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Title: Secret Service agent who was with JFK raises new questions about assassination
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URL Source: https://nypost.com/2023/09/10/secre ... ons-about-magic-bullet-theory/
Published: Sep 10, 2023
Author: Patrick Reilly
Post Date: 2023-09-10 10:22:14 by Ada
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Views: 738
Comments: 18

Unseen photo of JFK on day of assassination found in thrift shop CD case A former Secret Service agent who was with President John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated in Dallas nearly 60 years ago has raised new questions about the infamous “magic bullet” theory and the possibility multiple shooters involved.

Paul Landis, now 88, was a young agent tasked with protecting first lady Jackie Kennedy as the president’s motorcade paraded through the city in 1963.

He recalls hearing the gunshot ring out in Dealy Plaza while he was walking just feet away from the president in 1963, he told The New York Times. He then heard an additional two shots and saw Kennedy keeled over in the back of the open limousine.

Landis said he had to duck down to avoid being splattered by brains.

From there, Landis’ account differs from the government’s official findings: In the ensuing chaos, he claims he picked up a bullet that was lodged in the back seat of the car where Kennedy had been sitting and placed it on the president’s hospital stretcher for investigators.

Paul Landis Paul Landis, 88, was just feet away from the President Kennedy when he was killed. Westlake Porter Public Library The 6.5 mm bullet, which had long been thought to have been found on the stretcher of Texas Gov.John Connally after it fell from a wound in his thigh.

Dubbed “the magic bullet,” The Warren Commission concluded that the shot, fired by lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, had incredibly passed through Kennedy’s throat from the rear, then hit Connally’s right shoulder, then somehow also wounded his back, chest, wrist and thigh.

The report found that one of the shots missed the motorcade, another was the “magic bullet,” and the final shot fatally struck Kennedy in the head.

Landis placed the bullet on Kennedy’s stretcher at the hospital, but now believes at some point the bullet shuffled from the president’s to the governor’s stretchers while they were pushed together, he told The Times.

President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally moments before shots rang out on Nov. 22, 1963. REUTERS The Warren Commission ruled out the bullet coming from the president’s stretcher.

“There was nobody there to secure the scene, and that was a big, big bother to me,” Landis said. “All the agents that were there were focused on the president.”


RFK Jr. repeats claim that the CIA killed his uncle John F. Kennedy “This was all going on so quickly,” he continued, “And I was just afraid that — it was a piece of evidence, that I realized right away. Very important. And I didn’t want it to disappear or get lost. So it was, ‘Paul, you’ve got to make a decision,’ and I grabbed it.’”

Landis, who was never interviewed by the Warren Commission, believes that the bullet hit Kennedy but was undercharged and did not penetrate deeply into the president’s body and popped out before he was removed from the vehicle.

He told The Times he always had believed that Oswald was the lone gunman, but six decades later, he questions that conclusion.

“At this point, I’m beginning to doubt myself,” he said. “Now I begin to wonder.”

The bullet, found fully intact, was positively matched to Oswald’s Mannlicher-Carcano through ballistics analysis, The Warren Commission said in its report.

The aging former agent made the bombshell revelations in his upcoming book “The Final Witness,” which will be published by Chicago Review Press on Oct. 10.

Lee Harvey Oswald The Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman in JFK’s assassination. AP James Robenalt, an Ohio-based lawyer and author of several books of history, has intensely researched the assassination and helped Landis work out his memories of that day. He believes Landis’ book will raise new questions about Kennedy’s death.

“If what he says is true, which I tend to believe, it is likely to reopen the question of a second shooter, if not even more,” Robenalt told The Times. “If the bullet we know as the magic or pristine bullet stopped in President Kennedy’s back, it means that the central thesis of the Warren Report, the single-bullet theory, is wrong.”

Which, he added, could mean that Connally was shot by a separate bullet and not by Oswald, whom he believes could not have reloaded fast enough.

Speculation about multiple shooters has been a popular theory since the immediate moments after Kennedy’s assassination.

“Others will have to analyze the evidence in full to see where it now leads,” Robenalt told Vanity Fair.

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#2. To: Ada (#0)

As much as I believe there was foul play in the assassination, I am having a hard time with the idea that a trained security professional would simply set a key piece of evidence on a stretcher in the middle of a chaotic scene like that.

Dakmar  posted on  2023-09-10   13:05:09 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: Dakmar (#2)

It has been said that nobody assassinates the president of the US without first clearing it with the Secret Service.

Ada  posted on  2023-09-10   13:23:32 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: Ada (#7)

I doubt if Squeaky Fromm had any connections, she just didn't know how to operate a firearm.

Dakmar  posted on  2023-09-10   13:29:54 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#11. To: Dakmar (#8)

I agree but how about Mr. Hinckley?

Ada  posted on  2023-09-10   18:50:14 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#12. To: Ada (#11)

Hinckley's family and the family of President George W. Bush have long social, political, and economic ties that have been little reported. Hinckley's brother was scheduled to have dinner at the home of the current President Bush's brother the day after the assassination attempt.

Hinckley - Bush Family Friend - Nears Release

Dakmar  posted on  2023-09-11   6:56:20 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#13. To: Dakmar (#12)

Hinckley is out--free as a bird. Found not guilty by means of insanity because the prosecution helped with the insanity defense.

If Jack Ruby was right about JFK being alive today if he had chosen Adlai Stevenson as his vice president, would Hinckley have shot Reagan had someone other than Bush 41 as his vice prez. (Bush 41 was forced on Regan by the RNC who would not support him unless he chose Bush to complete the ticket.)

Ada  posted on  2023-09-11   14:07:05 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#14. To: Ada (#13)

Then, Ronald Reagan was invited to New York to go see Rockefeller. When he saw Rockefeller, he was told, 'If you do not take my head of the Trilateral Commission'" (remember, the Council on Foreign Relations, George Bush) "'as your running mate, the only way you'll see the inside of the White House is as a tourist.'"


Dakmar  posted on  2023-09-11   14:13:38 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#15. To: Dakmar (#14)

Hinckley came very close, but in the end it didn't matter because by his second term Reagan ad Alzheimer's and Bush 41 was essentially the president.

Ada  posted on  2023-09-11   18:35:20 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

#16. To: Ada (#15)

Of course I can't prove it, but I've always suspected Reagan was given the Garfield treatment once hospitalized. Rather than poking crusty fingers into his abdomen searching for the entry wound, they probably used a soldering iron (magnetized, of course) to cauterize any suspect synapses.

Dakmar  posted on  2023-09-11   20:25:25 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

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#17. To: Dakmar (#16)

Tend to doubt that scenario. If the doctors were in on it, they would have just nicked an artery and blamed it on the bullet.

Ada  posted on  2023-09-12 14:03:53 ET  Reply   Untrace   Trace   Private Reply  

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