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Howard Willens weighs in on RFK’s suspicions of conspiracy

Howard Willens, former Warren Commission staffer, has responded to Philip Shenon’s article in Politico about Attorney General Robert Kennedy being a “conspiracy theorist” and my post, “Why RFK refused to swear there was no conspiracy.”

In a new post at HowardWillens.com, Willens says the dispute should be broken down into three questions:

‘God will have a bit of explaining to do to me if I ever see Him’

Joseph Leonard and Jacqueline Kennedy
Father Joseph Leonard, pen pal of Jacqueline Kennedy

From The Irish Times last week.

“After her husband’s assassination in 1963, Jackie Kennedy confided to Fr Leonard how she became “bitter against God” and struggled to find comfort in her deep Catholic faith.

“I have to think there is a God – or I have no hope of finding Jack again.” She added, with bittersweet humour: “God will have a bit of explaining to do to me if I ever see Him.” …

Jackie’ pink suit inspires a novel

The pink Chanel suit worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the day her husband was killed is a Shakespearan icon of the tragedy of November 22: a woman’s beautiful garment soaked in her husband’s blood.

“I didn’t want to pander, to become part of the cottage industry of Kennedy books,” says novelist Nicole Mary  Kelby about her new book, The Pink Suit. .”This book is not about cute clothes. It’s about how Jackie Kennedy set out to redefine how Americans defined themselves. Mamie and Ike Eisenhower (the Kennedys’ predecessors in the White House) were Grandma and Grandpa.”

This book isn’t even a book about Jackie Kennedy (she only appears once and is referred to throughout only as “the Wife”). Rather, it is a book about something that is now almost equally important: How November 22 shaped  the way Americans understand themselves.

Jackie takes Caroline for a sleigh ride

Jacqueline Kennedy takes daughter Caroline and playmates for a sleigh ride on the south grounds of the White House in February 1962. Pulling the sleigh is Macaroni, Caroline’s brown-and-white pony.

Most viewed JFK Facts stories of the week

These were the best read JFK Facts stories in the week of Feb. 7-13

David Talbot

1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)

2) Belzer misses the mark with ‘Hit List’ (Feb. 3, 2014)

3) Top 6 Washington insiders who suspected a JFK plot (Feb. 6, 2014)

4) Is ‘Badgeman’ for real? (Feb.9,  2014)

5) David Talbot’s top 7 JFK books (Feb. 11, 2014)

Jan. 3, 1967: Jack Ruby, killer of JFK’s assassin, dies just weeks before second trial

The killer of JFK’s assassin died just weeks before he could speak out in a second trial (from Yahoo News UK.)

After killing Lee Harvey Oswald on national television, Ruby, the owner of a Dallas nightclub, usually denied that he was part of any conspiracy. On other occasions he intimated that he might have a different story. In June 1964, he asked Chief Justice Earl Warren to bring him to Washington to testify; Warren refused.

Most popular JFK Facts stories of 2013

Here are the best read JFK Facts stories of 2013 in order of popularity.

Jack Ruby’s ex-flame

1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)

“He was not in love with the Kennedys and he did NOT like Robert Kennedy by no means.”

2) Reelz Channel to air discredited JFK theory (Nov. 2, 2013)

“There is no evidence for this bogus theory: No eyewitness testimony or photographic evidence supports the claim…”

Christmas with the Kennedys

Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s Christmas card from 1959

John and Jackie Kennedys sent out a Christmas card every year. They were about to send one in November 1963 when tragedy struck. The Kennedy’s never-sent 1963 Christmas card is now a collector’s item; one sold for $45,000 in 2006.

‘It sounded like different directions’

“Just as the president’s car was passing by, I heard what sounded like fireworks to a ten year old child. I remember turning my head from side to side trying to see where they were coming from. It sounded like different directions. All of a sudden, Jacqueline Kennedy stood up in the car as it raced away.”

— Bren Young of Camdenton, Missouri, who was in Dealey Plaza at age 10. She spoke to The Lake News Online.

 

‘What was going through my mind was that shot was coming right over the top of our heads’

Gayle Newman, left, and Bill Newman in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 21, 2013.

I was in Dealey Plaza yesterday and I saw Bill Newman talking to a TV correspondent. On November 22, 1963, Newman and his wife Gayle and their young two children were among the people closest to President Kennedy when the fatal shot rang out.

I recalled my own conversation with Newman seven years ago. We spoke in the lobby of the hotel where we were both attending a JFK research conference. A plumber by trade, he struck me as a down-to-earth man who accepted the accident that delivered him into one of the most decisive moments in American history, and he lived with it responsibly.

Here’s what Newman told me:

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