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Mysteries of Slavdom – The Babushka Lady

The Babushka Lady – This is not actually Slavic mystery or maybe it is? Who knows? I put it here because of his name. The Babushka Lady is a nickname for an unknown woman present during the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy who might have photographed the events that occurred in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza at the time President John F. Kennedy was shot. Her nickname arose from the headscarf she wore similar to scarves worn by elderly Russian women.

The Babushka Lady was seen to be holding a camera by eyewitnesses and was also seen in film accounts of the assassination. (бабушка – babushka – means “grandmother” or “old woman” in Russian). h/t:(source)

She was observed standing on the grass between Elm and Main streets and she can be seen in the Zapruder film as well as in the films of Orville Nix, Marie Muchmore, and Mark Bell (44 seconds and 49 seconds into the Bell film: even though the shooting had already taken place and most of her surrounding witnesses took cover, she can be seen still standing with the camera at her face).

After the shooting, she crossed Elm Street and joined the crowd that went up the grassy knoll in search of a gunman. She is last seen in photographs walking east on Elm Street and neither she nor the film she may have taken have been positively identified. She was never recognized.

What do you think?

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