'She Climbed Onto the Trunk and Was Reaching
for a Piece of the President's Head': Jackie Kennedy's Secret Service
Agent Recounts Day JFK Was Assassinated
service agent employed to protect Jackie Kennedy has recounted the
terrifying moments after the president's assassination in 1963,
and how the First Lady scrambled to reach his limp body.
memoir, Clint Hill, now 80, reveals his sheer determination
to throw himself between the Kennedys and the bullets as parts of
the president's brain and skull splattered over his shirt.
As he moved
towards Mrs Kennedy, he watched her reaction: 'Her eyes were filled
with terror,' he wrote. 'She was reaching for something. She was
reaching for a piece of the President's head.'
Hill was alongside
the presidential vehicle when John F. Kennedy was shot in the neck
and head before he slumped into his wife's arms while driving through
Dallas, Texas in November 1963.
Hill is the
figure in the famous Zapruder film of the shooting which shows him
climbing onto the back of the president's limousine.
In his book
Mrs Kennedy and Me, Hill recalled the crowds cheering for the motorcade
and the moment he heard an explosion. He looked around and saw the
president grab his throat.
fired a shot at the President, and I had to get myself between the
shooter and the President and Mrs. Kennedy,' he wrote. 'Nothing
Before he could
reach them, two more bullets were shot - the final one hitting the
president in the head, just above his right ear.
was like the sound of a melon shattering onto cement,' he remembered,
adding that the President's blood and parts of his skull splattered
over his clothes, face and hair.
Kennedy, as he always called her, into her seat, the president's
body fell into her arms with his eyes open. 'Jack, Jack, what have
they done to you?' she wailed.
Hill, who has
previously said he could have taken the third bullet had he moved
a second sooner, then had the thought: 'How did I let this happen
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