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JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness

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It seems surprising that there has never before been a book by Jean Hill, familiar to JFK assassination buffs as "the lady in red" who was standing only feet away from the presidential car when the shots were fired. She testified and insisted through years of discouragement, disbelief and distortions on the part of investigators, the FBI, the Warren Commission and others, that she saw an unidentifiable man firing from the grassy knoll and later a person who looked exactly like Jack Ruby running toward that man. Readers of this swollen account, coauthored with a Dallas journalist, will discover that Hill early on decided to add nothing further, having been intimidated by frequent phone threats, the sabotage of her car and an alarming move against one of her children. Only when she came to know Jim Marrs, author of one of the books on which Oliver Stone's film JFK was based , and later the movie people themselves, did she come out of her shell and rejoice in her standing as the last living major dissenting witness. Her tale is often engaging, sometimes infuriating; the feisty schoolteacher emerges ultimately as something of a folk heroine. Much of the later sections of the book, in which Hill becomes starry-eyed about the movie folk, could have been severely trimmed. Still, her story is salutary for those overly respectful of official authority.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (December 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589806727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589806726
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By bookdealers2 on November 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Jean Hill saw President Kennedy shot and she believed that at least one of the shooters was on the grassy knoll behind the fence and she estimated that between 4 and 6 shots were fired. Her story was heavily disputed by first the Secret Service who kept her in custody for hours on that fateful day, the CIA agent who was present in her first meeting with the FBI, and the FBI who interviewed her extensively for days after the assassination, as well as the Warren Commission's attorney who humiliated and intimidated her before taking her testimony for the Warren Commission.
Some of the most interesting facts presented in this book are:
1. Jean Hill saw Jack Ruby run at break-neck speed from the Texas Book Depository to the fence on the grassy knoll immediately after the shooting of JFK, as she ran towards the fence where she thought the shooter was.
2. She saw a man in a Dallas-police uniform holding a rifle and standing behind the fence on the grassy knoll, immediately after the shooting, right before she was grabbed and escorted away by two Secret Service men.
3. Her boyfriend was J.B. Marshall, the Dallas police officer who was on a motorcycle to the left rear of the president's car and who's helmet and bike got splattered with JFK's blood and brains.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Brown on March 29, 2006
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Just some thoughts on Jean Hill and her book.
The only book I've purchased and read so far regarding the JFK assassination that gives you an insight on how (in this case) one of the witnesses life was affected by being in Dealy Plaza on that fateful day.
She like most of the witnesses in Dealy Plaza said that she thought the shots came from the 'Grassy knoll'. She was man handled by so-called 'secret agents' 'Magic bullet man' also grilled her about her affair with a Dallas motorcycle Cop. He also goaded her about the `White dog she saw' which turned out to be White toy given to Jackie.
Jean and her young daughter were involved in a car crash, her Lover and a mechanic friend of his checked out the car and found that the track rod ends had come loose. They like any mechanical minded person came to the conclusion that the car had been tampered with. Track rod ends just don't come loose so easily, if they did cars by necessity would have radically different steering assemblies.
If you believe as I do that the witnesses in the Plaza were correct in their recollections of where the shots came from and also in their contact with (according to the official report NON EXISTANT) Dallas cops and Federal \ secret officials just minutes after the tragedy, then there must have been a conspiracy.
Some reviewers have described this book as nothing more than a novel, so I looked up the words definition in the 'Collins English dictionary'
Novel: An extended work in prose, either fictitious or partly so.
I see, it's a novel because some reviewers disagree with Jeans recollections or because her recollections changed over the years. SO WHAT.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cecil Small on January 12, 2012
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The lady in red, Jean Hill, never wavered in her testimony that she heard 4-6 shots and the came from the grassy knoll, and saw Jack Ruby running up there; despite his long string of two bit alibi's. When the warren ommission's attorney, Arlen Specter, butchered her testimony, she told him, "well you can go straight to hell!" And Gordon Shanklin, of the FBI, harrassed her for years.


Please read her book.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2003
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This is a great eyewitness account of the events that day, and provides more proof that the assassination of JFK was an inside job. The objective reader can only conclude that our own government not only killed JFK, but also did everything possible to cover it up. Should be added to any JFK buff's library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Couteau on October 28, 2013
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Jean Hill or the "Lady in Red" was the witness standing closest to JFK's Lincoln limo when he was gunned down. She was bullied, intimidated, and threatened by various government agencies and by Arlen Specter himself, the inventor of the so-called magic bullet theory, because she refused to lie about what she saw (a man with a rifle behind the wooden fence on the grassy knoll) and heard (four to six shots) on that awful day in Dallas. After being harassed, grilled, and worn down by the FBI, who continued to subject her to humiliating interviews month after month, her car was tampered with (not once but twice) and she was almost killed in a crash. Afterward, her son almost died in an obliviously intentional hit and run. Yet, Jean was lucky because, unlike dozens of other witnesses who died suspicious deaths in the months ahead, she survived long enough to be embraced by the devoted JFK research community, who offered her support and honor after decades of living in relative isolation with her story. Of all the many books I've read on the conspiracy to kill JFK, this one remains the most touching, partially because it involves an innocent person who - although victimized and deeply traumatized by it - managed to summon an uncommon amount of bravery, valor, and courage. In years to come, when the true story of JFK's innovative administration and tragic death can no longer be held under wraps, Jean Hill will increasingly be regarded as the kind of great American we should aspire to, while treasonous figures such as James Angleton, J. Edgar Hoover, LBJ, and Arlen Specter will be increasingly vilified and recognized as the rats that they most certainly were.
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