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MIPCOM Picks 2013: “JFK: The Smoking Gun”

This project focuses on a controversial theory spelled out in author Bonar Menninger’s 1992 non-fiction book Mortal Error, which presented findings from ballistics expert Howard Donahue suggesting that a rifle accidentally fired by a Secret Service agent delivered the fatal shot that changed history.
September 1, 2013

Partners: Muse Entertainment and Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder for Discovery Canada, SBS Australia and Reelz Channel (U.S.); distributed by Muse Distribution International (North America, Africa, Europe including Russia but excluding countries listed below), Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (Oceania and Asia), Zodiak Rights (for UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, German-speaking Switzerland, Italy and France, French-speaking Benelux and Switzerland) and Peace Point Rights (for Latin America, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia).

Length: 1 x 90 minutes; 1 x 60 minutes

Airing: November 2013

Rights available: For sales information, contact distributors

This project focuses on a controversial theory spelled out in author Bonar Menninger’s 1992 non-fiction book Mortal Error, which presented findings from ballistics expert Howard Donahue suggesting that a rifle accidentally fired by a Secret Service agent riding behind the president delivered the fatal shot that changed history. While Donahue’s theory was first published in 1977, it’s taken time for it to gain traction, and following the splash made by Menninger’s book in 1992, this special, combining expert interviews with re-creations and further investigative work by retired detective Colin McLaren, will surely reignite interest in “the smoking gun.”

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