Hudson was employed by the Dallas Park Department as a groundskeeper in Dealey Plaza. As President Kennedy approached him, Hudson was standing with two other men on a stairway on the grassy knoll north of Elm Street, about 33 feet (10 m) from the corner of a stockade fence atop the knoll. He heard a total of three shots, and said that the second shot was the one that hit the President in the head. He believed the shots came from the direction of the Texas School Book Depository. He testified to the Warren Commission that he saw no one with a gun except police officers.
Hudson was also interviewed for the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1979, during which he confirmed his Warren Commission testimony, and said that he did not think that any shot was fired from behind the stockade fence.
- Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.
- Ancestry.com. Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.
- U.S. Census, April 15, 1910, State of Arkansas, County of Arkansas, enumeration district 1, p. 8-A.
- map of Dealey Plaza by Donald Roberdeau.
- FBI interview of Emmett Hudson, Nov. 25, 1963, Warren Commission Document 5, Gemberling Report of 30 November 1963, p. 30.
- Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives, p. 605, n. 155.
- Warren Commission Testimony of Emmett J. Hudson.
- Moorman photo of the assassination. Emmett Hudson is the middle of three men standing on the stairway.
- Emmett Hudson in the Zapruder and Nix films.
- Towner photo of the aftermath on the grassy knoll. Hudson is sitting on the stairs.
- Bond photo of the aftermath on the grassy knoll. Hudson is at the top of the stairs. "Well, as soon as everybody realized what had happened, you know, everybody went to going up the hill so we did too."