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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — November 22, 1963.

One of the darkest days in American history — the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.

A new film, “Parkland,” is named after the hospital where the president and his alleged assassin were both taken.

The film is based on “4 Days In November,” a 2008 book by LA prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, perhaps best known for the Charles Manson case and the book “Helter Skelter.”

Bugliosi spoke to KCAL9’s Serene Branson about the movie and the assassination.

“Parkland attempts to capture the human drama that took place inside Trauma Room 1,” he explains.

Bugliosi also says the book and film contain many moments that the public doesn’t know about.

One example: ” Jaqueline [Kennedy], the First Lady, entering Trauma Room 1 holding in her hand, a part of the president’s brain,” says Bugliosi.

The acclaimed book follows in the well-regarded footsteps of best-selling  “Helter Skelter” — one of the most popular true crime books of all time.

With “4 Days” he put many of the conspiracy theories to rest. He says Oswald killed JFK and he acted alone. Period.

“I’m satisfied not just beyond a reasonable doubt beyond all doubt that Oswald was guilty,” he says.

The film is co-produced by Tom Hanks and also tells the story about the famous Zapruder film, vividly capturing the assassination.

Bugliosi researched the assassination for two decades.

Nearly five decades following that horrific day, the author believes the subject still captivates because of JFK’s charisma.

He said, “Hollywood writers, they couldn’t come up with an assassination of a president as fascinating and intriguing as this right here. It’s mind boggling.”

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