[SystemSafety] The Third Bullet

From: Les Chambers < >
Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:55:13 +1000

A television show on the JFK assassination aired in Australia last night.


JFK: The Smoking Gun is a two-hour docudrama based on the book of the same name by former Australian police detective Colin McLaren. He claims to have spent years on "the forensic cold-case investigation of JFK's assassination" and says he believes he has found "the smoking gun" that killed the president. His conclusion is that a Secret Service agent George Hickey accidentally shot and killed Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald did indeed shoot, but only one bullet hit Kennedy.

McLaren's candidate scenario is as follows:

Three shots are fired at JFK.

The first one (fired by Oswald) misses, ricochets off the road and some shrapnel strikes the president. He is heard to say "God I've been hit."

The second one (fired by Oswald) hits JFK in the back of the neck and passes through also striking Connolly, the governor of Texas.

George Hickey in an open top secret service escort car directly behind the president's vehicle unlatches the safety catch on his AR 15 assault rifle and stands up accidentally discharging his weapon and killing the president. He then falls back into his seat. This third round is a "frangible" round exploding inside the president's head. It is the fatal shot.

At least four witnesses at street level claimed they smelt gun powder. Others testified that they saw Hickey stand up and sit down in the following vehicle. McLaren concludes that the third round could not have come from Oswald's weapon as he was too far away, too high up in the book depository and downwind of the witnesses (a gunpowder smell from his weapon would not have reached the crowd). He also deems it incredible that Oswald would be firing both frangible and nonfrangible rounds.

 The rest of McLaren's supporting evidence is based on the alleged bizarre behaviour of the Secret Service after the assassination. According to McLaren they actively prevented an autopsy being carried out on the president and spirited his body back to Washington. The photographs taken both on the street and at the initial examination in the hospital were confiscated by the Secret Service. The president's brain went missing and has never been found.  

Is this all old news? I had not heard it before. How could it be that no one in the crowd saw Hickey actually discharge the weapon (one witness said she thinks she saw a flash "... and men firing back" - the enquiry did not pursue this line of investigation). It also seems incredible that the Secret Service would protect one of their own (as claimed by McLaren) after he committed such a blunder.  

Any comments.  



Les Chambers
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