Last Survivor In JFK Limo
Angrily Disagrees With
Warren Commission
DALLAS (AP) -- Nellie Connally, the last surviving passenger of the car in which former president Kennedy's was assassinated, is reasserting her belief that the Warren Commission was wrong about one bullet striking both JFK and her husband, former Gov. John Connally.
"I will fight anybody that argues with me about those three shots," Connally told Newsweek magazine in its Nov. 23 issue. "I do know what happened in that car. Fight me if you want to."
The Warren Commission concluded in 1964 that one bullet passed through John F. Kennedy's body and wounded Connally, and that a second bullet struck Kennedy's head, killing him. It concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman.
The Connallys maintained that two bullets struck the president in Dealey Plaza 35 years ago and a third hit the governor. John Connally died in 1993 at age 75.
The Warren Commission concluded there also was a bullet that missed the car entirely. Some conspiracy theorists argue that if three bullets struck the men, as the Connallys insisted, and a fourth missed, then there must have been a second gunman because no one person could have fired four rounds from Oswald's bolt-action rifle so quickly.
Connally says in Newsweek that personal notes she wrote a few weeks after the assassination reaffirm her belief of the number of shots.
She said the notes were meant to be a chapter of family history for her three children and grandchildren. After coming across them a few years ago, she began reading excerpts to small groups in Houston and Dallas.
Connally wrote that after hearing the first shot, her husband turned to his right to look back at Kennedy "and then wheeled to the left to get another look at the President. He could not, so he realized the President had been shot."
Then, she wrote, John Connally "was hit himself by the second shot and said, 'My God, they are going to kill us all!"'
According to her notes, that was followed by the third shot that passed through Kennedy's head.
She wrote: "With John in my arms and still trying to stay down ... I felt something falling all over me ... My eyes saw bloody matter in tiny bits all over the car. Mrs. Kennedy was saying, 'Jack! Jack! They have killed my husband! I have his brains in my hand.'"