Sunday, September 03, 2006

Final in-car JFK assassination witness Nellie Connally dies at age 87

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Nellie Connally, the last survivor who was in the limosine when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, died Saturday at age 87, CBS News reported. Mrs. Connally was the widow of former Gov. John Connally, who was wounded during the 1963 shooting.

In 2003, Mrs. Connally was interviewed by a CBS-affiliate reporter:
"The weather was beautiful, and the young president stepped off plane and people were ecstatic. We hopped in the car and took off for the parade. I was nervous because I wanted Dallas to be so good to them and I wanted them to be so good to Dallas," Connally told Maggio.

"And they were loving it - and I couldn't restrain myself any longer, and I turned around and said, 'Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you' — and he grinned that wonderful grin he had — and it was just a few seconds — and I heard this loud noise."

The gunfire killed Kennedy and struck her husband.

"I looked back quickly," she continued, "and he had blood up to his neck, and he sort of sunk down in his seat. He said nothing. No expression — strange look in his eyes."

She was unsure what had happened.

"John," she explained, "who was sitting in front of him and was a hunter — knew it was a gunshot. He turned to his right, and he couldn't see him, so he whirled to his left — couldn't see him — and on his way back — the second shot came and hit John Connally — he said, 'My God, they are going to kill us all.'"
A stabilized endless-loop of the Zapruder film showing the Kennedy assassination is now available online.

Many people, of course, believe the Zapruder film as it appears today has been substantially doctored and is a hoax.

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