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An Encounter with Evil: The Abraham Zapruder Story

Posted by M. C. on March 22, 2022

by Jacob G. Hornberger

The following is the Introduction to The Future of Freedom Foundation’s new book An Encounter with Evil: The Abraham Zapruder Story by Jacob Hornberger. Purchase the book at Amazon: $9.95 for the Kindle version and $14.95 for the print version.


In 1983, the late psychiatrist M. Scott Peck wrote a book entitled People of the Lie. It was a study of evil in human affairs. There is, in fact, evil in the world, Peck observed.There are evil institutions, and there are evil people. When a person encounters either one, it can be a deeply unsettling experience.

This book is also about evil, more specifically, one person’s chance encounter with evil, an encounter that ended up destroying the rest of his life. The dark secret involved in that encounter also resulted in a decades-long family taboo, extending long after that person who had that encounter with evil had passed away.

That person was Abraham Zapruder, the man who filmed the famous “Zapruder film” that captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Through sheer happenstance, Zapruder’s life and the lives of his family were changed forever — for better and for worse — by his encounter with evil.

Revolving around a book entitled Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film, which was written in 2016 by Abraham Zapruder’s granddaughter, Alexandra Zapruder, this book is also about the avoidance of evil, specifically what some people will do to avoid identifying and confronting it.

I have studied the Kennedy assassination for some 30 years and have written four books prior to this one relating to the assassination: The Kennedy Autopsy; The Kennedy Autopsy 2; Regime Change: The JFK Assassination; and The CIA, Terrorism, and the Cold War: The Evil of the National Security State, all of which were published by The Future of Freedom Foundation, a non-profit libertarian educational foundation that I founded in 1989 and where I serve as president. FFF’s mission is to present the principled, uncompromising case for free markets, private property, and limited government.

FFF previously published a book entitled JFK’s War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated by Douglas P. Horne, who served on the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s and later authored a five-volume book entitled Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK. 

FFF has also published two books on the Kennedy assassination by Jefferson Morley, a former reporter for the Washington Post, entitled CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files and Morley v. CIA: My Unfinished JFK Investigation.

FFF has hosted two conferences relating to the Kennedy administration and assassination: “The National Security State and JFK” (2017) and “The National Security State and the Kennedy Assassination” (2021). The video presentations from those two conferences are posted in the multimedia section of FFF’s website (

The multimedia section also includes a five-part video presentation by Douglas Horne entitled “Altered History: Exposing Deceit and Deception in the Medical Evidence” and a 29-part video presentation called “The JFK Assassination” by me.

Additionally, FFF’s website contains countless articles on the JFK assassination.

Like most people who have taken an interest in the Kennedy assassination, I was acquainted with the Zapruder film when I discovered Alexandra Zapruder’s book in 2021. I thought it would be an interesting account of the Zapruder family’s experience with the film. As I began reading it, however, I quickly realized that it was much more than that. Although she does not realize it and although it was no part of her intention, Alexandra Zapruder’s book provides a fascinating insight into evil, what happens to people when they encounter evil, and what people will do to avoid acknowledging and confronting evil.

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