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Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas — circa 1963

Hidden in Plain Sight

Did a Secret Service Agent Accidentally Shoot JFK?

Zapruder frames 312 (top) and 313 show the moments immediately before and after the president was shot in the head.
Autopsy X-ray showing “dust-like” bullet fragments throughout the upper right portion of Kennedy’s skull.
The Warren Commission claimed these bullet fragments recovered from the presidential limousine linked Oswald’s rifle to Kennedy’s head injury. However, because they are entirely free of blood and brain matter and possess sharp edges, it is more likely they originated with a missed first shot.
Secret Service Agent George Hickey is visible sitting up high in the left-rear seat of the security car just before the first shot was fired.
The Altgens photo shows Hickey had already turned completely around and was looking back toward the book depository after the first shot was fired.
Hickey can be seen holding the AR15 in this photo taken just after the shooting. Note that other agents in the vehicle appear to be looking at and/or speaking to Hickey.
The follow-up car makes the turn onto Stemmons Freeway. The barrel of the AR15 can be discerned to the right of the man with the white shirt and thin tie, extending up just past the base of the Old Charter billboard.
Hickey holding the rifle during the desperate race to Parkland Hospital.
Howard Donahue, circa 1992, holding a Model 91/38 Carcano carbine (left) and the Colt AR15.
Colin McLaren
The Kennedys with Nellie Connally departing the San Antonio airport on Nov. 21, 1963. David Powers’ position in the follow-up car shows a shot from Hickey could have cleared the windshield.
The mystery witnesses standing along the north side of Elm Street as the motorcade approaches. From the viewer’s left to right: the two women in dark dresses, standing in front of the lamp post; Louie Witt, his umbrella extended; the black man in the hat and white shirt, arms raised; and the two high school boys, standing a half-car length ahead of the presidential limo.
Louie Witt and the man with the cap sit on the curb after the shooting. The two high school kids have retreated to the enclosed space in the pergola behind the park bench.
Seconds later, Doris Mumford can be seen in dark glasses on the ground to the right of three photographers. The high school students remain in the pergola.
Doris Mumford with the high school boys in the background.
The high school kids break cover and follow the crowd toward the grassy knoll.
The dark-complected man and Louie Witt after the shooting.
Suitcases that may have served as Hickey’s perch in the backseat of the follow-up car.
Agent Hickey, hand on head, at Parkland Hospital in the chaotic aftermath of the shooting.
Dallas patrolman Earle Browne was standing on the railroad bridge that crossed Stemmons Freeway in the upper-left corner of this picture, approximately 1,000 feet from Dealey Plaza. A 15-mph wind was blowing in from left to right. Browne testified that he smelled gunpowder after the motorcade passed beneath him, “maybe a couple of minutes” after shots were fired.

Agent George Hickey’s statements:

Witness Statements

Kansas City-based freelance writer

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