Mile-High: JFK and Jackie did the Presidential ‘Secret Handshake’ in Air Force One the Day Before his Assassination, Biographer saysPosted: November 19, 2013
Postmedia News reveals: A new report says murdered U.S. President John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie joined the mile-high club the day before he was shot in Dallas.
The New York Post reports that historian William Manchester – who wrote extensively about JFK – knew the details and called it a “last hour of serenity.” But the Post says that Manchester covered up the sky-high tryst in his 1967 bestseller,The Death of a President. Manchester later admitted the whitewash in an interview with writer Philip Nobile in the 1970s.
Nobile had been researching a book on Kennedy’s numerous sexual antics when he was introduced to Manchester by their shared literary agent, Don Congdon.
“I filled him in on JFK’s teen-lover intern, Mimi Beardsley, who slept over frequently when Mrs. Kennedy was out of town,” Nobile writes in the Post. ” She confirmed their yearlong liaison in a 2012 memoir, Once Upon a Secret.”
Manchester had painted Kennedy as a paragon of virtue and devoted husband. Nobile said Manchester couldn’t resist trumping him with a bombshell: The Kennedys did not have a separate bedroom in the Rice Hotel in Houston the night before that fateful day in 1963.
“He asked that I not attribute the tale to him, at least not while he was alive,” Nobile said. “Manchester, who died in 2004, revealed JFK made love to Jackie on Air Force One during the short flight from San Antonio to Houston on the afternoon of the 21st, the day before he was assassinated.”
Manchester told Nobile: “Their life together now had nearly a full day to run. Yet this was to be their last hour of serenity. The tyranny of events and exhaustion would begin to close in when they finished the 200-mile lap to Houston. Actually, they hadn’t even an hour.
“In this plane the hop took only 45 minutes. Privacy was that limited, confined to a tiny blue cabin racing 30,000 feet above the tessellated green and brown plains of central Texas. Their time was up. The president emerged in a fresh shirt.”
And Manchester said it was Jackie Kennedy who spilled the beans. She later described some passages in his book as “tasteless” and sued him for breach of contract. The suit was settled out of court but gave Bobby Kennedy and Jackie final say, the naughty bits locked away forever. The documents will not be released until 2067.
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- ‘JFK in mile high club in final days’ (news.optuszoo.com.au)
- JFK and Jackie Kennedy had sex on Air Force One day before his death (thisismoney.co.uk)
- White House asked about JFK Facts report on secret JFK files (jfkfacts.org)
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