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John F. Kennedy Secret Service Agent Card Signed by George Hickey

George Hickey Signed Official Secret Service Card, 3.5" x 2.5". Fine condition. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

Hickey's name and one of the revived conspiracy theories resurfaced in 2013. This theory believed that JFK was shot by the Secret Service, specifically George Hickey. The main evidence in favor of the theory, proposed in the 1970s by Baltimore gunsmith Howard Donahue and newly resurrected by Australian detective Colin McLaren, focuses on the third shot at President Kennedy, tearing apart the upper right side of his skull. JFK's head wounds suggested to Donahue that the third shot was not fired by the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository. Most investigators, including Donahue, believe that weapon, linked to Lee Harvey Oswald, fired the first two shots, if not all three.

The way the bullet produced as many as 40 tiny fragments inside Kennedy's brain, and the reported 6 mm diameter of the entry wound in the back of the skull, were inconsistent with 6.5 mm Carcano bullets, Donahue contended. His analysis did agree with Specter's "single bullet theory" that such a full metal jacket projectile was capable of drilling through Kennedy's upper back and throat, and Texas Gov. John Connelly's back, rib and wrist before lodging in his thigh. But Donahue couldn't comprehend such a bullet disintegrating inside a brain.

His calculations put the trajectory over the left side of the trailing car, which was full of Secret Service agents, including one who at some point picked up an AR-15 rifle. Donahue concluded the agent, George Hickey, accidentally shot the president when the car suddenly lurched. The theory got little notice, despite a 1977 write-up in the Baltimore Sun and a 1992 book, Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, by Bonar Menninger. Donahue died in 1999.

In the Reelz report , McLaren extends the case to argue that there was a cover up, because the Secret Service was mortified that the president was killed by a man who was assigned to that car only because other agents allegedly had been partying and drinking till early that morning.

An interesting piece of Kennedy memorabilia at the heart of one of the conspiracy theories.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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