DALLAS, Tuesday, November 7, 2000: Jean Hill has
passed away today.
Hill, the "woman in red" made famous by
her appearance in a bright
red coat the Zapruder film and Oliver Stone's "JFK"
died early today
after being rushed to the hospital from her home. Her cause of
not yet known. A mother and school teacher at the time of the
assassination, Hill had been in poor health the last few years.
Hill, standing on Elm Street next to
her friend Mary Moorman, was only a
few feet from the presidential limousine and was one of the closest
witnesses to the assassination of President Kennedy and the wounding
Governor Connally. Both heard the shots and saw the President
her autobiography, "Jean Hill: The Last Dissenting Witness,"
Sloan with Jean Hill, Slone Hill, 1992) she wrote, "Then
looked up and just about that time he grabbed himself across
He fell toward Jackie across the seat. Jackie said, 'My God,
shot him,, and she fell across him." Moorman,s Polaroid
photo became one
of the most widely published still photographs to capture the
Contrary to the official version of
events, Hill claimed to hear four to
six shots and she also alleged she saw a man running up the hill
from where she stood. That area is now referred to as the grassy
Thinking this man could be the shooter, she ran across the street
joined others searching behind the wooden fence.
After the assassination Hill was interviewed
by both print and
television media at times with embarrassing results. Her statement
seeing "a little white dog" in the rear seat with the
President and Mrs.
Kennedy was actually her attempt to explain something she caught
glimpse of. Because there was no dog in the car later newsmen
assassination researchers would ridicule her account. However,
learned, more than twenty-five years later, that a small white
animal was on the back seat. A child had presented Jackie Kennedy
stuffed animal similar to Shari Lewis' Lamb Chop.
To another reporter she gave her home
address on national television not
realizing it would be broadcast around the world.
After refusing to travel to Washington
to testify for the Warren
Commission, Hill finally agreed to be interviewed in Dallas then
withdrew for many years. She seldom agreed to speak of her experiences.
In fact, not until 1990 when author Jim Marrs contacted her did
agree to meet with him and director Oliver Stone and relate her
Stone went on to use Hill as one of the main characters in his
along with the film,s leading man, Kevin Costner, became a fan
charming but feisty personality.
Always dressed in red, in the last
few years Hill would speak at student
gatherings and attend JFK assassination events. Fearlessly, Hill
tell each interviewer, "All I know is I heard more than
three shots and
at least one of them came from behind the fence at the top of
Hill is survived by a son, Billy, and
a daughter, Jeanne. Funeral
arrangement information will be forthcoming.
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