John F. Kennedy AssassinationBy: Lindsay McCane - July 29, 2013
Many people will never forget the date, November 22,1963; the day the beloved president, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. This year, just weeks before the 50th anniversary of his assassination, a television network will take another look into the historical killing through a documentary/drama that suggests a Secret Service agent was actually responsible by accidentally firing one of the bullets that hit Kennedy.
The show “JFK: The Smoking Gun” will appear on ReelzChannel and will be based on the work of a retired Australian police Detective Colin McLaren and the book “Mortal Error: The Shot that Killed JFK”, by Bonar Menninger. The two-hour docudrama will air on November 3, 2013 in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
“JFK: The Smoking Gun” suggests that an agent, George Hickey, fired one of the bullets that hit Kennedy. Hickey, who is now dead, was amongst those riding in the car behind Kennedy’s limo that day. The official story has always claimed that John F. Kennedy was killed by a single gunman by the name of Lee Harvey Oswald.
It is believed, by McLaren, that Hickey accidentally pulled the trigger when his car came to an abrupt stop once Lee Harvey Oswald had fired the first shot on the president. McLaren and Menninger also believe that the ballistic profiles show that there were two different types of bullets that hit JFK. One of the bullets, a 6.5mm Mannlicher-Carcano, came from Lee Harvey Oswald’s gun while the other bullet hole was believed to be caused by an AR-15; the same gun that Hickey was carrying that day.
“We don’t suggest that he was in any way involved in a conspiracy,” McLaren said about Hickey. Hickey recalled the shooting, in his original statement from 1963, stating that, “At the end of the last report I reached to the bottom of the car and picked up the AR 15 rifle, cocked and loaded it, and turned to the rear. At this point the cars were passing under the over-pass and as a result we had left the scene of the shooting. I kept the AR 15 rifle ready as we proceeded at a high rate of speed to the hospital.
The docudrama’s producers have said that the advances in forensic science and the documents that were released during the Clinton administration have added credibility to Menninger’s theory. McLaren told the Television Critics Association on Sunday, “What we’re saying is that we believe it was a tragic accident in the heat of that moment.”
Our documentary is going to be the only one that has opened the case forensically and looked at the evidence from the beginning and examined everything that happened that day in Dealey Plaza.
Michael Prupas, the film’s executive director