Did Jackie Kennedy believe that President Lyndon B. Johnson, her husband’s vice president, was responsible for her husband’s assassination? According to new reports from London’s Daily Mail, this is but one of several stunning revelations in tape recordings the former first lady made within months of John F. Kennedy’s death. Writes Liz Thomas:
Jackie Onassis believed that Lyndon B. Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy, ‘explosive’ recordings are set to reveal.
The secret tapes will show that the former first lady felt that her husband’s successor was at the heart of the plot to murder him.
She became convinced that the then vice president, along with businessmen in the South, had orchestrated the Dallas shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey Oswald–long claimed to have been a lone assassin–merely part of a much larger conspiracy.
The recordings were made by historian and Kennedy ally Arthur Schlesinger Jr. within a year of the late president’s death. The tapes were then locked away at the Kennedy library where they were supposed to stay until 50 years after Mrs. Kennedy-Onassis’s death in 1994. But the Daily Mail reports that the ABC made a deal with Onassis’s daughter, Caroline Schlossberg, to release the tapes in exchange for refusing to air The Kennedys miniseries. (A cable network and the BBC later aired the controversial series.)
However, if the Daily Mail reports are true, a number of Kennedy assassination researchers will wind up with egg on their faces, like the father of George W. Bush’s press secretary, Scott McClellan, experienced in 2003. Barr McClellan’s book Blood, Money, & Power: How LBJ Killed JFK was widely condemned at its publication, however, Jackie Kennedy-Onassis’s tapes may give new life to conspiracy theorists, and leave lone-shooter believers like Vince Bugliosi and Gerald Posner red-faced.
An ABC News spokesperson has denied the reports in the Daily Mail, calling them “completely erroneous.” They anticipate releasing the tapes sometime in September, but additional bombshells are expected, not least that Mrs. Onassis is further said to have admitted to an affair with movie star William Holden in retribution for her husband’s many alleged affairs.
When Tony Hays isn’t traveling the world, teaching students, and adopting puppies, he takes time out to write the Arthurian Mystery series from Tor/Forge.