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E. Howard Hunt during his imprisonment at the Federal Prison Camp at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 1978. Michael Brennan/Getty

Confession of Howard Hunt

E. Howard Hunt, America?s most notorious spook who later served time for his role?as one of the plumbers?in the bungled burglary that later toppled Richard Nixon, gave a near-deathbed confession to his long-estranged son, naming?then-Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson?and a handful of CIA spooks as the cabal behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy

Before his death in January 2007, CIA master spy and convicted Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt confessed to being peripherally involved in the assassination of President Kennedy, and named several other participants.

In notes and conversations with his son Saint John, and in an audiotape he created in 2004?to be played after his death, Hunt described being invited into the “big event” at a Miami safehouse in 1963.

Howard Hunt names numerous individuals with both direct and indirect CIA connections as having played a role in the assassination of Kennedy, while describing himself as a “bench warmer” in the plot. Saint John Hunt, son of E. Howard Hunt, agreed that the use of this term indicates that Hunt was willing to play a larger role in the murder conspiracy had he been required.

Hunt alleges on the tape that then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the planning of the assassination and in the cover-up, stating that LBJ, “Had an almost maniacal urge to become president, he regarded JFK as an obstacle to achieving that.”

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Marilyn Monroe with President John F. Kennedy, centre, and Robert Kennedy left, at a Democratic fundraiser on May 19, 1962, at a home in New York City. Monroe had come straight from Madison Square Garden, where she had sung sultry “Happy Birthday” to the president. (CECIL STOUGHTON/AP)

The Strange Saga of JFK and the Original ?Dr. Feelgood?

In 1962, at the Carlyle Hotel in New York, a man ?peeled off his clothing and began prancing around his hotel suite.? His bodyguards were cautiously amused until the man ?left the suite and began roaming through the corridor of the Carlyle.?

The man in question was delusional, paranoid and suffering a ?psychotic break? from the effects of an overdose of methamphetamine. The man was a pharmaceutical miracle, with his own speed connection on the Upper East Side.

He was also the President of the United States.

The man who supposedly made him so was Max Jacobson, a doctor who had invented a secret vitamin formula that gave people renewed energy and cured their pain, and was given the code name ?Dr Feelgood? by Kennedy?s Secret Service detail.

Dr Max Jacobson fled Nazi Berlin in 1936 and set up a medical practice in New York on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The location couldn’t have been more perfect. He had a lifelong interest in treating multiple sclerosis, but he made his name developing booster shots for healthy patients, first among other European ?migr?s, then in New York?s theatrical community, and eventually in Hollywood and Washington. Sloshing and mixing amphetamines, vitamins, enzymes, tranquillizers, placenta, and anything else that inspired him into what he called an ?IV?Special,? Jacobson came up with concoctions to pump up stressed-out celebrities.

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Rosemary Kennedy at age 21. Courtesy John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.

Rosemary Kennedy?s Inconvenient Illness

*Note: During the time that Rosemary lived with her family and after her lobotomy, when her condition was made public, the Kennedy family and media used the term ?retarded? to describe people we would refer to as ?special? today. At the time, it was an acceptable phrase. Therefore, you will see the term ?retarded? in various places throughout this article.

1941: Rosemary Kennedy, ?is apparently mentally ill and is institutionalised following a failed lobotomy. She is the eldest Kennedy daughter of?Joseph?and?Rose.

Joe and Rose Kennedy?s strikingly beautiful daughter Rosemary attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen of England, and travelled the world with her high-spirited sisters. Yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled, a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family.?When she was 23 her father Joe Kennedy secretly took her to get a lobotomy.

A psychiatrist present at the lobotomy asked?Rosemary?to tell him stories and repeat the months of the year. The doctor kept scraping away brain tissue until Rosemary could no longer talk.

Only then did Dr Watts stop.

The first tragedy was actually brought about largely by the patriarch himself. Joe Kennedy?s daughter Rosemary was not intellectually superior as a child but was not ?abnormal?. Right from the beginning, when the obstetrician who was to deliver Rosemary was several hours late and then a nurse botched the birth.?This was caused by her mother, Rose, being forcibly blocked from delivering the baby that was already in her birth canal until the doctor arrived.

The nurse couldn?t deliver the baby so she ordered Rose to keep her legs crossed. At times, she placed her hands inside the birth canal, to stop the baby from coming out. Little Rosemary was trapped, with limited oxygen, in her mother?s birth canal for at least two hours.

Rosemary was born in September 1918, at the height of the Spanish influenza epidemic, it seems clear by the accounts of her birth that she was deprived of oxygen and had brain damage. This most likely indicates that Rosemary had some sort of cerebral palsy, rather than a genetic condition.

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With a bouquet of roses in her hand, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (1929 – 1994) and, behind her, U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963), greet the public at Love Field airport during a campaign tour in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. The President was assassinated later that day. (Photo by Art Rickerby/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Jackie Kennedy: The Pink Suit

Even those who were not born when Kennedy was President are not immune to the horrific image of that perfect woman in that perfectly beautiful suit covered in blood

Jackie Kennedy’s pink suit is an iconic symbol of the horrible tragedy that occurred Nov. 22, 1963.?The bloodstained boucle suit is still hidden away,?more than 50 years after JFK’s assassination.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s wardrobe was chock full of enviable outfits, but perhaps none is more firmly engrained in our collective memory than the pink suit she wore the day her husband, the nation’s president, was killed.

Images of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the events that followed have been seared into peoples collective memory: the convertible crossing in front of the grassy knoll, JFK Jr.’s funeral salute, Jackie’s pillbox hat and pink suit, stained with her husband’s blood.

While some historic artifacts from the event have been displayed in the years following President Kennedy’s death, Jackie’s iconic boucle ensemble with navy blue lapels still remains hidden from public eye,?stored in a?”custom made acid-free box” in the climate-controlled National Archives building in College Park, Maryland along with Oswald’s rifle, bullets and bullet fragments from the shooting, the original windshield of the limousine, and more than five million pages of assassination-related records.

A “line for line” replica of Chanel (as first lady, she needed to be seen in American-made clothing), the vibrant outfit was one of President Kennedy’s favourites. Jackie wore it several times before that tragic day in November, and President Kennedy thought she looked “smashing” in it.

He asked her to wear the suit in Dallas.

And after he was shot, she refused to take it off, not at the hospital and not on the flight back to Washington, even though it was caked with his blood.

“Let them see what they’ve done,”?she said, refusing any suggestion that she clean herself up.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Kiwis onboard LH441 after bomb threat diverts plane to JFK

Lufthansa flight LH441 was ordered from the sky after a bomb threat was issued en route from Houston to Frankfurt?this afternoon (NZ Time).

Already over the Atlantic Ocean and 90km past New York they had to turn around and make an emergency landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The aircraft landed safely and was sequestered safely so that a thorough inspection of passengers and the aircraft could take place.

Whaleoil spoke exclusively to two Kiwi passengers on the flight as they awaited transport to their hotel.

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Mary Pinchot Meyer.

Mary Pinchot Meyer

Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer

Conspiracy theorists who question President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 have, over the years, become obsessed with another murder. On Oct. 12, 1964, socialite and artist Mary Pinchot Meyer, a longtime Kennedy mistress, was shot execution-style in broad daylight while walking along the Georgetown canal towpath.

Within hours, police charged day labourer Ray Crump Jr. with murder. They never found the gun, however, and a jury acquitted Crump after an eye-witness described the killer as much bigger than the diminutive defendant. In the ensuing years, the case has become one of Washington’s most infamous unresolved murder cases.

Mary Pinchot Meyer never received the last letter John F. Kennedy wrote to her. In October 1963, the 35th U.S. President penned a love letter to his alleged mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer, begging her to come and visit him later that month, but he never mailed it. JFK was assassinated the following month, and Mary Pinchot Meyer was found murdered one year later. Her murder remains unsolved.

?Why don?t you leave suburbia for once ? come and see me ? either here ? or at the Cape next week or in Boston the 19th. I know it is unwise, irrational, and that you may hate it ? on the other hand, you may not ? and I will love it. You say that it is good for me not to get what I want. After all of these years ? you should give me a more loving answer than that. Why don?t you just say yes??

JFK?s letter to Mary Pinchot Meyer was written on White House stationery, although the tops of the official letterhead were cut off. But when the letter is held up to the light, the faded presidential seal watermarks are visible. The note was never mailed, but it was saved by Kennedy?s personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln.
Mary Pinchot Meyer began her affair with President Kennedy sometime in the early 1960s. Mary?s name?was all over White House gate logs, showing she signed in to see the President on at least 15 occasions between October, 1961, and August, 1963. JFK?s confidant, Kenny O?Donnell, said the President told him that he ?was deeply in love with Mary, that after he left the White House he envisioned a future with her and would divorce Jackie.?
Charles Bartlett, another close friend of the president, confirmed that ?Jack was in love with Mary Meyer. He was certainly smitten by her, he was heavily smitten ? It was a dangerous relationship.?

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Carl Mydans?Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

The Mysterious Disappearance of JFK?s Brain

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JFK on the Campaign Trail 1960

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