London, Nov 14 (ANI): The Secret Service Agents, who were at former US President John F. Kennedy's side when he was assassinated, have broken their silence after 47 years.
Clint Hill and four other agents discuss the inside story of Kennedy's assassination and their time in the White House in a new book 'The Kennedy Detail', reports the Daily Mail.
The compelling account in the book is Hill, now in his late seventies, who for the first time spoke about those first terrifying minutes in Dallas.He has recalled how he saw the former President collapse into the back of his car and into his wife's blood-splattered arms after being shot while driving through Dallas in November 1963.
The couple were rushed to hospital and on the way Jacqueline Kennedy looked at her dying husband and said: 'Oh, Jack, what have they done? What have they done?'
The most arresting part by far is that of Hill, whose specific duty on the fateful day was to protect the First Lady.
He was running alongside the presidential vehicle when the assassination took place.
"I heard the first shot, saw the president grab his throat, lurch left and I knew something was wrong," he recalled, his voice halting.
"When I got to the presidential vehicle, just as I approached it, a third shot rang out, hitting the president in the head, just above the right ear and left a hole about the size of my palm," he added.
"There were blood and brains spewed about over myself and the car. I helped Mrs Kennedy get in the back seat and the President fell into her lap. I was quite sure it was a fatal wound. The First Lady was in shock. She was doing the best she could, she was covered in blood," Hill said.
With the release of their book, the former agents hope to set the record straight and put the assassination conspiracy theories to rest.
"Most of history today has been written by what I call a cottage industry called 'conspiracy'. 'If we didn't speak up and give a balance to this, history would never know exactly what happened," said ex-agent Gerald Blaine. (ANI)