This photo, taken about 30 seconds after the assassination of JFK, shows a Dallas policeman running toward the so-called “grassy knoll” where two young black people were having lunch.
A half-century ago, two young black people in Dallas found themselves eyewitnesses to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — yet their voices have never been heard. Indeed, a half century later, even their names are unknown.
This young man and woman were sitting on the spot famously dubbed “the grassy knoll” on November 22, 1963. They had a front row seat for a key moment in 20th century U.S. history: the murder of a popular liberal president.
On November 22, 1963, railroad worker S.M Holland was watching the presidential motorcade approach Dealey Plaza from a perch on top of a bridge known as The Triple Underpass.
“I have read the Warren Commission Report in its entirety and dozens of other books as well, I am sorry to say the only thing I am absolutely sure of today is that at least two of the shots fired that day in Dealey Plaza came from behind where I stood on the knoll, not from the book depository.”
–Cheryl McKinnon,a journalism major who witnessed the assassination of President Kennedy. McKinnon went on to become a newspaper reporter for the San Diego Star News. Read more
One perennial question people have about the JFK story is, Who do you believe? One credible witness is a man named Bill Newman. He was there, about 15 feet from JFK, when the gunfire rang out. His testimony is important. Read more
With USA Today picking up on Gayle Nix Jackson’s search for the original version of her grandfather’s film of President Kennedy’s assassination, Gerda Dunckel’s film of Orville Nix talking about what he saw and heard on November 22, 1963, is timely.
JFK Assassination – Orville Nix’s Film Stabilized and Enhanced – YouTube.
This week brought a burst of interest in the tagged posts on George Hickey, the late Secret Service Man who was falsely accused of firing the fatal shot that killed President Kennedy. I was glad to see people are getting the true story.
The bogus “Secret Service Man Did It” conspiracy meme (it doesn’t deserve to be called a theory) has persisted since the publication of a foolish book called Mortal Error in the 1980s. The meme was revived for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination by REELZ Channel and an Australian cop who should know better. And Malcolm Gladwell should definitely know better.
JFK Facts: setting the record straight since 2013.
Orville Nix, a native of Dallas, took this film of JFK’s assassination. But as his granddaughter Gayle Nix Jackson explains on her website, this is NOT the camera original copy of the film. This is a copy of the film Nix gave to the FBI. The original of the film has never surfaced. It if it did, it might contain new visual information about the crime scene — or it might not. The loss of the original shows the lack of seriousness on the part of the FBI in investigating Kennedy’s death.
Cops runs to the grassy knoll
Readers responded to Sunshine Week in Washington by making our story about secrecy around JFK records the favorite story of the week. In self-referential twist, last week’s Top 5 Countdown was the second most popular story of the week thus landing in this week’s countdown. And for the 2nd week in a role the story of cops gravitating to the grassy knoll in the aftermath of JFK’s assassination came in at number 5. As we say in the journalism business, that story has legs.
Earl Golz, reporter
A faithful reader writes,
“Earl Golz may have been a ‘journeyman reporter and editor’ in his time at the Austin Statesman-American, but he was, of course, much more than that in JFK community.”
“Was there a fake Secret Service agent on the grassy knoll?” a reader inquires
This headline from the Dallas Morning News in 1978 provides one answer.
Regarding Richard Charnin’s posited mathematical probability of a shot from the grassy knoll, a reader writes:
“By way of background, my undergrad degree is in electrical engineering. I have 31 semester hours of college math, including a course in probability and statistics.
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The math of tragedy
Richard Charnin, a software consultant, says yes. He made the case on his blog last week. His argument is reprinted here:
Of 121 eyewitnesses, 51 (42%) said shots came from the Grassy Knoll area, 32 from the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD), and 38 had no opinion.
Rare video from Vince Palamara, via JFK Lancer:
Peter Dale Scott’s straightforward interview with Jesse Curry, chief of the Dallas Police Department who was riding at the front of presidential motorcade on November 22, 1963. Curry talks about his observations at the scene of the crime.
Who was Jesse Curry? Spartacus Educational has a good summary.
“I told the FBI what I had heard [two shots from behind the grassy knoll fence], but they said it couldn’t have happened that way and that I must have been imagining things. So I testified the way they wanted me to. I just didn’t want to stir up any more pain and trouble for the family.”
- Kennedy aide Kenneth O’Donnell, quoted by House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. in “Man of the House,” p. 178. O’Donnell was riding in the Secret Service follow-up car with Dave Powers, who was present and told O’Neill he had the same recollection.
Here are the best read JFK Facts stories of 2013 in order of popularity.
Jack Ruby’s ex-flame
1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)
“He was not in love with the Kennedys and he did NOT like Robert Kennedy by no means.”
2) Reelz Channel to air discredited JFK theory (Nov. 2, 2013)
“There is no evidence for this bogus theory: No eyewitness testimony or photographic evidence supports the claim…”