JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness

JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness

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By (author) Bill Sloan, With Jean Hill, Foreword by Oliver Stone

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  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
  • Format: Paperback | 255 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • ISBN 10: 1589806727
  • ISBN 13: 9781589806726

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"Her tale is often engaging . . . the feisty schoolteacher emerges ultimately as something of a folk heroine." -Publishers Weekly November 22, 1963, is a day not easily forgotten. A sunny, picturesque Dallas day quickly turned into calamity when several mysterious shots descended on the presidential motorcade at Dealey Plaza near the Texas School Book Depository. Amid the confusion were two people with unique vantage points: Abraham Zapruder and Jean Hill. Zapruder, armed with his Super Eight camera, filmed what would be the only movie footage of the assassination. Hill, the woman in red in the Zapruder film, stood less than ten feet away from the presidential limousine facing the now-famous grassy knoll. From there, she saw a gunman fire the shot that exploded the president's skull. That gunman was not Lee Harvey Oswald. Despite years of inner turmoil and harassment from the Secret Service, FBI, CIA, and Warren Commission, this courageous Dallas schoolteacher has held firm to her belief that the truth must be known about what happened the day the president was murdered. Working as a key consultant on the Oliver Stone film JFK inspired Hill to finally tell of her ordeal. "My friendship with Oliver Stone and his belief in me gave me the confidence I needed to do this book," Hill says. JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness tells the rest of Jean Hill's story--the part to which the film merely alludes. With the help of Bill Sloan, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and veteran Dallas newspaperman, Hill reveals long-kept secrets that federal authorities tried desperately to suppress. Hill is the last major witness to publicly dispute the findings of the Warren Commission. Her gripping, intimate account of that fateful autumn day, and the web of intrigue and conspiracy that followed, reveals more than ever the clumsiness and inaccuracy of the Warren Report. Oliver Stone provides the foreword to what may well be the most thought-provoking story surrounding the Kennedy assassination.

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"Jean's a pretty terrific lady. She's rock-solid, a woman who speaks the truth. She's given me a bird's eye view of the Kennedy assassination. I believe her." Oliver Stone "Considering her proximity as an eyewitness in Dealey Plaza, her insider knowledge of the Dallas police, and her treatment by federal authorities, Jean Hill may well be the most important assassination witness alive today. Her story deserves close scrutiny by every citizen." Jim Marrs, author of Crossfire "Jean Hill is the one constant factor in the whole assassination story. She's a genuine patriot and her story is what America is all about." Jim Garrison, former New Orleans district attorney "Her tale is often engaging . . . the feisty schoolteacher emerges ultimately as something of a folk heroine." -Publishers Weekly JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness is the gripping story of Jean Hill's incredible ordeal which began when she saw a gunman on the famous grassy knoll fire the shot that exploded the president's skull. That sunny, November, Dallas day turned into calamity. The country would never forget, and neither would Jean Hill. Working as a key consultant on the Oliver Stone film JFK, Hill was inspired to finally tell her full story. In JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness, we learn about Hill's years of death threats, official intimidation, and harassment by the F.B.I. and the Warren Commission. In this highly personal story, Hill reveals her furtive romance with a married Dallas police officer in the presidential motorcade, and her struggle to keep her sanity, her career, and her life together as a single mother of two children while being caught up in the greatest murder mystery of the century.