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Former secret service agents speak about JFK assassination

by Adam Russett on November 22, 2010

It has been 47 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, but for the first time in nearly five decades some of the closest witnesses are speaking out. A pair of secret service agents who were with the president on November 22, 1963, are opening up about their experiences in advance of the release of a new book, CNN reports.

Clint Hill was the first agent to reach the president after he had been struck. He is the man seen on the famous Zapruder film sprinting toward Kennedy's limo after the first bullet hit the president in the neck. By the time he reached the car, however, the third and fatal shot had already hit Kennedy. Hill and another former agent, Jerry Blaine, are interviewed extensively in the The Kennedy Detail, which offers insight into the assassination.

Perhaps most revealing is the burden of guilt that both Hill and Blaine lived with for a significant period afterward. Hill in particular had trouble coping with the events, he became reclusive in the years immediately following.

"I felt that there was something I should have been able to do," he told the news source. "Moved faster, reacted quicker, gotten there just moments quicker, could have made all the difference in the world."

The revealing interviews are making headlines alongside the announcement that Leonardo DiCaprio will be starring in an upcoming role about the JFK assassination, EW.com reports. Legacy of Secrecy is set to come out in 2013, around the time of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, but any conspiracy theories that it raises about whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone are not true, Hill says.

"There's no question in my mind he was the assassin," he told CNN. "I was there. I know what happened."

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