DVD review: Conspiracy buffs will love ‘Smoking Gun’

First Published      Last Updated Mar 08 2014 01:01 am

President John F. Kennedy is seen riding in motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas, Tx., on Nov. 22, 1963. In the car riding with Kennedy are Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, right, Nellie Connally, left, and her husband, Gov. John Connally of Texas. (AP Photo)

Grade • D-

DVD • "JFK: Smoking Gun" is a great example of how, with a little bit of effort and a whole lot of passion, you can produce a whopper of a tale and a certain contingent out there will believe it.

In the case of "Smoking Gun," the gullible will eat up the theory that President John F. Kennedy was killed by a second gunman. That, after Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president in the neck, a Secret Service agent in a trailing car accidentally discharged his rifle and delivered the fatal head shot.

"We're not alleging that this was intentional," said Bonar Menninger, the author of "Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK," the book on which "Smoking Gun" is based. "What we're saying is that we believe it was a tragic accident in the heat of that moment."

It's also a long-disproved tale based on a discredited book that has been repackaged for TV.


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