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May 16, 2003 (CBS) The affair between Jack and Mimi involved pool parties, foreign trips and giggling with other favored ladies, a newspaper reported Friday. A day after a 60-year-old grandmother admitted she had an affair with President Kennedy four decades ago when she was a 19-year-old White House intern, the New York Daily News reported new details about the relationship between Kennedy and Marion (Mimi) Fahnestock. In a statement given to reporters outside her Upper East Side Manhattan apartment on Thursday, Fahnestock said she was involved in a sexual relationship with Mr. Kennedy from June 1962 to November 1963. Fahnestock, now an administrator at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, worked at the White House for two summers and stayed into the fall of 1963. She returned to college just weeks before Kennedy was killed on Nov. 22, 1963. It was unclear if the affair ended before the president was assassinated. “I was 19 years old, a very young, very naive, very innocent young girl,” Fahnestock told the Daily News.
In Friday’s editions, the Daily News said Fahnestock accompanied the president to pool parties as well as on a jaunt to the Bahamas, where Mr. Kennedy was to meet the British prime minister. At one point during the trip, aides spotted the young intern hiding on the floor of the president’s car. The paper says Fahnestock was lighthearted enough about the tryst to joke with other women who were possibly involved with the commander-in-chief, but was upset when she was left behind during Mr. Kennedy’s trip to Germany for the “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech. The president, furious that she had been forgotten, almost fired Fahnestock’s boss, the paper reported.
Fahnestock’s admission came after a new biography alleged an affair between the president and an unidentified intern. Robert Dallek, author of “An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,” learned of the affair from a White House aide whose oral history was recently unsealed. Kennedy is known to have had numerous extramarital liaisons, but this is the first report of an affair with an intern.
“When Kennedy had all these affairs, these trysts, the press didn’t pay attention, or they knew about it, but they didn’t report on it,” Dalek told CBS News’ The Early Show Wednesday. Dallek reports the recollections of Barbara Gamarekian, a former White House aide, about the president’s affair with a college student who worked in the press office despite a lack of clerical skills. She said the beautiful unpaid employee was only used for Kennedy’s sexual gratification. Gamarekian had asked that the 17 pages in her oral history dealing with the intern be kept secret for a decade, then later asked the Kennedy Library in Boston, where her account is archived, to keep it sealed. Dallek discovered the blacked-out pages while researching his book and persuaded her to disclose the information. The Daily News reported that Fahnestock is well-liked in her neighborhood and has helped launch programs for helping the poor and homeless at the church where she works. Fahnestock has two married daughters and four grandchildren. Her husband, investment banker Anthony Fahnestock, died in 1993.
September 6, 2003 NEW YORK (AP) - Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy told a priest she was contemplating suicide after her husband was assassinated, according to a new book about the Kennedy family. According to “The Kennedys: America’s Emerald Kings’’ by Thomas Maier, the first lady also told the Rev. Richard McSorley ``I don’t know how God could take him away,’’ and expressed guilt that she had not been able to shield President Kennedy from the assassination in 1963. The book says Kennedy asked McSorley to pray that she would die. ``McSorley looked Jackie in the eyes. He felt compelled to dissuade her from thoughts of suicide, but he would not try to stop her from wishing for death itself,’’ Maier writes. The book is being excerpted in the October issue of Redbook magazine. It will be released by publisher Basic Books next month. Maier interviewed McSorley in 2000 and received permission to review McSorley’s private journals in which he recorded his talks with the first lady. McSorley, a Jesuit who taught at Georgetown University, died last year. He provided counseling to Jacqueline Kennedy while giving her tennis lessons arranged by Robert Kennedy in 1964.
September 22, 2003 (WorldNetDaily.com) As the 40th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy approaches, theories about who was responsible for his death continue unabated, reflecting polls showing most Americans don’t believe the official version. One website lists no less than 36 different theories that have floated around over the past four decades. An upcoming release by WND Books, however, based on recently declassified federal documents, material supplied by the KGB, information from the Bonano crime family, documents obtained from a French court and the only interview done with a French witness previously only debriefed by the FBI and CIA, promises to cut through the confusion and completely change the debate. In “Triangle of Death,” co-authors Brad O’Leary and L.E. Seymour untangle for readers a seemingly outrageous web that becomes increasingly convincing with each corroborated detail. They build a case that leads to a stunning, but convincing conclusion: President John F. Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963, as the result of a massive conspiracy between the CIA-installed government of South Vietnam, the French global heroin syndicate and the New Orleans Mafia. The book – which includes details of a first-time-ever crime scene re-creation at Dealey Plaza – shows how Kennedy planned and developed a coup d’état that resulted in the political murders of Ngo Dinh Diem, the Catholic president of South Vietnam, and his two brothers just 22 days before his death. The U.S. State Department suppressed this information for more than 30 years. Evidence includes an exclusive new interview with one of the primary players and federal documents that only recently have been declassified or released – exclusively to the authors. But more important than any of that, the authors say, this book reveals an official CIA document “that may well be the most shocking piece of evidence ever to arise from the enigma surrounding Kennedy’s murder.” The document affirms that an international assassin had been captured by U.S. authorities in Dallas less than 48 hours after Kennedy was shot, and that instead of arresting him, those same U.S. authorities secretly flew the assassin out of the country to freedom. The authors also reveal a Mafia chieftain, who employed Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald’s uncle, confessed to federal officers he had been directly involved in Kennedy’s murder. In addition, O’Leary and Seymour recount how the United States and the Soviet Union both went on high military alert immediately after Kennedy’s death, bringing the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation.
October 27, 2003 NEW YORK (AP) - ABC News has conducted an exhaustive investigation of the Kennedy assassination, complete with a computer-generated reconstruction, which [reportedly] irrefutably confirms that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, the network said Monday. A two-hour special on the event is scheduled to air Nov. 20, two days before the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s killing. “It leaves no room for doubt,” said Tom Yellin, executive producer of the special, narrated by Peter Jennings.
He called the results of the ABC’s study “enormously powerful. It’s irrefutable.” The conclusion that Oswald alone shot Kennedy during a motorcade in Dallas mirrors that of the Warren Commission, the official government inquiry into the assassination. Even today, public opinion surveys find that less than half of Americans believe there was more than one shooter, said Gary Mack, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. But that reservoir of doubt, largely fed by government secrecy and Oliver Stone’s movie on the assassination, is important to address, Yellin said. ABC News worked with an expert who created a computer-generated reconstruction of the shooting based on maps, blueprints, physical measurements, more than 500 photographs, films and autopsy reports, ABC said. It enables a person to view the scene from any number of perspectives, including what Oswald saw from the sixth floor of the former Texas school book depository, Yellin said. “When you do that, it’s chillingly clear what happened,” Yellin said. He dismisses theories that there was another gunman. Through interviews and other documentation, ABC News also concludes that Jack Ruby, who later killed Oswald, acted simply out of his love for Kennedy. The computer-generated technology, only available for the past few years, is now frequently used in criminal investigations, Yellin said. While Stone’s movie raised doubt in many people’s minds about the Warren Commission, it also led to the release of many government documents that had previously been kept hidden and fueled conspiracy theorists, Yellin said.
None of the documents offer significant evidence refuting the conclusion that Oswald acted alone, Yellin said. Still, much of Americans’ cynicism about their government can be traced to Nov. 22, 1963, making further investigation important even 40 years later, he said. “I think it’s very hard for people to accept the fact that the most powerful man in the world can be murdered by a disaffected person whose life had been a series of failures up to that point,” Yellin said. It’s hardly foreign territory for news organizations. CBS News, in fact, has done six separate specials on the assassination, including a two-hour, “CBS Reports: Who Killed JFK, the Final Chapter,” that was broadcast 10 years ago. That investigation also concluded that Oswald acted alone. Both Yellin and Mack admit that no matter what evidence ABC News lays out, it’s not likely to quiet people who believe otherwise. “The history of this subject is pretty clear,” Mack said. “No matter what information comes out, people are going to believe what they want.” November 4, 2003 SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A week or so after President Kennedy was assassinated, Nellie Connally grabbed a legal pad and a couple of pens and found a quiet place in the governor’s mansion to write down what she remembered about the tragic event. Over the next few hours, the then-first lady of Texas scribbled out 22 single-space pages about gunshots and her pink tweed suit being splattered with blood, about trying to protect her wounded husband, about the futile attempt to save the president and the successful surgery that kept the governor alive, and about her vivid anger when a dying Lee Harvey Oswald was wheeled into the same hospital two days later. Then she stuck her notes into a filing cabinet and forgot about them for 33 years. ``I was going through the file and I saw this stack of yellow tablet paper and I thought, ‘What in heaven’s name is that?’’’ she recalled Monday about finding her narrative in 1996. ``And I read it, and I thought it was pretty good.’’ It was good enough to become a book - ``From Love Field: Our Final Hours with President John F. Kennedy’’ - released this month by Rugged Land Press. The book is a slender, photo-filled volume that opens with the Kennedys and the Connallys riding in the same limousine during a motorcade that took them past adoring crowds in downtown Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Then came shots from behind. ``I looked back and saw the president’s hands fly up to his throat. He made no sound, no cry - nothing,’’ she wrote. ``I had a horrifying feeling that the president had not only been shot, but could be dead.’’ Four decades after Kennedy’s slaying, the widow of John Connally - former governor, cabinet member and presidential aspirant - is that limousine’s only surviving passenger. And she says she can remember the details as if it were yesterday. ``It’s not in the front of my head where I think about every day, like I did for weeks,’’ said Connally, still spry and mischievous at age 84. ``It’s pushed back into the back of my head, never to be forgotten. But I can bring it forward any time I want, exactly like it happened.’’ The single most enduring picture she carries in her mind about perhaps the single most talked-about, written-about, speculated-about event in American history?