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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Did Secret Service kill Kennedy?

President John F. Kennedy in Dallas
President John F. Kennedy in Dallas

Weeks before the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this fall, ReelzChannel will take another look at the killing in a docudrama that suggests a Secret Service agent fired one of the bullets that felled Kennedy.

“JFK: The Smoking Gun” is based on the work of retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren and the book “Mortal Error: The Shot that Killed JFK” by Bonar Menninger.

McLaren spent four years combing through evidence from Kennedy’s death on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas. He and Menninger also relied on ballistics evidence from an earlier book by Howard Donahue.

The two-hour docudrama airs Nov. 3 in the U.S., Canada and Australia. It suggests that agent George Hickey fired one of the bullets that hit Kennedy. Hickey, who is now dead, was riding in the car behind Kennedy’s limo that day.

“What we’re saying is that we believe it was a tragic accident in the heat of that moment,” McLaren told the Television Critics Association on Sunday.

When Lee Harvey Oswald fired his first shot, McLaren said Hickey responded by trying to fire back on Oswald’s position using his Secret Service-issued rifle. But because he was inexperienced with the weapon and the car lurched forward, McLaren said the shot went awry and accidentally hit Kennedy, who was struck in the neck but quite possibly not fatally wounded by Oswald’s second shot.

“We don’t suggest that he was in any way involved in a conspiracy,” McLaren said of Hickey.

The Warren Commission report in the 1960s concluded that Oswald was the lone gunman in officially explaining the assassination.

The program is ReelzChannel’s second Kennedy-related offering. In 2011, the cable channel aired “The Kennedys” after History Channel dropped the miniseries amid reports that the real-life Kennedy family was unhappy about the project.


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3 thoughts on “Did Secret Service kill Kennedy?”

  1. What difference does it make? Kennedy is still dead and it’s 50 years later. What’s going to change?

  2. While theoretically possible, this scenario fails because of just one glaring impossibility.

    Photos and videos of the motorcade show the agents in the follow car standing on running boards of a specially built limousine. Not a rifle in sight. The timing between shots one and two have been estimated at 5 seconds.

    During that five seconds Hickey would have to realize what was going on, reach for his weapon, which appears to be (though I could well be wrong, I admit) out of sight on or in the follow car, bring it up pointed towards the lead car, and fire.

    If he was already holding the weapon it might be possible, but I’ve yet to find any photographic evidence that he was doing that.

    Beyond that impossibility, there are other problems with the scenario:

    There are exactly zero eyewitness accounts to support the scenario in the docudrama to support the conclusion, so far as I know. And there were lots of eyewitnesses standing about.

    But most importantly, how many people would have to have been involved in a coverup of this magnitude? Rationally, realistically, what is the probability that this coverup could have held together for almost 50 years? In my opinion, the probability is between slim and none and Slim left for the mountains a LONG time ago.

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