George Hickey, a secret service agent, is blamed for John F Kennedy’s death in a new documentary. JFK: The Smoking Gun, is the work of retired police detective Colin McLaren. Working with Bonar Menninger, McLaren spent four years researching the film.
As reported by New Kerala, the documentary explores the theory that agent Hickey fired one of the two bullets that hit Kennedy. McLaren cites ballistic evidence, which was examined in a book written by Howard Donahue.
Agent George Hickey was riding in the vehicle directly behind the president and his wife. McLaren believes that Hickey fired his gun in response to the first shot, which was fired by Lee Harvey Oswald.
As reported by the Independent, Hickey was out late the previous evening, attending a party with colleagues. McLaren points out that Hickey’s fatigue, combined with lack of experience, likely caused the “tragic accident.”
The documentary suggests that Hickey fired in response to Oswald’s shot. However, the shot missed the intended target, hitting John F Kennedy instead.
McLaren explains that he is not blaming George Hickey for the accidental shooting:
“What we’re saying is that we believe it was a tragic accident in the heat of that moment… We don’t suggest that he was in any way involved in a conspiracy.”
In 1964 the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, came to a much different conclusion. Although the topic is hotly debated, the Commission concluded that John F Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.
As explained at Archives.gov, the commission concluded that all shots “were fired from the sixth floor window at the southeast corner of the Texas School Book Depository.”
The commission also concluded that “the shots which killed President Kennedy… were fired by Lee Harvey Oswald.”
Numerous conspiracy theories have suggested otherwise. However, the Warren Commission Report remains the official explanation and conclusion. George Hickey’s involvement is simply another theory.
McLaren’s film will premier in Australia, the US, and Canada.
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