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Jackie Believed LBJ Had Her Husband Killed.

Joe Bauer

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Jackie O and John F Kennedy. GETTY

Jackie Kennedy believed Lyndon B. Johnson was behind the 1963 assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy.

In the sensational tapes recorded by the First Lady months after the President’s death, broadcast by ABC, Kennedy revealed her belief that Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons orchestrated the murder of her husband by gunman Lee Harvey Oswald.

Kennedy, who later became Jackie Onassis, claimed that the Dallas murder was part of a larger conspiracy to allow Johnson to become American President in his own right.

Johnson, who served as a member of Congress, completed Kennedy’s term after the assassination and went on to be elected president.

Leading historian Arthur Schlesinger Jnr recorded the tapes with Jackie Kennedy within months of her husband’s death.

They have been stored in a sealed vault at the Kennedy Library in Boston after orders from Mrs Kennedy that they would remain secret for 50 years after her death.

Years after her mother died from cancer, daughter Caroline has opted to release the tapes early.

She has entered an agreement with the ABC network in the States who will air the tapes after agreeing to cancel their Kennedys drama series which upset Caroline and the Kennedy family.

Read more: Top facts about President John F. Kennedy you never knew.

The $10 million series starred Tom Cruise’s wife Kate Holmes as Jackie Kennedy and critically charted the family’s political and personal trials and tribulations since the 1930s. It has now been dropped in a deal with Caroline concerning these tapes.

ABC executives have confirmed that the revelations in the tapes are ‘explosive’ with Jackie Kennedy allegedly blaming President Lyndon Johnson for the death of JFK, according to the Daily Mail reports.

It is believed the tapes also include the suggestion that President Kennedy was having an affair with a 19-year-old White House intern with his wife even claiming that she found underwear in their bedroom.

Jackie Kennedy also admits to several affairs of her own in the tapes - one with Hollywood star William Holden and another with Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli - in retaliation for the President’s indiscretions.

There are also claims that the couple had discussed having more children in the weeks before his death.

Noted Kennedy family historian and author Edward Klein 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.”

I know this has been out there for awhile and many will argue that Jackie Kennedy was simply stating her belief based on her own feelings at the time versus any deep investigative findings. You can bet however that JFK must have shared with her the possibility of a worst case scenario demise because of the forces he was butting up against in his presidency. And one of those JFK hating forces was LBJ himself and the power people behind him.

You have to give Jackie Kennedy's take on who was responsible at least more credibility and weight than some average person as she was privy to so many closest personal thoughts and sharings of her husband, beyond any other person.

When JFK mentioned to Jackie that they were in "nut country" now upon their arrival in Texas and especially Dallas,

that this comment didn't go over Jackie's head in regards to the dangers it presented to her husband.

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Is this your writing, or are you quoting someone?

This was released as a long book several years ago and also an ABC Special with Diane Sawyer.

As I recall, neither one contained the statements you refer to.

There is no doubt that was antagonism about the transition and how fast it was. I think this will be dealt with in the soapy Natalie Portman film upcoming.

But it did not go as far as you say it did.

Can you provide quotes from the book to sustain your claims, or whoever you are quoting. I lent out my copy and did not get it back.

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The last two paragraphs are my own thoughts about Jackie Kennedy's "LBJ did it" perspective as stated in the above article and my speculations as to how she may have arrived at such a view.

The article above my paragraphs is one I came across checking links to other postings.

I am sorry I do not have nor do I remember the original source.

I can't say that the article is true or not with any informed authority.

However, I think it is logical that Jackie Kennedy knew of LBJ's seriously corrupt criminal side through her husband's and Robert Kennedy's private conversations which she must have been privy to if even to a small degree.

And wouldn't it be logical for Jackie to feel that because of her husband's and RFK's deep dislike and distrust of LBJ and LBJ's heavy duty corruption and the fact that her husband's murder took place in Texas ( Lyndon Johnson's extreme right wing and JFK hating, nut country domain ) that LBJ probably had something to do with it?

Did Jackie Kennedy actually say or write that she suspected LBJ in her husband's murder as the article claims? Jim De...if anyone knows the facts of whether she did or not, I am sure it would be you. If she did, it sure wouldn't surprise me.

In a forum where serious many year effort documented research facts give it it's high regard credibility I probably should keep this standard in mind more often when filling up posting space with my less than documented research speculations.

Sorry for doing this, but I must say that the forum has been much more active ( I think it has ) with much more participation than I have seen in the last two years.

Seems there are several new and older posters who I have not recognized posting here now. This higher posting activity ( so many new and interesting threads by Douglas Caddy ) has inspired me to post more myself.

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The only mainstream source I could find for this story is Fox News.


If you skim through the article you can be left with the impression that Fox News is reporting the story as fact. In reality the Fox News article is reporting that a British tabloid (Daily Mail) reported the story as fact. Here is a quote from the article that pretty much tells us the story is fabricated:

"The tabloid reports about the content of the tapes are totally erroneous," an ABC News spokesperson said in a statement to FoxNews.com. "ABC News isn't releasing any content from those tapes until mid-September at which point it will be clear how off base these reports are. 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."

Then right after that disclaimer, the Fox News article continues as if the story had not been disclaimed:

"Kennedy-Onassis thought gunman Lee Harvey Oswald -- long believed to be a lone assassin -- was part of a larger conspiracy involving Johnson, according to the Daily Mail."

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All these sources reference the book of reminisces that was published and which ABC purchased.

But none of them quote from the book and a couple articles were prepared before the show.

The show did not feature anything like these quotes, I saw it.

So I would tend to think like Sandy that these were created.

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