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The Babushka Lady

During the analysis of the film footage of the assasination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, a mysterious woman was spotted. She was wearing a brown overcoat and a scarf on her head (the scarf is the reason for her name as she wore it in a similar style to Russian grandmothers – also called babushkas). The woman appeared to be holding something in front of her face which is believed to be a camera. She appears in many photos of the scene. Even after the shooting when most people had fled the area, she remained in place and continued to film. Shortly after she is seen moving away to the East up Elm Street. The FBI publically requested that the woman come forward and give them the footage she shot but she never did.

In 1970 a woman called Beverly Oliver came forward and claimed to be the Babushka Woman, though her story contains many inconsistencies. She is generally regarded as a fraud. To this day, no one knows who the Babushka Woman is or what she was doing there. More unusual is her refusal to come forward to offer her evidence.

In the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Babushka Lady is a nickname for an unknown woman 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 (бабушка – babushka – means "grandmother" or "old woman" in Russian).
Babushka Lady was seen to be holding a camera by eyewitnesses and was also seen in film accounts of the assassination (such as this Muchmore frame and Zapruder Frame 285). 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 shootings, 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.

When JFK was shot in 1963, a major effort was made to round up all witnesses to the event in order to either make a statement and aid in the official investigation or else be accounted for.  To date, most people present have been identified, but one figure standing quite prominently in the Zapruder film is seen holding a camera at an angle that could have offered new evidence in the case.  And neither she nor her film have ever been found.

The Babushka Lady, as she is called is the lady that is mostly covered in a scarf very similar to the kind a Russian Babushka or old woman would wear.  In the Zaprudder film she can be seen with a camera filming or taking pictures of the scene just as Kennedy is shot.  And yet despite her prominent appearance she soon vanished after the event before police could identify her.  A number of people have come forward, including the most prominent Beverly Oliver who would appear in several documentaries and be interviewed dozens if not hundreds of times about the event.  But despite this, the woman in the film shared few to no features as Ms. Oliver who was 17 at the time and clearly not the build of the mysterious figure in the footage.

But Oliver was related to the Kennedy assassination in at least one way other than her presence at Dealey Plaza that November afternoon.  She knew Jack Ruby, and was a dancer at a competing club in town.  Oliver claimed that her camera, a model that had not yet been invented, was confiscated by FBI agents before she could get away, but this has been proven to be a suspicious claim on several levels.  First, the camera she said was taken from her was clearly not one that could have been in the consumer market yet.  Second, the position she said she was in was behind two other witnesses - Charles Brehm and son.

So if it wasn't Oliver, who was it?  A film developer, Jack Harrison, came forward the same day as Kennedy's assassination in response to a request by FBI agents interested in pictures of the event.  He said the woman he developed the pictures for was a 30-something brunette with the same general build as the woman depicted as the Babushka lady on film.  Furthermore, the photographs he would develop would be at the exact position the Babushka Lady would have been in.  Unfortunately, because the photographs were Kodaks, there were no negatives and the woman left no contact information behind.  She simply disappeared into the night after that leaving behind a great mystery compounding another great mystery that some believe even today remains largely unsolved.

But theories about who she was are not in short supply by any means.  The Babushka lady has been said to be a man in drag, a Russian spy, a premeditated witness to the assassination, a secret service agent, an alien, and anything else imaginable to shroud her ever more in mystery.  And as time goes on the mystery becomes only more perplexing.


The Babushka Lady never came forward. The police and the FBI did not find her, and the film shot from her position never turned up, despite a request by the FBI to local photo processors that they would be interested in any pictures or films of the assassination. Jack Harrison, a Kodak technician in Dallas, claimed to have developed on November 22, 1963, the day of the assassination, an out-of-focus color slide for a brunette in her late 30s that showed a view similar to the Babushka Lady's position.

Beverly Oliver

In 1970, a woman named Beverly Oliver came forward and claimed to be the Babushka Lady. She had worked in 1963 as a singer and dancer at a strip club that competed with Jack Ruby's Carousel Club. In 1994, she released a memoir chronicling the events of the day of Kennedy's assassination, but she has not been able to provide convincing proof she was there. Oliver says her film was taken by Federal agent Regis Kennedy and never returned.
Critics have noted a number of inconsistencies with her story, such as her alleged use of a model of camera that did not exist in 1963, and her claim to have positioned herself just behind Charles Brehm and his son, despite Brehm's statement that he and his son had hurried to that position at the last moment. Also, the fact that the Babushka lady appears to be a stout, middle-aged woman, whereas Oliver was 17 at the time of the assassination, tends to cast doubts on Oliver's claims.
Oliver was played by Lolita Davidovich in the 1991 film JFK, but is not portrayed as claiming to be the Babushka Lady. In the director's cut she is depicted as wearing a head scarf at Dealey Plaza and speaking of having given the film she shot to two men claiming to be FBI agents.
In the 1992 film Ruby, the character of Candy Cane, portrayed by Sherilyn Fenn, is shown in Dealey Plaza filming the motorcade and wearing a babushka scarf. Though the character is a singer and nightclub performer, there is no evidence that she is based in any meaningful way on Beverly Oliver.