Paul Landis was at the centre of a pivotal moment in US political history
Paul Landis stood guard outside Parkland Memorial Hospital’s Trauma Room No 1 as Fr Oscar Huber rushed past. It was just before 1pm on Friday, November 22, 1963. Less than half an hour earlier, Landis had been riding on the running board of a Secret Service car when he witnessed President John F Kennedy’s murder up close as the motorcade drove through Dallas’s Dealey Plaza.
Now, as the 28-year-old agent kept an eye on his official protectee, the stunned first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, he watched Huber enter the trauma room to deliver Kennedy’s last rites.