‘Final witness’: Secret Service agent with JFK reveals new info about ‘magic bullet,’ now has doubts Oswald acted alone


A Secret Service agent who was with then-President John F. Kennedy during his 1963 assassination now doubts that Lee Oswald had acted alone.

“At this point, I’m beginning to doubt myself. Now I begin to wonder,” former Secret Service agent Paul Landis told The New York Times in an interview this weekend.

The interview comes after years — decades, in fact — of Landis trying to forget what happened.

“Mr. Landis has spent most of the intervening years fleeing history, trying to forget that unforgettable moment etched in the consciousness of a grieving nation,” according to the Times.

“The memory of the explosion of violence and the desperate race to the hospital and the devastating flight home and the wrenching funeral with John Jr. saluting his fallen father — it was all too much, too torturous, so much so that Mr. Landis left the service and Washington behind.”

But recently he finally got to the point that he could read and think about what happened. And this is how he came to realize that something wasn’t right with the official narrative surrounding JFK’s horrific death.

His memory challenges the theory advanced by the Warren Commission that has been the subject of so much speculation and debate over the years — that one of the bullets fired at the president’s limousine hit not only Kennedy but Gov. John B. Connally Jr. of Texas, who was riding with him, in multiple places,” the Times notes.

It’s the “magic bullet” theory, and according to the Times, it boils down to “a copper-jacketed 6.5-millimeter projectile” that the Warren Commission says “struck the president from behind, exited from the front of his throat and continued on to hit Mr. Connally, somehow managing to injure his back, chest, wrist and thigh.”

The Warren Committee reached this conclusion because the bullet “was found on a stretcher believed to have held Mr. Connally at Parkland Memorial Hospital, so they assumed it had exited his body during efforts to save his life.”

But Landis, who was never interviewed by the commission, has cried foul, claiming that is NOT what happened.

“In fact, he said, he was the one who found the bullet — and he found it not in the hospital near Mr. Connally but in the presidential limousine lodged in the back of the seat behind where Kennedy was sitting,” according to the Times.

When he found the bullet, he grabbed it to keep it out of the hands of souvenir hunters.

“There was nobody there to secure the scene, and that was a big, big bother to me. All the agents that were there were focused on the president. This was all going on so quickly. 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,” he recalled to the Times.

But then he left the bullet “next to Kennedy on the president’s stretcher, assuming it could somehow help doctors figure out what happened,” according to the Times.

So how did it get onto Connally’s stretcher? He suspects that their stretchers were pushed together at some point and the bullet was effectively shaken from one to the other.

Regardless, he now believes the bullet hit Kennedy (not Connally) but then sort of popped out of him due to being “undercharged” and not penetrating “deeply” enough, the Times notes.

James Robenalt, a Cleveland lawyer whom Landis has confided in, personally believes this new evidence lends credence to the second shooter theory.

“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,” he said to 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,” he added.

Why? Because it means Connally was hit by a separate bullet, which makes little sense, he argues, because Oswald couldn’t have reloaded that quickly.

You know who else also now casts doubt on the magic bullet theory? JFK’s nephew, current Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


However, there are some issues with Landis’ new story.

“Mr. Landis’s account varies in a couple of respects from two written statements he filed in the week after the shooting. Aside from not mentioning finding the bullet, he reported hearing only two shots. … Likewise, he did not mention going into the trauma room where Kennedy was taken, writing that he ‘remained outside by the door’ when the first lady went in,” the Times notes.

And so not everybody is convinced, including Gerald Posner, the author of a 1993 book, “Case Closed,” that concluded Kennedy had acted alone.

“People’s memories generally do not improve over time, and it is a flashing warning sign to me, about skepticism I have over his story, that on some very important details of the assassination, including the number of shots, his memory has gotten better instead of worse,” he told the Times.

“Even assuming that he is accurately describing what happened with the bullet, it might mean nothing more than we now know that the bullet that came out of Governor Connally did so in the limousine, not on a stretcher in Parkland where it was found.”


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