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    • ISBN:9780733636417
    • Publication date:23 Feb 2017

JFK: The Smoking Gun

By Colin McLaren

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Assassination? Conspiracy?
Fifty years after that fateful day in Dallas, history's greatest cold case is finally solved!

The murder that shocked the world. On 22nd November 1963, the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and his wife Jackie were taking part in a presidential motorcade through Dallas. Thousands lined the streets cheering; others hung out of windows to catch a glimpse of the much-loved First Lady and President. Suddenly, the unthinkable. Three shots: bang...bang, bang rang out. In front of the world, John F Kennedy was fatally wounded.

Lee Harvey Oswald was caught. But did he pull the trigger?

'Who really killed JFK?'

Fifty years after the tragic events in Dallas, JFK: The Smoking Gun solves the ultimate cold case. With the forensic eye of a highly regarded ex-cop, Colin McLaren has gathered the evidence, studied 10,000 pages of transcripts, and found the witnesses the Warren Commission failed to call, and the exhibits and testimonies that were hidden, until now. JFK: The Smoking Gun proves, once and for all, who did kill the President. And the answer is far more shocking than any fanciful conspiracy could ever be.

Biographical Notes

Colin McLaren was one of Australia's best detectives; he travelled the world on high-end investigations during the 1980s and 1990s. He faced down the underbelly of Australian crime and his work has been the subject of many police genre documentaries and television series. A film of his own life, based on his hugely successful first book Infiltration, the true story of his efforts as an uncover cop, was made in 2011. Colin writes constantly and is a regular advisor to TV and cinema productions. His investigation of JFK's death has been on ongoing project and he has spent years weighing up the evidence and turning his investigator's gaze to uncovering the truth.

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  • ISBN: 9780733630446
  • Publication date: 23 Oct 2013
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Hachette Australia
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