The “magic bullet” theory in the assassination of US former president John F. Kennedy in 1963 is facing renewed scrutiny in light of a new book by a former Secret Service agent who was in the motorcade that fateful day.
Paul Landis, now 88, was part of the security detail of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy on Nov 22, 1963, when the president was struck by two bullets while riding in a parade through downtown Dallas, Texas. Landis rode in a car directly behind the limousine that was carrying the president and first lady in the back seat, the governor of Texas and his wife in the middle, and two agents in the front.
Landis said he had long believed Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman but eventually began to wonder if additional shooters were involved.
“I didn’t think about it at all for about 45 years, and at that point, it was March 2014 and I started thinking that maybe it was time that I told my story,” Landis told People.com, His book The Final Witness: A Kennedy Secret Service Agent Breaks His Silence After 60 Years is to be published on Tuesday.
According to the inquiry that investigated the assassination, the Warren Commission, three bullets were fired. The first one missed, it said.
The second one was the so-called magic bullet, which was determined to have hit Kennedy in the back, exiting his throat before then hitting Governor John Connally, breaking his rib, exiting his body and entering his wrist and then thigh, with the bullet staying virtually intact.
The third shot was the one that killed Kennedy, striking him in the head.
Landis contends that he found what was