JFK Killed By Own Secret Service?
A provocative new TV docudrama touts a bold claim: one of John F. Kennedy’s Secret Service agents fired a bullet that hit the president. Airing on Reelz Channel, JFK: The Smoking Gun asserts that now deceased Secret Service agent George Hickey accidentally shot JFK. They aren’t the first to make the claim, either.
In 1992, author Bonar Menninger pushed a similar theory in his book Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK. Hickey was alive at the time and sued Menninger for slander, but the case was dropped because of a statute of limitations expiration. No such cases have yet been brought on JFK: The Smoking Gun.
According to Detective Colin McLaren, the center of the docudrama, a lot of evidence suggests that Menninger may have been onto something. First of all, McLaren says that Hickey was not qualified to operate the rifle he was holding that day. He also says that Hickey may have been overtired or even hung over as he alleges that the Secret Service cadre had been out partying the night before the assassination.
Both Menninger and McLaren don’t believe that Hickey was actively involved in a conspiracy. Instead his shooting of Kennedy was nothing more than a tragic accident. They describe the day’s events as follows: After hearing Lee Harvey Oswald fire his first shot, Hickey turned in the direction of the sound to shoot back at the assailant with his rifle. At that same moment, the car he was riding in stopped suddenly, causing him to accidentally discharge the weapon with which he had little experience. The bullet grazed Kennedy’s neck, and which not a fatal wound, it certainly contributed to the tragic events of that day.
If the events in the documentary are true, then there were indeed two shooters on the day President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed. One trying to end the life of the President of the United States, and another one just trying to do his job, albeit, unsuccessfully.
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