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JFK Secret Service Agent Clint Hill Answers Questions for Lasell Students

February 8, 2013

Retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill, who was present when President John F. Kennedy's was assassinated on November 22, 1963, recently spoke to a group of students, faculty and other members of the community via video as part of a special program.

The event, held for Professor Paul DeBole's "The Conspiracy in American Politics" class, featured an extended video session with Hill, who is often remembered for jumping on the back of the car JFK was riding in after shots rang out to help protect the President and First Lady.

Hill gave a detailed account of what he saw, heard and felt during and after the President's assassination. A question and answer session followed.

Students jumped at the chance to discuss various myths and conspiracies about the assassination. Topics ranged from additional shooters on the grassy knoll the day of the assassination to the alleged last minute parade route change.

"This was a wonderful experience for the students, and apparently for Mr. Hill, he seemed to enjoy it a great deal," said Justice Studies Department Chair Professor Linda Bucci.

"Because we are coming up on the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to track down Agent Hill to talk to the class," said Professor DeBole. "I think it was a great opportunity for students to find out what happened on that day from Hill's perspective and what was going through his mind at one of the most significant dates in U.S. history."

 

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