Jackie expressed her deepest secrets about her marriage, her husband’s serial philandering, her own affairs and her theories on JFK’s tragic assassination to noted historian Arthur M Schlesinger Jr months of JFK’s death.
Some of those insights were gleaned from those talks and published in 2011 in audio form and in a book. But they didn’t include anything about his death, his extramarital affairs, or hers.
Jackie had a falling out with Schlesinger in 1966 over the manuscript for his book “The Death of a President.” She sued him for breach of contract, and as part of the settlement, she and the president’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy, were allowed to edit the book.
In addition, research materials related to Jackie’s objections and 10 hours of the taped interviews were sealed and will remain under lock and key until 2067, a full century after the case was settled in 1967, according to the agreement.
In those tapes, Jackie reportedly voices strong suspicions about what happened to her husband.
According to some reports, she believed Vice President Lyndon Johnson was part of a conspiracy involving wealthy Texas businessmen who wanted the war in Vietnam expanded so they could reap lucrative government contracts.
At the time, JFK was considering winding down the U.S. involvement in Indochina. Given the press of history, 100 years seems too long to wait for the information to be released.
The Kennedy library, where the material is stored, owes it to the people who were alive at the time of the President’s death to provide some closure to one of the most traumatic events in U.S. history.
On the 50th Anniversary of the president’s death, Caroline Kennedy, the couple’s only surviving child, should order the material released to close out this chapter once and for all.