Andrew L. Urban.
‘Failure to search is failure to find’ goes the investigator’s mantra, and boy, does Ex-Detective Sergeant/Task Force Team Leader and latterly author Colin McLaren prove that to be true with his exhaustive and explosive book, JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013, Hachette). Now his new book is due out on January 29, 2019 – Southern Justice (Hachette), taking apart the tortured Sue Neill-Fraser case.
McLaren’s four and a half year search into the crime that stopped the world – the killing of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 – and the subsequent investigations, carries a punch as powerful as the exploding bullet of the AR-15 assault rifle that blew the President’s brain out – accidentally. That’s right. And the AR-15 was fired by an inexperienced Secret Service Agent in the car behind the Presidential limo, immediately after Lee Harvey Oswald’s second shot – which famously went through Kennedy’s neck and into Texas Governor John Connally’s wrist. That was a very different kind of bullet. That was a full metal jacket bullet from Oswald’s Carcano rifle, designed to go clean through a body. Not the frangible bullets used in the AR-15, which are designed to explode on impact to cause maximum damage to the victim.
McLaren describes the subsequent Warren Commission investigation and its massive report as a ‘commission of omission’ – and he should know, having read it, reread it and followed up leads and witness statements – including those that never made it into the Commission hearings. This book defines ‘thorough investigation’. It also presents compelling evidence that the Secret Service was desperate to cover up the truth. And they were pretty successful – until McLaren came along, well after all the bloated conspiracy theories had floated, and are still afloat.
In anticipation of Southern Justice, I have just read JFK:The Smoking Gun, which I somehow missed on its release in 2013 – ironically, the year my attention was entirely captured by the Sue Neill-Fraser case. Quite apart from the extraordinary investigation into the JFK killing, McLaren lays out his findings with clarity and conviction. It is a gripping read. In other circumstances I might have said ‘it blows your mind’.
Both books available in store and online at Amazon. (Southern Justice advance orders) Review of Southern Justice coming soon.
McLaren also worked on filmmaker Eve Ash’s (Shadow of Doubt) upcoming Seven Network true crime series Undercurrent, to go to air in February 2019.