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January 1, 1963 Assassination Witness Challenges JFK “Magic Bullet” Theory



Paul Landis, a former Secret Service agent, who was a mere few steps away from President John F. Kennedy on the fateful day of his assassination, has broken his silence, raising new concerns about the long-debated “magic bullet” theory.

Landis, during his interaction with The New York Times and in his upcoming book, gave an account of that traumatic event which he has tried for decades to forget. He opined that if his memories from that day are accurate, the long-held “magic bullet” theory might need a serious revisit.

The year following the assassination of President Kennedy, the Warren Commission Report came out with the “magic bullet” theory. As per the report, a single bullet, fired at the president’s limousine, managed to injure both President Kennedy and Texas Governor John B. Connally Jr. This single-bullet theory was bolstered by the fact that a bullet was discovered on Connally’s stretcher at the Parkland Memorial Hospital.

But Landis, now 88, challenges this notion. According to him, he discovered the bullet, not on the stretcher, but on the limousine seat itself.

Landis recalls, “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.” He added, “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.”

Based on his memory, the bullet that he found had hit Kennedy in the back and hadn’t penetrated deeply. This bullet exited before the president was removed from the limousine. Landis’s revelations raise a significant question – was Lee Harvey Oswald the only shooter?

While conspiracy theories and questions about Oswald acting solo have persisted over the years, official records released by the National Archives have not provided any definitive evidence that counters the Warren Commission’s conclusions.

However, Landis’s recollections have been met with skepticism by some historians. They assert that his claims don’t align with their extensive research and the “cold hard facts” known about that day.

Author Gerald Posner argued, “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.”

Nevertheless, with a witness of Landis’s stature coming forward, the debate over the “magic bullet” theory is bound to reignite, leaving many to wonder once again about the events of that tragic day.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. Nate

    September 24, 2023 at 7:15 am

    I don’t believe The Warren Commission, never have! Too many people were to gain from The Presidents death, and that alone is a tragedy! Corruption within The U.S. Government existed in 1963 and has only gotten worse.

  2. Filmaker

    September 24, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Addressing the ‘Magic Bullet’, there was a TV series some years ago called “Histories Mysteries’ who I believe debunked it. They found that the main fact confusing the trajectory was that Connely was originally presumed to be sitting in front of the President at the same height. They found that he was sitting on an extra seat that was lower than Kennedy’s. When they repositioned Connely, they found the bullet’s trajectory was a straight line through both. In addition, they recreated the shot with a pair of anatomical dummies and the wounds were almost identical to Kennedy’s and Connely’s. Whatever else happened that day in Dealy Plaza, at least one shot was fired from the ‘Sniper’s Nest’ at the motorcade.

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