Zapruder Interview Transcript

Live ABC

This transcript is taken from videotape of the live broadcast seen nationwide on ABC on November 22, 1963. The interviewer, seated on the left, is WFAA-TV program director Jay Watson. On the right is Abraham Zapruder. The interview is part of the Museum’s WFAA-TV Collection.

WFAA Zapruder interview


Watson: A gentleman just walked in our studio that I am meeting for the first time as well as you. This is WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas. May I have your name please, sir?

Zapruder: My name is Abraham Zapruder.

Watson: Mr. Zapruda?

Zapruder: Zapruder, yes sir.

Watson: Zapruda. And would you tell us your story please, sir?

Zapruder: I got out in, uh, about a half-hour earlier to get a good spot to shoot some pictures. And I found a spot, one of these concrete blocks they have down near that park, near the underpass. And I got on top there, there was another girl from my office, she was right behind me. And as I was shooting, as the president was coming down from Houston Street making his turn, it was about a half-way down there, I heard a shot, and he slumped to the side, like this. Then I heard another shot or two, I couldn’t say it was one or two, and I saw his head practically open up, all blood and everything, and I kept on shooting. That’s about all, I’m just sick, I can’t …

Watson: I think that pretty well expresses the entire feelings of the whole world.

Zapruder: Terrible, terrible.

Watson: You have the film in your camera; we’ll try to get …

Zapruder: Yes, I brought it on the studio, now.

Watson: … we’ll try to get that processed and have it as soon as possible.
WFAA then shows a videotape of the hearse with Kennedy’s body leaving the Parkland Memorial Hospital driveway. Watson next shows a photograph of the Texas School Book Depository and points to the sixth floor window.

Watson: There is a picture of the window where the gun was allegedly fired from that killed President Kennedy …

Zapruder: I must have been in the line of fire.

Watson: … today. Excuse me; go ahead, sir.

Zapruder: I say I must have been in the line of fire where I seen that picture where it was. I was right on that, uh, concrete block, as I said. And as I explained before, is a sickening scene. At first I thought perhaps it’s a, uh, it sounded like, uh, somebody make a joke, you hear a, a shot and somebody grabs their stomach.

[The interview ends here.]