There is much to gain from analyzing footage taken in Dealey Plaza that day, either it be of film or photographs. AP press photographer James Altgens took one of the most famous photographs called “Altgens 6”. In this photo we can see that Kennedy is reacting to something, presumably a shot or two. We can also see Clint Hill standing on the right side of the Secret Service car, Queen Mary. But what is he looking at?
This is what Clint Hill told the Warren Commission:
“I heard a noise from my right rear, which seemed to be a firecracker. I immediately looked to my right and, in so doing, my eyes had to cross the Presidential limousine and I saw President Kennedy grab at himself and lurch forward and to the left.”
Representative Hale Boggs: “This was the first shot?”
Clint Hill: “This is the first shot I heard; yes, sir. I jumped from the car, realizing that something was wrong, ran to the Presidential limousine. Just about as I reached it, there was another sound…”
While Clint Hill attempted to explain his actions with a nebulous and very short time span in the form of shot‐danger‐run‐sequence, it is easy to see why this is wrong and perhaps a case of a created false reality not holding together. Some researchers have said that Clint Hill tells the truth, while the Zapruder film is not. I believe this is both right and wrong; actually both Hill and the film are lying. Here is why I believe that:
Mr. SPECTER: “Now, what is your best estimate on the time‐span between the first firecracker‐type noise you heard and the second shot which you have described?”
Mr. HILL: “Approximately 5 seconds.”
Mr. SPECTER: “Now, did the impact on the President's head occur simultaneously, before, or after the second noise, which you have described?”
Mr. HILL: “Almost simultaneously.”
Representative FORD: “Did you see the President put his hands to his throat and chest while you were still on the follow‐up car, or after you had left it?”
Mr. HILL: “As I was leaving. And that is one of the reasons I jumped, because I saw him grab himself and pitch forward and to the left. I knew something was wrong.”
Representative FORD: “It was 5 seconds from the firecracker noise that you think you got to the automobile?”
Mr. HILL: “Until I reached the handhold, had placed my foot on the left rear step.”
Mr. SPECTER: “How far back of the President's automobile was the Presidential follow-up car when the President's follow‐up car had just straightened out on Elm Street?”
Mr. HILL: “Approximately 5 feet.”
As you can see, in these two statements Clint Hill says that after hearing the first noise he looked back attempting to locate where the noise came from. In doing so he saw Kennedy grab something at his throat. This would mean that some time elapsed between the “noise” (shot or bomb) and the actual time when he leaped off the Queen Mary ‐ and not as he says: “as I was leaving”.
Next Hill claimed it took him five (5) seconds to run from the Secret Service car to Kennedy’s car. And a little later in his testimony he says the distance between the two cars were only five feet.
Illuminating this scenario with some kind of logic, this would mean that Clint Hill started his run approximately one second after the first shot, only to reach the President’s limo some five (actually 6) seconds later, “almost simultaneously” as the fatal head shot occurred.
Now, if the Secret Service car was trailing Kennedy’s car by only five (5) feet, as Hill told the Commission, then it would mean that it took him between five and six seconds to run five feet.
Hill’s claim of at what moment he arrived to the limo is neither correct. If you watch the Zapruder film, you can see that Hill arrives 1,6 seconds after the fatal head shot.
In Marie Muchmore’s film we can actually see the entire run, which takes approximately 0,5 seconds.
This could mean that Clint Hill didn’t start running until he had seen that Kennedy was deadly wounded, right after the “third shot” (which in reality could have been the 9th, 10th or 11th shot).
According to the Warren Commissions version and the Zapruder film, the shooting went on for six seconds, while the Presidential limousine was going at an alleged speed of 12‐15 miles per hour. The Zapruder film actually shows that the average speed of the limo down on Elm Street was five miles per hour, which if it was true was insanely slow.
The Muchmore film also suggests that Clint Hill arrived to a limo that stood still, simply because when he jumped up on to the car, the force of his own speed made his upper body continue forward.
If we then listen to the Secret Service driver Bill Greer, who told the Commission that he floored the gas pedal right after the second shot or close to the third shot. That also has to be a wrongful statement if the films are supposed to be believed. Based on what can be seen in the Zapruder film, as well as in the Nix and Muchmore films, neither Clint Hill nor Bill Greer were telling the truth.
Another question is why did Clint Hill run to the limo at all? Did he run with the intention of protecting the President or to protect the First Lady? If the limo stood still, then Clint Hill’s time of reaction becomes even more questionable, perhaps beyond what can be acceptable.
As it seems, Hill didn’t start to run until after the so‐called third shot, when the shooting had stopped and the President was dead. And let’s not kid ourselves ‐ it was not like the Secret Service agents behind in the Queen Mary were unsure of the outcome after the fatal head shot, since a large part in the back of Kennedy’s head had been blasted out with skull pieces, brain matter and blood that sprayed all over the motorcycle cops and landed everywhere. It is not likely they didn’t take notice of that when it happened right in front of them!
To sum it up: Clint Hill told the Warren Commission that he ran right after the first shot and it took him five (5) seconds to reach the limo. The Zapruder film shows he didn’t reach the car until one second after the third shot, which indicates his run took him six (6) seconds.
What Clint Hill really says is that he jogged on the spot for six seconds. Secondly, Bill Greer couldn’t have floored the gas pedal after the second shot, or before the third, since Hill didn’t get on to the car until one second after the third shot. Instead it looks like Bill Greer waited for Clint Hill to get on to the car before he floored the pedal. It is just another case of cracks in a created false reality.