Who killed JFK is probably the great unanswered question of the 20th century. A new documentary will air Sunday November 3rd at 8 on Discovery Canada and it gives a very different answer to that question. Even Oliver Stone will have to admit JFK: The Smoking Gun makes a very good case as to a second shooter and his identity. The answer is shocking and shockingly banal. The cover-up, and there is one here, is not particularly surprising considering the circumstances.
JFK: The Smoking Gun is based on the work of a ballistics expert named Howard Donahue and the investigation years later by Australian homicide detective McClaren using Donahue's findings as a starting point. Donahue was one of the sharpshooters hired by CBS news in the seventies to recreate the events at Daley Plaza. Donahue was the only one able to repeat Lee Harvey Oswald's supposed shooting feat but only on his third try. Donahue was then asked to write an article about his experience and this started him on a life long quest to understand what happened on November 22nd 1963. His findings were published in Mortal Error by Bonar Menninger but that book fell under everyone's radar.
McClaren uses his experience as a homicide detective, information released by the re-investigation ordered by President Clinton, and Donahue's findings.
JFK: The Smoking Gun is very well made. It clearly sets out the story and its case so even those unfamiliar with the basics of the JFK assassination will immediately get the important elements of the case. Actors re-enact what what said by various witnesses and participants. Various computer graphics and so on also do a good job of illustrating McClaren and Donahue's case.
This is a must see documentary.