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.
A 22-year-old plumber in 1963, Newman is still alive. He was recently profiled by the Dallas Morning News. His story of what happened that day has not changed over the years.
Watch the TV interview of Newman within hours of JFK’s assassination. He talked about the origins of the gunshot that killed the president
On a personal note, I first met Bill Newman in person in 2005, when he was a still-active plumber in his 60s. I saw him again in Dealey Plaza on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.
In my conversations with him, I found him a down-to-earth man, plainspoken and modest. I didn’t ask him about any theories. I asked him about his impressions. He told the same story he told on November 22, 1963: that his strong sense was that the bullet came from behind him, i.e. from behind the stockade fence on the place known as the grassy knoll.
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