Mary Ann Moorman (born August 5, 1932) is a witness to the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. She is best known for her photograph capturing the presidential limousine a fraction of a second after the fatal shot.
On November 22, 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
Moorman was standing on grass about 2 feet (61 cm) south of the south curb of Elm Street in Dealey Plaza, directly across from the grassy knoll and the North Pergola concrete structure that Abraham Zapruder and his assistant Marilyn Sitzman were standing on — during the assassination. Moorman stated that she stepped off the grass onto the street to take a photo with her Polaroid camera. Zapruder can be seen standing on the pergola in the Moorman photograph, with the presidential limousine already having passed through the line of sight between Zapruder and Moorman.
Both Moorman and her friend, Jean Hill, can be clearly seen in the Zapruder film. Between Zapruder frames 315 and 316, Moorman took a Polaroid photograph, her fifth that day, showing the presidential limousine with the grassy knoll area in the background.
Moorman’s photograph captured the fatal head shot that killed President Kennedy. When she took it – approximately one sixth of a second after President Kennedy was struck in the head at Zapruder frame 313, Moorman was standing behind and to the left of President Kennedy, about 15 feet (5 m) from the presidential limousine. Moorman said in a TV interview that immediately after the assassination, there were three or four shots close together, that shots were still being fired after the fatal head shot, and that she was in the line of fire. She later stated in a 2013 PBS documentary Kennedy Half Century that she was close enough to hear Jackie Kennedy exclaim that John had been shot.
In 2013, Moorman attempted to sell the original polaroid through Cowan’s Auctions in Cincinnati. The photo was expected to sell between $50,000 and $75,000, but did not meet its reserve. It ultimately sold there. She had previously tried selling the photo to Sotheby’s in New York, but the auction house deemed it to be “too sensitive to auction”. That same year, she expressed her opinion on the assassination; she was convinced that Kennedy was killed as a result of a conspiracy. “I really don’t know what exactly happened, but I do know there is bound to be a lot more to the story that hasn’t been told,” she said. “I was hoping it would come out in my lifetime, but who knows. So much has been hidden by the government; anything can take place and it can be hidden. Oswald probably wasn’t a lone person, he probably had backers. I really do think it was a conspiracy”.
The Zapruder Film
The infamous Abraham Zapruder film shot on November 11, 1963, in Dallas, Texas of the assassination.
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