A JFK Secret Service Agent’s New Revelation About His Assassination Could Upend the ‘Lone Gunman’ Theory

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A former Secret Service agent who was accompanying John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy on the day of the president’s assassination is sharing his account of November 22, 1963 and it may contradict what we have been told about the fateful day that altered the course of American history.

Paul Landis was assigned to guard the first lady during Kennedy’s presidency and was part of the motorcade riding behind the presidential limousine that Jackie would later crawl out of after her husband was shot dead in the back seat during a visit to Dallas, Texas.

Since leaving the service not long after the president’s death, Landis has kept his memories of the day to himself — partially due to his struggle to process what happened. However, he spoke with The New York Times ahead of the October 11 release of his memoir, The Final Witness: A Kennedy Secret Service Agent Breaks His Silence After Sixty Years and the details revealed cast doubt on the much-discussed “magic bullet” that killed JFK.

"The Final Witness" by Paul Landis


The “magic bullet” theory was put forward by the Warren Commission and was included in a report about the findings of the investigation into the president’s murder. The report concluded that one of the bullets shot into the car struck Kennedy and hit Texas Gov. John B. Connally Jr. in his back, chest, wrist and thigh.

Among the evidence that led the Warren Comission to that conclusion is the fact that the bullet was found on a stretcher believed to have been used by Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital. Landis, however, is now claiming it was him who put it there.

He told The New York Times that, upon arriving at the hospital after the shooting, he spotted the bullet lodged in the back of the seat Kennedy had been sitting in.

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