A new documentary is making a starting claim about one of the biggest news stories of the last 100 years; the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. “JFK: The Smoking Gun” alleges that not only was there a second shooter on that day, but that it was a member of Kennedy’s own Secret Service who pulled the trigger, Agent George Hickey.
The longstanding official version of the events state that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman on the day Kennedy was shot, though many have argued over the years that he did not act alone, if he was part of it at all. The documentary, which debuts November 3 on the Reelz Channel and was announced during a 2013 TCA presentation, says that Hickey pulled the trigger, firing an unintentional second shot.
The documentary is based on the work of Australian police detective Colin McLaren, who spent four years investigating the assassination, using the book “Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK” by Bonar Menninger as his template. McLaren claims that the Secret Service agents were out partying the night before the incident, leaving Hickey hungover the next day. Additionally, McLaren says, “It was his first time in the follow car, his first time holding the assault weapon he was using.”
After the first shot rang out, the documentary theorizes that Hickey grabbed his weapon to return fire, but as his car suddenly stopped, he accidentally pulled the trigger. “We’re not saying this was intentional,” Menninger says, “This was a tragic accident in the heat of the moment.”
Hickey died in 2011. Oswald was killed before he could stand trial for the assassination.