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The Peculiar Truth

The Peculiar Truth about the Murder of JFK’s Mistress

Mary Pinchot Meyer, John F. Kennedy
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer was a Washington DC socialite in the 1950s and early 60s.
  • She was married to a high-ranking CIA officer, Cord Meyer.
  • Among her friends were James Jesus Angleton, head of the CIA, and her brother-in-law Ben Bradlee, a journalist who would much later be known as the Washington Post editor during Watergate.
  • For a time, the Meyers lived next door to Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy. Mary and Jacqueline became friends.
  • So did Mary and Jack.
  • 1958: The Meyers divorced after the tragic death of a young son. Mary moved to Georgetown but remained a spirited, single socialite.
  • She also carried on an affair with Jack Kennedy that continued throughout his presidency.
  • On some occasions when the First Lady was traveling outside Washington, a private car would drive Mary to the White House for rendezvous with the President. She would be brought in and out secretively, and she avoided being photographed in public.
  • Mary told friends that she kept a diary.
  • Rumors swirled about Mary. The divorcee had powerful connections and supposedly was a pot smoker.
  • In the Kennedy years, Timothy Leary was not yet the infamous counterculture figure he would become later in the decade. The Harvard professor was known, however, for experimenting with LSD.
  • Leary claimed that Mary visited him at his Harvard University office around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. She asked him to conduct LSD treatments on her friends in Washington. She never said who specifically. But she inferred that giving acid to her friends might prevent a world catastrophe. Leary declined.
  • One month before his death, President Kennedy crafted a personal letter to Mary asking her to meet him for a rendezvous. For unknown reasons, the President’s personal secretary never sent it. The note was discovered in 2016 and sold at auction.
  • November 22, 1963: JFK’s assassination devastated Mary. She went into seclusion in her Georgetown residence and attended no social events.
  • Eleven months later, in October 1964, she was out for her typical afternoon stroll along a Georgetown canal.
  • A gunman appeared and shot her in broad daylight at point blank range.
  • Witnesses saw a black man running from the scene.
  • Police arrested Ray Crump, a local drifter, who pleaded not guilty.
  • No gun was found at the scene.
  • Mary’s sister and brother-in-law Ben Bradlee were stunned. They knew about Mary’s involvement with President Kennedy, and they worried about the diary that she kept hidden at her Georgetown residence. Fearful of how Mary might be portrayed if the diary ever became public, they raced to her home to find it.
  • When they arrived, they discovered James Jesus Angleton, head of the CIA, was already there. He had found the diary and claimed to have burned it.
  • If there was any evidence in the diary regarding Mary’s murder or personal notes about her affair with Kennedy, it went up in smoke.
  • Ray Crump was acquitted at trial, due to the fact that no gun was ever found and he had no motive. No other suspects were questioned or arrested.
  • The murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer has never been solved.

Dan is the author of over a dozen novels. His latest is Tight Five. He publishes ‘The Peculiar Truth’ every Tuesday.

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Author of over a dozen novels, including Tight Five. I publish The Peculiar Truth every Tuesday. https://medium.com/the-peculiar-truth