Robert H. Jackson (photographer)

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Robert H. Jackson's prize-winning photograph of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald

Robert "Bob" Hill W. Jackson (born April 8, 1934) is an American photographer. In 1964, Jackson, then of the Dallas Times-Herald, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his photograph of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.[1][2][3][4]

Jackson was riding in a media car convertible of President John F. Kennedy's motorcade through Dealey Plaza, and, had just used up the film in the camera he was using just prior to reaching the plaza. He has stated that three seconds after the third and final volley of shots that he remembered hearing, he looked at the Texas School Book Depository and he saw some men together on its fifth floor looking out their window pair while they were looking upwards, above themselves. Jackson then looked upwards at the sixth floor, farthest east, half-open window above those men and he briefly saw about half of a rifle, including 8" to 10" of its wood stock, being withdrawn from the window, but Jackson did not remember seeing a scope on the weapon, nor did he see an assassin's face, body, nor arms holding the weapon. Jackson, as did the "substantial majority" of the Dealey Plaza known witnesses that were interviewed for and documented by the Warren Commission,[5] has also stated that of the three volleys of shots he remembered hearing, the second and third shots were bunched distinctly much closer together in time, than were the first two volleys of shots.[6]

In later life, Jackson was a staff photographer for the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. He retired from the Gazette in 1999. He has three daughters, two sons from his wife's previous marriage and a son with his current wife. He also has 10 grandchildren.



  • Warren Commission Report, page 115 on YouTube: "A substantial majority of the witnesses stated that the shots were not evenly spaced. Most witnesses recalled that the second and third shots were bunched together" published by the United States Government Printing Office, retrieved 11-17-12
  • Robert Jackson interview in Dealey Plaza on YouTube; 1999 TV documentary segment, Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs, retrieved from YouTube 11-17-12
  • Jackson II, Robert (2009). "My Father"

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