JFK: The smoking gun by Colin McLaren

Reviewed by Sharon Lewis

This book is available to borrow from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre

Like a large percentage of the world I am very interested in the conspiracy theories related to the assassination of JFK. There are so many theories about who killed John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the streets of Dallas on the 22 November 1963, that it is hard to separate fact from fiction. However many believe that Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone. There has always been suspicion of a second gun, ranging from the Russian mafia to CIA assassination.  But what if it was purely an accident, the result of circumstances? What then? McLaren presents evidence that is compelling and believable, he gives a new perspective on the event that rocked the world and continues to produce theories even today.

This book takes a fresh look at the large amount of freely available evidence, the Warren commission findings as well as the significance of missing evidence and omitted witnesses from the investigative process that occurred immediately after the shooting.  At times the evidence is repetitive but McLaren has examined it with 21st century knowledge of forensics and crime scene investigation. His perspective and ability to connect dots that were missed or deliberately omitted in the initial investigation, paint a very different theory to the crime of the century.  A very plausible account and while sometimes the evidence is restated a number of times it lends credibility to the theory that McLaren puts forward. Well worth the read if you are remotely interested in discovering who killed JFK and it will leave you thinking that he may just be right.


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