I thought I'd be spending the evening at, like, a county fair, or something.

>> Oh, well we're going to the late bingo at the VFW later.

So you're covered.

>> Great, great.

>> Excuse me.

Uh, hi, Jason Kilgore.


I'm out right now.

You can make an appointment in the morning if you like.

Oh, I see.

Can you hang on one moment, please?

Thank you.

Do you mind if I--

>> What time are they supposed to be here?

>> I don't know.

It's your sister and her new boyfriend.

So be nice.

>> Sister's new boyfriend.

You know, they're going to have to redefine the word \"new\" to keep up with her dating habits.

>> What on earth are you doing now?

>> I'm thinking of installing a revolving door.

Like a doggie door for my sister and her new boyfriends.

>> That's them, be nice.


>> Hi.

Hi, Scott.

>> How ya doin', sis?

>> Guys, this is Mark.

>> Hi, Mark.

>> So, uh, Mark, where ya from?

>> Wisconsin, actually.

>> Mark is studying to be an architect.

>> Definitely points for originality, although we may have to deduct for being a show-off.

Oh, and the acting was pretty good, too.

>> Okay, you don't have to be nice.

I know I'm a crappy actor.

>> So last chance to be married?

>> Would I lie to you?

>> Well, you are a lawyer.

>> That is true.

>> Oh, my God.

>> What in the hell.

You should wait outside.

Call 911.

Give them my name.

>> Where are you going?

>> Just gonna take a look.

>> You think that's a good idea?

Hi, yeah, my grandfather's house was just broken into.


I don't know.

We just--I don't see anyone.

162 Charleston.

Thank you.

>> Yeah, it looks all clear.

I think somebody may have come in through the back door, but I'm not--

>> Jason?

>> My guess is just kids.

Yeah, they hear about an obit and they decide a house is fair game.

After you've had a chance to look through the house, would you let us know if anything is missing.

>> I will.

>> Locksmith's on the way.

Now, he'll take care of the door for you, and I'll have one of our guys drive by a couple of times tonight.

>> Thanks.

Good night.

>> Good night.

>> Hey.

>> Hey.

>> Are you okay?

>> I am so sorry.

>> Did I came across as incredibly brave in there?

>> Incredibly something.

>> What did the sheriff have to say?

>> Kids.

>> I bet you never had a date quite like that one before.

>> You win the prize.

No way.

Of all things.

>> Oh, sorry.

Elizabeth Jennings?

>> Who are you?

>> My name is Seamus Fuller.

Might I have a word?

>> Are you with the realtor?

>> No, I'm--

>> Wait, aren't you that radio guy?

>> That's right.

>> What're you doing here?

>> Can we speak inside?

>> Anywhere you can find a seat.

The house was broken into last night.

>> Oh, I can see that.

Last night, I'm sorry.

>> Thanks.

What is it you wanted to talk to me about, Mr. Fuller?

Every moment I spend in this town is a new surprise.

>> Well, I think I'm about to top any surprises that may have come before.

>> Please.

>> Miss Jennings, how, exactly, are you related to Benjamin Clayworth?

>> Call me Liz, and I am the granddaughter.

Why do you ask?

>> Liz, I'm here because I believe your grandfather may have been involved in the assassination of President John Kennedy.

>> You're right.

>> Excuse me?

>> You just blew away all previous surprises.

>> I'm fully serious.

>> Come on.

Wayne put you up to this, right?

I have a lot to do today.

>> I don't know Wayne.

>> You can't seriously be making this accusation?

My grandfather recently passed.

>> I got a letter a couple of months ago.

It was anonymous.

It implicated your grandfather in the assassination and I've been--

>> An anonymous tip.

>> --investigating ever since.

>> This is crazy.

And what is it that you think I can do for you?

>> Honestly, I don't know.

>> Look, I didn't know Benjamin Clayworth.

All I did was inherit a house which I intend to unload as soon as possible.

>> I wish you wouldn't do that.

>> Really?

>> Miss Jennings, I'm not sure you fully understand.

>> That's gonna be the realtor.

>> You were broken into last night.

Can I ask what was stolen?

>> Just a minute.

I don't know.

Just some old family films as far as I can tell.

>> That's a bit odd, don't you think?

>> Yes, I suppose it is.

But, uh--

Look, Mr. Fuller, I have a lot going on in my life right now.

I'm not sure how this, whatever it is, is gonna make anything less complicated.

Frankly, it all sounds a little nutty.

>> Were you aware that during the war your grandfather was a sharpshooter in an Army unit attached to the OSS?

>> No, I didn't know anything about the man.

>> Did you know that his whereabouts are unaccounted for on November the 22nd, 1963?

>> Mr. Fuller, I have to go back to Austin this morning.

I'll be back here at some point, but I don't know what any of this has to do with me.

>> Were you aware that Emma Clayworth disappeared almost immediately after the assassination?

>> I have to get the door now.

>> Probably best not to share our conversation with anyone.

Thanks for your time.

>> Hi, I'm Lucy with Sykes Realty.

>> Ma'am.

>> Hi, I'm Lucy.

Oh, my.

You know, dear, if it'll be any help at all I'll be glad to send over one of my Mexican girls, they're just great.

>> Van said he'd help with money for the shop.

>> Don't sweat it, he's happy to do it.

>> I know, but I hated asking.

You wanna help me go through this stuff?

>> I want to talk about the hunk, not the junk.

A handsome lawyer who's into theater?

Are you sure he's not gay?

>> I don't get that impression, no.

>> Oh well, junk it is.

You look like her.

>> Who?

>> Your grams.

>> Oh my gosh, let me see that.


>> What?

>> This is the first photo that's turned up.

They look happy together.

>> Honey, they were until they weren't.

>> She was beautiful.

>> Well, hello.

>> Is that thing real?

>> Gold plated, very pimp.

>> You know about guns?

>> I dated a cowboy, or three.

>> Put it away, would you?

>> Girl, it's past my bedtime anyway.

I'm gonna catch the last hour of Shame and hit the hay.

>> Come back tomorrow?

>> You got it.

Love you.

>> You too, be safe.

Yeah, I don't know what's wrong with that thing all of a sudden.

>> Maybe weather.

Will it lock?

>> Think so.

>> We need to get that forty-four loaded for you.

>> No, we don't.

>> Hairless coyote or blood-sucking chupacabra?

I can tell you this life-long hunter has never seen anything like it, but don't take my word for it.

Get out there, examine the evidence and make your own judgment.

We'll be right back.

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>> Join us next week, as physics professor, Irving Fischer, discusses the latest in time travel research.

Just consider the possibilities, people.

One episode of The Shame ends and you with the ability to fast forward in time to the start of the next show.

Talk about Shangri-La.

This is KBLM AM.

Seamus Fuller out.

>> Mr. Fuller?

>> I'm not crazy.

>> So what'd the letter say?

>> Oh, not much.

It only directed me to look at Ben Clayworth of Brockmeyer as a conspirator.

No return address, no postmark, that's about it.

>> What about the military stuff?

>> Office of Strategic Services, wartime intelligence unit that eventually became, wait for it, the CIA.

Only two Army units were attached to the OSS, and guess who was in one of them?

>> How did you get that information?

>> National Archive stuff.

Liz, I've been an investigator at the DA's office, I've worked as a newspaper reporter, I'm even head of the neighborhood watchdog committee.

>> You forgot part Cherokee Indian.

>> The point is, I have experience at sniffing things out.

>> This is just surreal.

>> You know I met him.

>> Who, Ben?

You're kidding.

>> No.

About six weeks ago I went to his front door, asked him some questions...

>> And?

>> And he pointed a shotgun at my head and told me to get the hell off his property.

What is it?

>> I'm just wondering what comes out of something like this.

>> It could be the missing piece of the puzzle that people have been trying to solve for 50 years.

>> But what does it lead to?

I mean, is it money?

Is it talk shows?

Is it book deals?

>> Are those things so bad?

>> Is it infamy?

>> I'll get this.

>> Shame, can I trust you?

>> Liz, if you don't mind me saying so, I wouldn't be in the habit of trusting anybody right now.

>> All right, we're here.

What are we looking for?

>> It.

>> School book depository.

>> Texas school book depository.

>> Scary rifle.

>> Bolt-action, Mannlicher-Carcano rifle.

>> What's up, Mannlicher?

>> Hey, you need to know these.

>> You actually came up with these yourself?

>> JFK conspiracy cards are the biggest seller on my website.

Now, c'mon!

>> Grassy knoll, easy.

State Theater, okay, I pass.

>> It's Texas Theater.

Needs work.

>> Oh, look at this.

>> Cool.


You know, it sounds like there's still film in here.

>> How old?

>> No tellin'.

I'm gonna give this to my producer.

There might be something on this.

Tell me about that couple again, the one in all the home movies.

>> Yeah, uh, Mills, that's all I know.

There's a family in town by the name of Mills that I was gonna get around to introducing myself to.

>> Liz, how would you feel about a forensics person kickin' around this house?

>> What would they be looking for?

>> Blood.

>> Anne, somebody wants to see you.

You can come on in.

Annie, somebody wants to say hello.

>> Uh, Mrs. Mills, my name is Liz.

I think maybe you knew my grandparents?

>> May I help you?

>> Oh, hi, uh, you must be Bill.

>> Yes.

>> I'm Elizabeth Jennings.

My grandparents were Ben and Emma Clayworth.

>> My word.

>> Mom passed away a few years ago I'm afraid.

>> Oh, I'm sorry to hear that, breaks my heart.

We have many fond memories of Karen growing up.

Sweetheart, do you remember Emma and Karen Clayworth?

Those three about shopped Ben and me into the poor house.

Now, what about you?

You're as beautiful as your grandmother.

How on Earth did you come across Anne and me?

>> Actually, it was old family films.

>> Really?

Oh, those were the things back then, weren't they?

Now Emma, she used to love to operate those cameras.

She had an artist's streak, you know.

>> Bill, do you have any idea what happened to her?

>> Oh, Elizabeth, Lord, help me, I wish we did.

Anne and I prayed about it over the years.

The answer never came.

I just hope she's out there somewhere, living a real comfortable life.

>> Do you remember when you saw her last?

>> Oh, goodness, would've been the 60s, the early 60s.

We were good friends in those days, weren't we, sweetheart?

Your grandparents had issues like people do.

God rest Ben's soul.

>> He couldn't tell you anything else?

>> He was so nice, I didn't wanna press.

>> We need to get a handle on Ben's whereabouts on November the 22nd.

>> How do we do that?

>> By catching a break.

This whole thing sinks or swims with that information.

>> It's just so long ago.

>> Well, a few weeks back I thought I'd look into the old HR records at the electric company where Ben worked, maybe bust him playin' hooky that day.

>> What did you find?

>> Oh, just that all the records for the early 60s went up in a warehouse fire.

When, you may ask?

Early 1964.

>> You're kidding.

>> The hunt for conspiracy in the murder of our

35th president is fraught with little conveniences like that.

>> And voilà.

>> You cook, too.

>> Well, it's weird, the morning after getting bonked in the head, I woke up with this amazing ability to whip up a soufflé.

>> Uh-huh, yeah.

This home is amazing.

>> Oh, thank you.

It's been in the family for--

God, a couple of generations now.

>> Well, here's to me cooking dinner for you next time.

>> To next time.

>> Actually, I was a little surprised that you returned my call.

>> Why?

>> Well, there was that whole paramedics thing.

>> Eh, that was fun.

Well, now that you're back I--I hope you stick around a while.

>> Yeah, actually, um, as it turns out, there's a little bit more to deal with than I expected.

>> Well, lucky me.

>> Can't you get disbarred for this?

>> It'll be worth it.

>> C'mon.



>> Shame!

>> Chorizo con huevo?

>> You carry a gun?

>> And a license.

>> And they just let you go?

>> Well, Liz, more like a not so subtle cease and desist order, only without the words.

>> This is not a joke.

They could've killed you.

Of course we have to go to the police.

>> So they could do what?

These were government spooks all the way, Liz.

>> Are you listening to yourself right now?

>> There's something else.

>> What?

>> It's the reason I was coming to see you last night.

He was there.

>> Who was where?

What am I looking at?

>> This is him, right here, Dealey Plaza, crowd scene, November the 22nd, 1963.

>> Where did you get this photo?

>> Google.

>> My God, what is this turning into?

>> We can put him at the site of the assassination.

Do you know what that means?

>> No, I don't know what that means, and that is the problem.

This is now officially dangerous.

>> I need to talk to Jason.

>> Who's Jason?

>> Jason Kilgore, my-- my grandfather's lawyer.

>> Oh, no, no, we don't need to talk to anybody about this.

>> Look, I own a flower shop, okay?

Flowers, like as in funerals.

>> Liz, you don't get the gravity of what I'm talking about.

These are very bad people who were responsible for the murder of a beloved president.

This is important stuff.

>> To guys with guns.

What is it you suggest we do?

>> I had a very long walk last night into town thinking about that very thing.

It's time to find Emma.

She might still be out there.

She could've been hiding out there all these years.

She could be the one person that could blow the lid off this whole thing.

>> Even in 1963, small town Texas, could you really just tell people that your wife ran off and have no one question it?

>> We have no idea if anyone questioned it.

>> '63, '64, '65, three years, one box.

>> Crime wave of the century, oh sure.

>> Probably just a bunch of drunk and disorderlies, but you're welcome to take a look.

If anyone filed a missing person report on your grandmother, it'd be in that box.

>> We really appreciate your help.

>> Well, that's okay, we don't get to play cold case around here very much.

By the way, you never told us what was missing from the house.

>> You know, I--I really didn't come up with anything.

>> Oh, just like I said, probably a bunch of kids looking for a break-in thrill.

>> There's nothing in here with the name Clayworth on it.

Do you have any other ideas, Sherriff?

Any place else we could look?

>> Well, we could go straight to the source.

>> Where's that?

>> Blair Sneed.

He was sheriff back then.

Most days, thinks he still is.

Blair, this is Liz Jennings and uh--

>> Her cousin.

>> Her cousin, Seamus.

They're lookin' into someone from back in your day.

>> Emma Clayworth?

>> Em--Who, Ben's wife?

>> Yes, sir.

>> What about her?

>> We're looking into her disappearance and we wondered if you might be able to help.

>> They wasn't no disappearance.

She just picked up and left.

>> I'm sorry, how do you know that?

>> That's how Ben told it.

>> Sherriff, was there an official investigation into her disappearance?

>> What'd I just finish sayin', boy?

You know, I don't think I like the tone of all this.

>> Blair, Ms. Jennings is Emma's granddaughter--

>> Dammit, she ran off!

You hear me?

Plain and simple.

To hell do any of you know about it?

>> You just took her husband's word for it and left it at that?

How do you know that he didn't harm her in some way?

>> If he did, she had it comin' to her.

>> Hold on, Blair, hold on.

>> In my day, if a man's wife strayed, people weren't so damn quick to judge.

You hear me, young lady?

Yeah, I just had a visit from a woman, claims she's Emma's granddaughter.

>> I understand.

>> And had a cousin with her.

>> There is no cousin.

>> You seem kind of quiet today, you all right?

>> Sorry, it's been one of those.

>> Well, is there anything I can do?

>> Well, you were sweet to meet me down here in your little lawyer outfit.

>> Well, not everyone has a cool, vintage coat for every day of the week.

>> You like?

>> I do.

>> Understated, versatile, good for singing in the rain or flashing people on the sidewalks...

>> Careful, that's a misdemeanor.

>> That's what lawyers are for.

Oh, look!

Wear these, I'll always know where you are.

>> Great, now I can't catch mice.

>> Sorry.

Oh, I need a little basket.

>> Throw it in one of those ginormous pockets you got.

>> Now you are trying to get me arrested.

What are you doing in there?

>> Oh, what do you got there?

>> Uh, I guess it's one of Emma's old films, I thought I'd lost 'em all.

>> It's probably one of Ben's old stag films.

>> Well, whatever it is, it's the last of its kind.

>> I'm gonna be spraying a compound that reacts with the iron and hemoglobin.

>> It'll glow blue if we run into any blood.

>> Wonderful.

>> Where do you wanna start?

>> Kitchen?

Is that it?

>> Shame, can you grab the other end?

>> Are you okay?

>> I think I've forgotten what okay feels like.

>> Is it that old, turd sheriff that's bothering you?

What he said about Emma?

>> That's her blood in there, isn't it?

>> That would be my guess.

>> You know, I've had this back of mind fantasy that maybe she was still out there.

>> Same here.

>> Just gettin' to know her and she had to off and die.

>> Liz, he was in Dallas.

He was part of it.

It was a conspiracy.

>> I really hope you're white-boarding all of this somewhere because I cannot keep up.

>> Feels like we've hit a dead end anyway.

>> There any vacancies at the Route 47?

Maybe a room not illuminated by a creepy blue glow.

>> I bet if we ask real nice we could probably get ya the trucker of the year suite.

>> Hello?

>> Ms. Jennings, Alistair Kilgore, pardon the late hour.

>> Mr. Kilgore, how can I help you?

>> I was wondering if you're available to meet tomorrow mornin'.

>> Uh, yeah, sure.

Um, everything okay?

>> It concerns your grandfather.

So we say our office, 8 A.M.?

>> Sounds good.

See you then.

>> I look forward to it.


>> He was here yesterday-- like, I just-- my calls from yesterday and now he's not here.

>> Good morning.

I'm here to see Mr. Kilgore.

Are you okay?

>> Mr. Kilgore passed away last night.

>> What!

Who, Alistair?

>> Yes.

>> Oh my God.

Have you seen Jason?

>> No, I'm sorry.

>> Thank you.


>> Hey, thank you for coming.

>> What happened?

>> Uh, they think he may have fallen down the stairs.

Uh, were you looking for me at the office this morning?

>> No, your father asked me to meet him.

>> He did?

>> Yeah.

I went down to the office and the girls told me what happened.

Is there anything I can do?

>> She's taking it really hard.

She's worked for dad for over 30 years.

>> You okay?

>> Yeah, I just need to clear up a couple of things here.

Can I call you later?

>> Yeah, okay.

Enough is enough!

We have to go to the sheriff!

>> We already talked about that.

>> No one was dead then.

>> He fell down the stairs, you said so yourself.

>> A late night call to talk about Ben, followed conveniently by accidental death?

You really believe that?

>> No.

But I was hoping that you would.

>> Shame, your life is worth more than the story of the decade.

>> Is that all you think this is?

>> Look, don't start with the \"truth will set you free\" speech, okay?

I want you to acknowledge that I'm a little terrified here.

>> Well, I am curious to know what Ben's lawyer wanted to talk to you about?

>> Shame?

>> Felix.

Felix, Liz.

Liz, my producer, Felix.

Felix is well trained in the art of extricating me from uncomfortable conversations.

>> Well, I got those prints you wanted.

>> Good.

They got somethin', huh?

This is from the old camera we found.

Let's see.


I don't know, she's-she's all covered up.

Emma, maybe.

It's mostly, amateur surveillance stuff.

>> That's definitely Emma.

>> How can you tell with all the getup?

>> 'Cause I'm wearin' that coat right now.

I recognize the man, too.

>> You're kidding.


>> Well, don't keep me in suspense.

How'd an old man get lucky enough to see you twice in a week?

>> Bill, we wanna talk to you about a photograph.

>> Really?

>> Can you tell us if that is a picture of you and Emma?

>> Let me see.

I believe it is.

>> Do you remember when that was?

>> Bill, I don't mean to embarrass you, but do you mind if I ask you a delicate question?

>> You want to know if I was seeing Emma?

I enjoy your radio show.

Some of your callers need to have their heads examined, but it's a good listen.

>> Thank you.

>> I was the one who sent you that letter.

The one about Ben.

>> Bill?

>> Mr. Mills, what do you know about Ben's involvement in the assassination?

>> There was no involvement.

It was a fabrication on my part.

One for which I'm sorry.

>> Bill, how can that be?

Everything that we have looked at points--

>> Yes, we know that he was in Dealey Plaza on the day of the murder.

>> Ben was in Dallas that day, that's a fact.

But, so was Emma, and so was I.

>> I don't understand.

>> Elizabeth, there was a time when your grandparents were happy together.

Truly so.

But in the years after the war, Ben's drinking took a toll on the marriage.

He changed, grew angry.

Emma was a fine, upstanding woman, but everyone has their breaking point, I suppose.

She strayed from the marriage, it's true, but not as a habit and certainly not with me.

I was there that day to help, I really was.

On the morning the President was shot, Anne was calling on Emma.

>> Ben?

Emma home?

What are you doing?

>> You know who she's with, don't you?

Who is it?

>> I don't know what you're talking about.


>> I know she's lying.

Her sister, they're both liars.

>> What about her sister?

Where are you going?

Are you going to Dallas?

>> Anne found me straight away.

Said Ben was on his way to Dallas with the worst of intentions.

So, we decided that I should follow after him.

Do what I could to prevent something terrible from happening.

A few hours later, I was in Dallas convincing Emma's sister to tell me where to find her.

It was still mid-morning when I tracked her down.

She was very upset, of course.

Told me there was no reason to worry and that I should go on home.

Said she was going downtown to see the President.

>> Thank you.

That was the last time I ever saw her.

I suppose Ben had the same idea about Emma and I that brought you two here today.

Ben must have followed me from Emma's sister's house.

Nobody knew where I was.

I spent that night unconscious in a Dallas Hospital.

Emma had disappeared by the next day, and we never spoke to Ben again.

>> He was just in Dallas to follow his wife?

>> If Ben had murder on his mind that day, it wasn't directed at the President of the United States.

>> Why did you send the letter?

>> It was my understanding that Ben wasn't in the best of health.

And I had the foolish notion that if he felt himself under pressure, he might admit what had really happened to Emma.

Maybe a last chance to confess his sins.

Looks like all I managed to do was to waste your precious time.

>> What are you thinking about?

>> There has to be more.

What are we not seeing here?

And why the goons?

>> I don't know.

It could be completely unrelated to Bill's letter, or any of this.

I'm seeing Jason later.

He's probably a wreck.

What are you doing?


>> Yeah?

>> Are we done here?

Was that the end?

>> A lot of well wishes today.

That's been nice.

>> Are you gonna be okay?

>> I was busy with arrangements all day.

I'm sure it will hit me later.

>> What do you think happened?

>> I don't know.

People fall.

Thanks again for dinner.

I'm really glad you're here.

>> Of course.

>> Why don't we talk about something else?

Um, how was your day?

>> Well, I got to visit Bill Mills.

>> Yeah?

How is old Bill doin'?

>> He's such a sweet guy.

>> Yeah.

>> Listen, um I understand if you want to be alone tonight, but I can stay.

>> I don't want to put you out.

>> It's fine.

You shouldn't be alone.

>> Thank you.

>> Yes?

>> Mr. Fuller, my name is Caroline Ambrose.

I work for the Kilgore Law Firm.

>> What can I do for you?

>> Elizabeth Jennings is in danger.

>> Please.

>> I didn't know who to turn to.

I think he killed Alistair.

>> Who-who did?

Ms. Ambrose, tell me what's going on.

>> Jason.

He's after a film.

>> What?

Jason Kilgore?

What film?

>> It's a film of the Kennedy assassination.

Ben indicated that it contained evidence of conspiracy.

>> What?

>> The film was taken by Emma Clayworth.

>> Emma?

No, she--

>> Near the end of his life, Ben confided in Alistair and Jason about the film, but not where it was.

His instructions to Alistair were to make Elizabeth aware of the film and help her with whatever she chose to do with it.

Alistair ultimately decided that knowledge of such a thing would be a burden to Elizabeth.

But yesterday, he told me he changed his mind.

He wasn't given the chance to tell her.

>> God.

>> What is it?

>> Emma was the Babushka Lady.

>> The what?

>> Yeah, she, uh, she was the woman at the site of the assassination.

She had the scarf... the babushka, and they never found her.

>> Oh, my gosh.

>> And she was shooting home movies.

But why would Jason murder for it?

>> What would you say a film like that would be worth, Mr. Fuller?

Alistair never could admit it to himself, but, Jason is a deeply troubled man.

>> Liz was going over to Jason's tonight.

Where does he live?

>> I'm sorry.

Do you mind if I take this?

>> No, of course not.

>> Thanks.

>> Hello?

>> It's Shame.


>> Get out of there.

It's Jason.

>> Hello?

>> The sheriff is on the way.

>> God!

>> Oh, yeah.

>> You okay?

>> I have to go, sorry.

Get out of my way.

>> You're going to need to go back inside.

>> Jason, what is this?

>> Just sit down, Liz.

>> Who are these guys?

>> The help.


You really have no idea what's going on, do you?

>> Obviously.

>> You and your fat sidekick were chasing around the wrong Clayworth.

>> What, are you saying that Emma was involved?

>> Just a bystander.

>> So?

>> A bystander with a position on top of the motorcade, standing at the precise angle, pointing her 8mm camera directly at the grassy knoll.

It's cute, Ben to leave it in Emma's coat pocket.

It's obvious, but cute.

She's in a ton of pictures, home movies.

Zapruder film, even.

The Feds really wanted to get their hands on that film.

But, poof, Emma just disappeared.

Personally, I think Ben waxed her, but we'll never know.

Come on, Liz.

Grandma was a famous mystery woman.

Who knew?

>> How could you?

>> Oh, come on.

Don't be so naive.

Why do you think they killed JFK?


That Babushka Lady footage?

It's a holy grail of conspiratorial evidence.

Hell, the pay-per-view alone will make me rich.

>> You killed Alistair.

>> He took a tumble.

It happens.

>> Over a roll of film.

>> I said he took a tumble.

He had his time, now it's mine.

>> Jason, let me go.

>> That's mine now.

Legal documents will now show that Ben bequeathed the film to Alistair and the estate left it to me.

It's all very tidy.

I want you to know that I really did consider cutting you in on this, it's just that there's so many people involved, and it, it's just messy.

>> You're a sociopath.

>> Liz, for what it's worth, I mean, I had a good time.

>> You shouldn't have done that.

>> All this and you haven't even watched the film yet.

It could be picnics and parades for all you know.

>> Shut up.

>> Perfect.

>> You shut up!

>> Hey.


>> Here we go.

What the hell?

Find her.


Drop it.

Go on.


I got your friend here with a gun pointed at his head.

>> Liz, get out.

Just get out of the house.

>> Think about it.

You really want me to put a bullet in him over a piece of film?


Give me the film.

>> Liz?

You remember what you told me?

It's not worth a life.

>> Yeah.

>> Listen to your buddy.

Give me the film.

Come on, come on.

>> You deserve this.

>> No!

What did you do?

What did you do?

>> Jason, drop the gun!

>> What did...

>> Thanks, Lucy.

>> You bet.

Shouldn't be long

'till we get a bite.

We'll be in touch.

>> Take care.

You and the breakfast tacos.

>> State food of Texas.

Did you get any sleep last night?

>> Of course not.


>> Not a wink, and I have to go on the air tonight.

>> Oh, no.

>> Wish I had something to talk about.

>> Shame, do you think that was it last night?

The real film?

>> You mean, do I think we destroyed evidence that finally proved conspiracy in the murder of JFK?

>> Yeah.

>> Ask me something else.

There's a buyer.

You want me to give them the dime tour?

>> I got it, thanks.

May I help you?

>> Elizabeth?

>> Emma?

>> No, sweetheart, I'm your Aunt Meredith.

Emma was my precious sister.

I'm very pleased to meet you.

>> Meredith.

What are you doing here?

>> Well, I've come to see you, dear.

>> Do you wanna come inside?

>> I was hoping we could take a drive.

>> I would love to.

Where are we going?

>> I'm not entirely sure, but I'm glad we're going together.

Emma was an extraordinary woman.

She was kind and giving, and she was so funny.

She was my best friend.

>> I wish I could have met her.

>> You're beginning to remind me of her already.

I believe the two of you would have been thick as thieves.

>> Do you know what happened?

>> Elizabeth, over the years, I went to the authorities.

I hired detectives.

I raised seven kinds of holy hell, but I could never learn the truth.

And then a few weeks ago, I received a letter.

It was from Ben, himself.

That took several days for me to even be able to read it.

>> Tell me.

>> The evening after Ben followed Emma to Dallas, they fought terribly.

Emma would take no more of Ben's drunken behavior, and he certainly wasn't going to accept another man in her life.

She was packed and ready to leave for good.

We spoke that night by phone and I could hear the fear in her voice.

She knew he was capable of anything, and was worried that he might have done something to their friend, Bill Mills.

She... told me she loved me and... and that was it.

Emma confronted him.

She tried to reason with him.

But Ben had a gun.

He said in his letter that he was going to turn it on himself.

He said he would never have intentionally hurt Emma.

>> No.

Emma, Emma, Emma.


Talk to me.


Emma, say something.

>> He told people that she had run off to be with a lover.

In those days, a man could get away with such contemptible deceit.

Ben did.

>> Where are we?

>> I want to introduce you to your grandmother.

Ben's letter provided directions to this place.

After all these years.

>> It's beautiful.

There's something here.

>> I believe that's for you, dear.

>> You'd get about four or five minutes of footage out of one of those rolls of 8mm.

The one you found in the coat must have been the roll before.

So, Emma was shooting, she ran out of film, she reloaded, and--

>> Don't even think about it.


Are you ready?

>> Are you kidding?