Towson gun expert going on TV to discuss theory of JFK murder

February 25, 1992|By Tim Warren | Tim Warren,Book Editor

Howard Donahue, the Towson resident whose theory about the shooting of John F. Kennedy is the basis for the soon-to-be-published book "Mortal Error," will be a guest on "Good Morning, America" on Thursday.

Mr. Donahue, a gun expert, theorizes that the third bullet to hit the president in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, was fired accidentally by a Secret Service bodyguard, whom he names in the book. (The Secret Service has called the assertion "ridiculous.") "Mortal Error," written by journalist Bonar Menninger, is to be in bookstores tomorrow, and the publisher, St. Martin's Press, says advance orders have exceeded 100,000.

Another book about the Kennedy assassination, Harrison E. Livingstone's "High Treason 2," will be in the bookstores in about two weeks, says Herman Graf, president and co-owner of Carroll and Graf, his publisher. A resident of Baltimore, Mr. Livingstone contended in "High Treason" that the assassination was the result of a conspiracy against the 35th president. It is on the New York Times paperback best-seller list a second time.

"High Treason 2," Mr. Graf says, "contains further re-examinations of things that were explored previously in 'High Treason,' as well as new photographs and medical illustrations. It also has a further development of the coup principles." He said advance orders for the 650-page book have exceeded the first printing of 50,000.

Still another book on Kennedy by a Maryland resident centers on JFK's role in the Vietnam War. "JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power" is written by John M. Newman, a major in the intelligence division of the U.S. Army and resident of Odenton.

"JFK and Vietnam" theorizes that Kennedy was not the Cold Warrior that he generally has been depicted to have been, but in fact was beginning to wind down the war at the time he was shot. The book does not make a direct connection between Kennedy's death and the subsequent increased U.S. involvement in the war, as some Kennedy-assassination researchers have done, but Major Newman does conclude his book by writing, "It is hoped, however, that this work will help to establish a respectability of this subject matter as a legitimate field of inquiry."

"JFK and Vietnam" already is in bookstores and has a first printing of 25,000, according to a spokesman for Warner Books, the publisher.

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