Reelz Airs Groundbreaking Documentary JFK: THE SMOKING GUN Tonight
REELZ today announced that the groundbreaking documentary JFK: THE SMOKING GUN will return to the network tonight, October 14 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. The two-hour documentary focuses on evidence that points to the most shocking Secret Service failure and cover-up to date-the apparent accidental shooting of President Kennedy by a Secret Service agent riding in the car behind the presidential limousine during the chaos of the Dealey Plaza assassination attempt. JFK: THE SMOKING GUN first aired on REELZ last year in connection with the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination and reached more than six million viewers throughout November 2013.
Supporting JFK: The Smoking Gun, the network is also bringing back its robust schedule of JFK assassination-themed originals that further examine the facts and evidence surrounding the shooting, including critical missteps and a pattern of suspicious behavior by the Secret Service before, during and after the catastrophic events in Dallas.
"The recent media attention to the mistakes and misconduct of the Secret Service over the last several years reflects a continuing, systemic problem within the nation's top security unit," said Colin McLaren, author of JFK: The Smoking Gun. "The record of issues involving misuse of weaponry, lax security, late-night boozing and inappropriate behavior is but a reminder of what happened on November 22, 1963 when-as I establish in my book-the Secret Service accidentally caused the death of the 35th President of United States by discharging the fatal shot from their own AR-15 rifle. Thanks to the commitment of REELZ to solid investigative journalism, the real causation of death is able to be discovered by all Americans in this month's scheduling of JFK: THE SMOKING GUN and its supportive documentaries."
"Retired homicide detective Colin McLaren's four and a half year investigation into JFK's death, coupled with the 20-year probe by ballistics expert Howard Donahue provide what is by far the most convincing, evidence-based explanation for what happened on November 22, 1963," said Bonar Menninger, author of Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, first published in 1992 and reissued in 2013 chronicling Donahue's study of the shooting. "Moreover, since JFK: THE SMOKING GUN aired last year, newly discovered evidence supports the premise that the fatal head shot was due to an accidental discharge by a Secret Service weapon. We are grateful that REELZ, an independent network, continues to provide a forum for examining the facts behind what is arguably the most profound and misunderstood event in American history."
Immediately following JFK: THE SMOKING GUN on Tuesday, October 14, two supporting REELZ specials will air: JFK: Inside the Evidence, hosted by Bill Kurtis, takes an in-depth look at the topics and theories presented in JFK: The Smoking Gun, while the fast-paced Killing JFK: 50 Questions Answered unravels the top 50 questions and mysteries surrounding the assassination. Also returning to REELZ on October 18 is JFK: For the Record, which features a rare, in-depth interview with U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim. Judge Tunheim chaired the Assassination Records REVIEW Board (ARRB), which met for four years during the Clinton Administration to REVIEW and release assassination evidence and testimony per the requirements of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act (JFK Act) of 1992.
Airdates, times and descriptions for JFK: THE SMOKING GUN and supporting specials are below:
JFK: THE SMOKING GUN - Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT
JFK: The Smoking Gun is a two-hour documentary inspired by the book of the same name from veteran police detective Colin McLaren. The Australian spent four and a half years on a forensic cold-case investigation of JFK's assassination and believes he has confirmed the source of the shot that killed the president. After reading Bonar Menninger's Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK which details the 25 years of painstaking work done by ballistics expert Howard Donahue, McLaren committed himself to digging even deeper in the case with the discipline of his crime scene investigation experience. McLaren's investigation marks the first and only time a qualified homicide detective has carefully analyzed the complete catalog of evidence, testimony and witness statements surrounding the JFK assassination using modern techniques and the most recently released information. Using state-of-the-art investigative tools and research methodologies, McLaren answers what is perhaps the most asked question of the last 50 years-who killed JFK? For those interested in going deeper into the books behind the story, JFK: THE SMOKING GUN and Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, are available to buy through links featured at http://www.reelz.com/smokinggun/get-the-books/.
Additional chances to watch JFK: The Smoking Gun:
Saturday, October 18 at 2pm ET/ 11am PT
Monday, October 20 at 10pm ET/ 7pm PT
JFK: INSIDE THE EVIDENCE - Tuesday, October 14 at 11pm ET/ 8pm PT
This REELZ original is an in-depth look at the topics and theories presented in JFK: The Smoking Gun. Hosted by nationally renowned journalist Bill Kurtis (A&E Investigative Reports), JFK: INSIDE THE EVIDENCE closely examines key elements of the theory presented in JFK: The Smoking Gun. Kurtis challenges the men behind that theory, including veteran police detective and author Colin McLaren (JFK: The Smoking Gun), who spent four and a half years on the forensic cold-case investigation of JFK's assassination and author Bonar Menninger (Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK).
Kurtis also interviews outside experts in each of the key areas of evidence presented in the documentary. JFK: INSIDE THE EVIDENCE examines the evidence which points to two separate guns, including the different trajectories and behavior of each bullet that hit President Kennedy and the eyewitnesses who smelled gun-powder at street level in Dealey Plaza. Kurtis and guests also discuss what really happened inside Parkland Memorial Hospital during JFK's treatment, as well as the hastily conducted AUTOPSY and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of what may be the most powerful piece of evidence in the case -President Kennedy's brain.
Additional chances to watch JFK: Inside the Evidence:
Saturday, October 18 at 4:30pm ET/ 1:30pm PT
Monday, October 20 at 12am ET/ 9pm PT
Killing JFK: 50 Questions Answered - Tuesday, October 14 at 12am ET/ 9pm PT
A fast-paced show that unravels 50 top questions and mysteries surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy. From his ill-fated trip to Texas to THE KILLING of Lee Harvey Oswald, the show examines every aspect of the tragedy that rocked the world.
Additional chances to watch Killing JFK: 50 Questions Answered:
Saturday, October 18 at 5:30pm ET/ 2:30pm PT
Monday, October 20 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT
JFK: For the Record - Saturday, October 18 at 4pm ET/ 1pm PT
This REELZ special features an unprecedented, in-depth interview with U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim. Judge Tunheim chaired the Assassination Records REVIEW Board (ARRB), which met for four years during the Clinton Administration after its formation under the President John. F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act (JFK Act) of 1992. Under Judge Tunheim's leadership, the ARRB uncovered, verified and made public more than five million pages of documents, evidence and witness statements. Information released by the ARRB has opened the door to greater scrutiny of the assassination evidence, including the in-depth investigation documented in JFK: The Smoking Gun. In JFK: For the Record, Judge Tunheim describes the challenges the ARRB faced in trying to locate records 30 years after the assassination, as well as the inexplicable disappearance of certain Secret Service documents. Judge Tunheim also talks about the ARRB's findings surrounding President Kennedy's autopsy, from the possible reasons behind the unlawful removal of the president's body from Dallas by the Secret Service to the fact that the chief pathologist who performed the AUTOPSY burned his notes afterwards. Also, Judge Tunheim details which government agencies were cooperative with the ARRB's assignment and which were not, and whether he believes Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or may have been part of a broader conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy.
Additional chances to watch JFK: For the Record:
Saturday, October 18 at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT
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