At this point in history all the actors are long dead and it does not hurt to know that Jackie was convinced that the cabal around LBJ saw to it that their man survived and prospered. Having read a detailed analysis published some years ago in the emag www.viewzone.com it appears both plausible and even likely that she had the right of it. Certainly no other theory flew.
LBJ was in trouble and by extension the circle that got him there were in serious trouble. They had motive and certainly had means and a proven track record of ending their problems permanently.
I do not think that LBJ would have actually got his hands dirty, but he certainly would have made sure his people were fully informed of their difficulties and would have been as surprised as anyone when the event took place.
The immediate take out of the shooter removed an unreliable link in the plot and that was the best confirmation of a plot as any other bit of evidence. Jack Ruby was a reliable clam.
For those of us who despise conspiracy theories, it is always well to remember that sometimes, conspiracies do exist. LBJ went on to generate a remarkable canon of legislation, not all initiated by JFK and accomplished things his supporters surely choked on.
Explosive Jackie O tapes 'reveal how she believed Lyndon B Johnson killed JFK and had affair with movie star'
By LIZ THOMAS
Last updated at 6:20 PM on 8th August 2011
Former first lady Jackie Kennedy is said to have made the tapes within months of JFK's assassination
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
shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey
Oswald – long claimed to have been a lone assassin – merely part of a much
larger conspiracy. Dallas
Texas-born Mr Johnson, who served as the state’s governor and senator, completed Mr Kennedy’s term and went on to be elected president in his own right.
The tapes were recorded with leading historian Arthur Schlesinger Jnr within months of the assassination on November 22, 1963, and had been sealed in a vault at the Kennedy Library in
The then Mrs Kennedy, who went on to marry Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, had ordered that they should not be released until 50 years after her death, with some reports suggesting she feared that her revelations might make her family targets for revenge.
She died 17 years ago from cancer aged 64 and now her daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has agreed to release the recordings early.
John and Jackie Kennedy with daughter Caroline, who allowed the tapes to be released to ABC in return for their cancelling of the mini series about the family
Jackie is said to reveal her affair with actor William Holden, right, which she did in retaliation for her husband's many flings
In the tapes, Jackie allegedly blames President Lyndon Johnson for the death of JFK, who took over the post from her husband after his assassination
Daughter Caroline Kennedy released the 'explosive' tapes
A programme featuring the tapes will be aired by
network ABC, and it is
understood British broadcasters are in talks to show it here too. U.S.
ABC executives claimed the tapes’ revelations were ‘explosive’.
They are believed to include the suggestion that Mr Kennedy was having an affair with a 19-year-old White House intern, with his wife even claiming that she found knickers in their bedroom.
And they go on to reveal that she too had affairs – one with
Holden and another with Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli – as a result of the
president’s indiscretions. It has also been claimed that, in the weeks before
Mr Kennedy’s assassination, the couple had turned a corner in their
relationship and were planning to have more children. Hollywood
Historian Edward Klein, who has written several books on the Kennedy clan, said:
‘Jackie regarded the pretty young things in the White House as superficial flings for Jack. She did retaliate by having her own affairs.
‘There was a period during which she was delighted to be able to annoy her husband with her own illicit romances.’
It is believed that Caroline, 53, agreed to the early release of the tapes in exchange for ABC dropping its £10million drama series about the family.
The Kennedys, starring Tom Cruise’s wife Katie Holmes as Jackie, critically charted the family’s political and personal trials and tribulations since the 1930s. The series was eventually broadcast on an independent cable channel, and on BBC2 in the
, against Caroline’s wishes. UK
A spokesman for ABC said the claims about the content of the tapes were 'erroneous'.
He said: ‘The actual content of the tapes provide unique and important insight into our recent past from one of the most fascinating and influential First Ladies in American history.’
The broadcaster did not reply to repeated requests for comment and would not clarify what was on the tapes, saying the programme was not scheduled for broadcast until mid-September.
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