Monday, December 17, 2012

The Magic Bullet Theory

We haven't heard much about Jim Garrison since Oliver Stone made a hero out of him in  JFK in 1991.  Garrison died one year later, but here we are 20 years later and his "classic account" has been reprinted.  It was first published in 1988 and had a profound impact on Stone.  In it, Garrison put forward the theory that the CIA was behind Kennedy's death, and implicated quite a number of people, including Lyndon Johnson.  Alex von Tunzelmann debunks Garrison's theory in her review of the film, although she gives the film kudos for  entertainment value.  Here is Costner as Garrison expounding on "the magic bullet theory."


  1. Tha magic bullet theory isn't any more believable than the CIA theory. I would put my money on the Mob.

  2. Mob makes most sense, especially having lost Cuba to Castro, but my guess Oswald was just one of those demented souls determined to be remembered in history.

    I was watching a special on conspiracy theories and one of the analysts said that people need conspiracies to deal with losses like this. It is hard to accept that a lone wolf could take a man as big as Kennedy, and so we shroud the event in a conspiracy to assuage our collective consciousness.

  3. Oh, I think it is very mysterious that Garrison died within a year of the release of this movie.

    1. Eureka! The magic movie theory. There must be a publisher out there who would be intersted in this.