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Nurse who treated JFK confirms Secret Service agent’s bombshell claim

 September 13, 2023

A nurse who had previously given an eyewitness account from her time in the emergency room during the immediate aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 seems to align with the recent revelations of a former Secret Service agent, as the Daily Mail reports.

Nurse Phyllis J. Hall, during interviews conducted roughly ten years ago, spoke about witnessing a bullet on the gravely injured president's stretcher, close to his head. This testimony appears to support the statement recently made by ex-Secret Service agent Paul Landis.

"Magic Bullet" Theory: Landis' Revelations

Now 88, Landis recently shared insights in an interview, almost 60 years after the tragic event in Dallas, Texas. He challenges the widely known "magic bullet" theory, suggesting the potential involvement of multiple culprits.

He shared that he retrieved an almost pristine bullet from the limousine and placed it on Kennedy's stretcher.

Interviews from Hall in 2013 appear to support the new assertions made by Landis. She told the Telegraph a decade ago, "On the cart, halfway between the earlobe and the shoulder, there was a bullet laying almost perpendicular there, but I have not seen a picture of that bullet ever."

Challenging the Warren Commission's Theory

The Warren Commission, set up to investigate the assassination, had identified the bullet as the one retrieved from Texas Gov. John Connally's stretcher, often called the "magic bullet." This bullet was theorized to have injured both Kennedy and Connally and was largely undamaged.

Hall's 2013 bullet description corresponds substantially with evidence labeled "C1" by the FBI. Her description, suggesting the bullet was unblemished and different in appearance from fired bullets, raises important questions. Hall's statements lend credence to Landis' belief that the bullet fell from a non-deep wound in Kennedy's back, challenging the Warren Commission's theory.

Confident about her suspicion of multiple shooters, Hall was initially reluctant to share her story due to concerns about backlash. She wasn't officially on duty that day but found herself involved due to emergency circumstances.

The official account of Kennedy's killing has always cited Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone gunman, but Landis' recollections, shared with the New York Times, disrupt this narrative, pointing to potential multiple assailants.

Possible Bullet Mix-Up

Landis was a Secret Service agent tasked with guarding first lady Jaqueline Kennedy on that fateful day in 1963. He recollected that following the assassination, he discovered a pristine bullet on the limousine's rear seat, which he then deposited on the president's stretcher.

Landis speculated that there might have been a mix-up in the ensuing chaos, with the bullet possibly moving from Kennedy's to Connally's stretcher. This points to potential misidentification or misunderstanding during the initial investigation.

The long-debated "magic bullet" theory suggests a bullet entered Kennedy's neck and went on to injure Connally.

However, Landis' claim that the bullet had merely dropped from a minor wound in Kennedy while in his Cadillac could challenge the established magic bullet theory, reinforcing the idea that Oswald might not have been the sole actor on the assassination day.

Ballistic tests confirmed the bullet's origin from Oswald's Mannlicher-Carcano weapon. Yet, historian and attorney James Robenalt, who collaborated with Landis on an upcoming book, believes this new narrative may reignite the discussion about the possibility of multiple shooters.

Continued Mysteries Surrounding the Assassination

The detailed Zapruder film, which captured the assassination of Kennedy, shows only a second between Kennedy's and Connally's reactions to their injuries. Experts from the FBI deduced that Oswald would need at least 2.3 seconds to fire, reload, and fire again.

This discrepancy between the film and the FBI's deduction was often rationalized by the theory of a single bullet causing both injuries. However, recent insights from Landis challenge this interpretation.

Given the revelations about Kennedy's wounds, especially the back wound that, as per the autopsy report, couldn't be deeply probed to trace the bullet's path, new questions emerge. If this injury resulted from an undercharged bullet that then fell back onto the limousine seat, what was the source of the throat wound?

Robenalt suggests the throat wound could be an entry point, a sentiment echoed by initial assessments from emergency room doctors.

However, if a bullet had entered Kennedy's throat from the front, it's implausible that it was fired by Oswald from the Texas School Book Depository as has been long believed, as it was positioned directly behind the motorcade at the time of the assassination.

The potential involvement of multiple gunmen has always been a prevalent theory, with several possible sniper locations near the motorcade route. While Robenalt acknowledges the uncertainties and limitations of the new claims, they certainly rekindle the debate on what truly transpired on Nov. 22, 1963.