Jackie Kennedy- It Is What She Said Part I
Jackie Kennedy, over time, made a number of statements on what she remembered that happened on the day of the assassination. Mrs. Kennedy made a statement to the Warren Commission in Washington, D.C. The following information gives the pertinent information on who did the questioning and who was in charge.
Friday, June 5, 1964
TESTIMONY OF MRS. JOHN F. KENNEDY
The President’s Commission met, at 4:20 p.m., on Friday, June 5, 1964, at 3017 N Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Present was Chief Justice Earl Warren, Chairman.
Also present were J. Lee Rankin, general counsel; and Robert F. Kennedy, Attorney General of the United States.
When questioned by Rankin she stated on two occasions she didn’t know what the names of the streets where the assassination occurred. Rankin kept zeroing her in on the TSBD and Elm Street moving toward the Triple Underpass. He spends some time doing this. Afterwards, Mrs. Kennedy says the following.
Mrs. KENNEDY. You know, there is always noise in a motorcade and there are always motorcycles, besides us, a lot of them backfiring. So I was looking to the left. I guess there was a noise, but it didn’t seem like any different noise really because there is so much noise, motorcycles and things. But then suddenly Governor Connally was yelling, “Oh, no, no, no.”
Mr. RANKIN. Did he turn toward you?
Mrs. KENNEDY. No; I was looking this way, to the left, and I heard these terrible noises. You know. And my husband never made any sound. So I turned to the right. And all I remember is seeing my husband, he had this sort of quizzical look on his face, and his hand was up, it must have been his left hand. And just as I turned and looked at him, I could see a piece of his skull and I remember it was flesh colored. I remember thinking he just looked as if he had a slight headache. And I just remember seeing that. No blood or anything. And then he sort of did this [indicating], put his hand to his forehead and fell in my lap And then I just remember falling on him and saying, “Oh, no, no, no,” I mean, “Oh, my God, they have shot my husband.” And “I love you, Jack,” I remember I was shouting. And just being down in the car with his head in my lap. And it just seemed an eternity. You know, then, there were pictures later on of me climbing out the back. But I don’t remember that at all.
The Zapruder film or similar films showing Elm Street do not portray this behavior on the part of the President as related by his wife. She heard “terrible noises”. But, before that she didn’t hear anything unsual until Governor Conally begin shouting. She didn’t hear the first shots but heard later shots she described as “terrible noises”.
Essentially, Jackie Kennedy is saying her husband was shot in the head and all that she noted was a quizzical expression and his left hand approaching his head. She didn’t notice blood or other matter. This is quite different then the bloody bones and brains depiction in the Zapruder film. There are frames in Zapruder that show half of President Kennedy’s head is missing. You can see Mrs. Kennedy through the missing part of the head. How can one reconcile Mrs. Kennedy’s WC testimony with the violent depiction of frames 313 and onward in the Zapruder film?
The AMIPA (Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association) film of John “Bob” Yeargan might be able to shed some light on this situation. There is a problem. The Bob Yeargan film was filmed on Main Street before you get to the intersection of Main and Houston. Yeargan filmed from the NW corner of Market and Main Streets. He first filmed east on Main and then as the motorcade went by he filmed west on Main Street. The main assassination scene in everyone’s mind is from the Zapruder film on Elm Street and not on Main Street.
Over the years the Zapruder film has had an overwhelming impact on the interpretation of how the president was assassinated. It is hard for anyone to consider anything different even after years of recognition that the Zapruder film is a tampered with and altered film.
Nowhere in the Zapruder film is there any information that backs up what Jackie Kennedy said for many of the things in her WC testimony. Many of the things she said directly contradict the Zapruder film, but other things link to the Zapruder film. It’s as if she has two versions of what happened in her mind.
From the Bob Yeargan film are scenes that show what she said about President Kennedy raising his hand to his head. Governor Connally appears to be unharmed in these scenes. And, Mrs. Kennedy is looking mostly to the left and not at her husband.
Next are two montages from the AMIPA film that show what Jackie Kennedy was talking about.
Kennedy has a weird expression in these frames. Is it a grin or a grimace or something weird? If the assassination was occurring in these scenes then The Single Bullet Theory is debunked. Governor Connally is as happy as can be.
Jackie Kennedy said there was no blood and President Kennedy’s had a quizzical expression like he had a slight headache. But, she said she could see exposed skull bone and no blood. This differs from the bloody bones and brains scenario from the Zapruder film and witnesses like Clint Hill and others.
Jackie Kennedy’s deleted WC testimony gives one a sense where the wound was. I suppose this is why the testimony was deleted.
“I was trying to hold his hair on. From the front there was nothing — I suppose there must have been. But from the back you could see, you know, you were trying to hold his hair on, and his skull on. …. I could see a piece of his skull sort of wedge-shaped, like that, and I remember that it was flesh colored with little ridges at the top.”
This gives a fair indication that the wound was in the back of his head as was stated by over 40 Parkland Hospital staff members. Mrs. Kennedy said more over time. There is more to discuss and this will be continued in Part II.
Jackie Kennedy’s information can be interpreted as the shooting of Jack Kennedy happened just after she noticed a blue grey building ahead. The phrase “last expression” means he was shot and killed there on Main Street just before reaching the area of the Old Court House.
With all of the other assassination evidence saying otherwise, it is reasonable for people to ignore and not be convinced that what she said had any meaning. This notion that President Kennedy was shot on Main Street struck people as bizarre and was ignored.
It is hard to imagine President Kennedy being shot on Main Street below South Record Street and someone not seeing something as the motorcade traveled on Main Street to Houston Street to Elm Street. It is a strange notion.
Contrary to that, I’m not so certain what she said should be ignored. Keep this article in mind in the future as we explore the events of the presidential motorcade coming down Main Street, turning onto Houston Street, and then heading down Elm Street.
The next photo, either Altgens or his doppelganger Bothun, shows where shooting to the area of the blue-grey building may have occurred. If shooting from the front happened then it could only have come from the Triple Underpass. Perhaps, shooting came from the passenger section of the non-existent Ghost Train of Dealey Plaza?
The photo shows the presidential limousine moving west of Market Street moving into the area of shooting where Jackie Kennedy noticed the blue-grey building. The blue-grey building is on the right. And, look at all those windows and roof tops behind the motorcade.
It gives you one view of an ambush site that makes The Best Place to Shoot to in Dealey Plaza more reasonable to consider.
Can Jackie Kennedy be believed in this interview or can she be dismissed as having confused memories of a very, traumatic event? Did shooting really occur at this location of this presidential limousine? Would this create two head wounds that many people believe happened?
The next photo is from the Dallas Morning News published in August, 1978. Its description was of a rare and seldom seen photograph. It makes one wonder what else the Dallas Morning News has that is “rare and seldom” seen.
In this frame, we see President Kennedy clutching at his throat with both hands. Is this the same scene as seen in Altgens 6 and Zapruder frames 232 plus? Is this the source for Altgens 6, a fake composite photo? Is it the source of Willis slide #1?
This is hard to see even in this blow up. President Kennedy’s hands are at his throat.
This route map of the presidential motorcade shows Main Street as the main route, blue line, into Dealey Plaza. Why Main Street when Elm Street, red line, was a much better route for getting to the Stemmons Freeway? 15 Secret Service policies were violated using this route according to James Fetzer.
As explained in discussion article The Best Place to Shoot to in Dealey Plaza, Elm Street was ignored as a route. Elm Street is just one block over and people could have easily walked to Elm Street. The two best ambush sites are on the route in blue. These ambush sites are the intersection of Main and Houston and the intersection of Elm and Houston. Shooting pass the intersection would be starting the ambush and typical of how an L-shaped ambush begins.
Continued in Part II