Rumor: JFK accidentally shot by Secret Service agent

President John F. Kennedy, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Texas Gov. John Connally are shown as their limousine heads for Air Force One at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio on Nov. 21, 1963.

Was the most famous assassination in American history really the result of a Secret Service agent with a hangover?

UNCONFIRMED: But there is a mountain of evidence saying it's not true.

Lone gunman. Grassy knoll. Et cetera. Et cetera. Many a person has been sucked down into the wormhole that is John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories. But not everyone also gets his or her own cable documentary.

As The Philadelphia Inquirer  and others report, Reelz channel is using the 50th anniversary of the president's slaying as an excuse to broadcast "JFK: The Smoking Gun," a documentary that proposes that there was a second gunman and that he was a Secret Service agent who fired an accidental and mortal shot. We've been here before. According to the Enquirer, one of the contributors to the documentary, Bonar Menninger, is also the author of the 1992 book “Mortal Error: The Shot that Killed JFK.” That book featured the same theory: that an agent named George Hickey, still recovering from a hangover, accidentally discharged his gun when his car lurched to a stop and fired the bullet that killed Kennedy.

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Here's the problem with that, or any other theory that suggests anyone other than Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter: It has to go up against mountains of evidence suggesting otherwise. That includes the initial "Warren Report" and all the subsequent reports afterward that followed up on its lead.

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There's also this: George Hickey is no longer around to defend himself. Hickey sued Menninger's publishing house when the book accusing him of the accidental shooting came out. But he died two years ago. A call by MSN News believed to be made to a home owned by Hickey's family was not answered, and a message so far has not been returned.

 

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