Unless you are at least 57 years old, you do not remember dick about the day Kennedy was shot and killed. But, you have lived your life immersed in an ocean of conspiracy theory–Lyndon Johnson killed him, the Mafia Killed him, the CIA killed him or the Cubans/Soviets whacked him. I’m amazed, looking back, that despite his mediocre record as President, coupled with the sin of nepotism, Kennedy is lionized by the generation that did not know him as a great President.
Kennedy had style and a voracious sexual appetite. I’m not sure which attribute is most admired. But I’m not writing to debate his record. I want to flag to you a new book that I believe really settles the case of what happened to John F. Kennedy.
is pretty sure to be the most provocative and controversial declaration we’ll see this month as all of television marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
It’s not a big spoiler to reveal McLaren’s conclusion: that Kennedy died from friendly fire.
I was quite skeptical until I watched the documentary featuring McLaren.
He does not start with any preconceived notion. He is all about the evidence. And the evidence he focuses on is two-fold: 1) the ballistics, and 2) eyewitness testimony.
The ballistic evidence is the most compelling. McLaren supports part of the Warren Commission conclusion, namely, that Oswald fired a shot that hit Kennedy, exited his throat and then passed thru the body of Governor John Connolly. The rounds fired by Oswald were full metal jacket. These are high velocity rounds that are not likely to fragment or explode.
But Oswald did not fire the fatal head shot. That round came from an AR-15 style carbine carried by a Secret Service Agent in the follow car. McLaren posits that the round was an accidental discharge, which occurred when the Agent, reacting to the first shot, grabbed the weapon and raised it. The explosion of Kennedy’s head is consistent with the frangible round fired from an AR-15.
If Oswald was responsible for the fatal head shot, the bullet should have exited from Kennedy’s left cheek. That’s not what we see on the Zapruder film.
McLaren’s case is buttressed by the testimony of at least 11 witnesses on the ground level who smelled gun smoke after the fatal head shot. There is no way in hell that the gas expelled when Oswald fired from the Sixth floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository would have reached the ground.
McLaren does not claim that the Secret Service deliberately shot Kennedy. Nope. It falls into the category of “shit happens.” I recommend the book to you. While it is possible that Johnson, the Mafia, the Cubans, the Soviets and the CIA were happy that Kennedy died, none were likely responsible.