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Rider in JFK's car disputes Warren panel

Published Sep. 14, 2005

Nellie Connally, the last surviving passenger of the car in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, is reasserting her belief that the Warren Commission was wrong about one bullet striking both JFK and her husband, the late Gov. John Connally.

"I will fight anybody that argues with me about those three shots," Mrs. 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 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 on Nov. 22, 1963.

The Connallys maintained that two bullets struck the president and a third hit the governor. Connally died in 1993 at 75.

The Warren Commission concluded there also was a bullet that missed the car. Some conspiracy theorists argue that if three bullets struck the men and a fourth missed, there must have been a second gunman because no one could have fired four rounds from Oswald's rifle so quickly.

Mrs. Connally says in Newsweek that personal notes she wrote a few weeks after the assassination reaffirm her belief on the number of shots.

Mrs. Connally wrote that after hearing the first shot, Connally turned to the right and the left and realized the president had been shot.

Then, she wrote, 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 I felt something falling all over me. . . . Mrs. Kennedy was saying, "Jack! Jack! They have killed my husband! I have his brains in my hand.' "