Kennedy’s wife's 'secret tapes to be made public'
London: A series of secret audio tapes made
by John F Kennedy's wife Jacqueline are to be made public in a
television special show, that may blow the lid off her private
life with the assassinated US President, a media report said.
The audio tapes were recorded with leading historian
Arthur M Schlesinger Jr within months of the assassination on
November 22, 1963, and have been sealed in a vault at Kennedy
Library in Boston until now.
Jackie O, as the world came to know her after she married
Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis some five years later,
ordered that the tapes should not be revealed until 50 years
after her death.
But, although she died from cancer aged 64 in May 1994,
her daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has agreed to release them to
US television network giant ABC, the 'Sunday Express' said.
A spokesman there confirmed that the tapes' "explosive"
contents will be aired in a two-hour TV special, although he
refused to divulge further details.
The British newspaper claims that the tapes may reveal
that Jackie believed gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was merely "a
patsy" in the murder of JFK, and was working for a sinister
cabal led by a group of Texas tycoons.
On the assassination, a network source said that Jackie
believed gunman Oswald was "part of a much larger conspiracy",
and that then Vice President Lyndon Johnson, JFK's successor,
and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved.
"Those businessmen expected that LBJ would give them
more favourable treatment in Vietnam War contracts and oil
policies. There is no doubt that Jackie wanted the truth to
come out, but feared that she and her children, Caroline and
John Jr, might also be marked for death by the conspirators,"
the source said.
Another senior source also revealed that, on the eve of
JFK's assassination, he and Jackie shared a night of passion
and, despite having cheated on each other in the past, "they
talked about having more children".