Sourced from 1964 conversations between Mrs. Kennedy and longtime Kennedy aid Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Jackie stipulated that the recordings would be kept unheard until her death. And though she passed away after a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1994, Boston’s Kennedy Library has only just now released the tapes.
Details in the tapes include Mrs. Kennedy’s relaying of her husbands’ skepticism over success in Vietnam and Lyndon B. Johnson’s ability to serve as president and her own distaste for Martin Luther King Jr.
Expressing a belief in the FBI’s infamous — and unheard — wiretaps of the civil rights leader, Kennedy says she couldn’t get past the rumors that he tried to arrange a “sex party” during his historic 19963 March on Washington. “I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,” she says.
Those surveillance tapes are similarly sealed, so you’ll have to wait until 2027 for quotes on that unrealized sex party.
John and Jackie’s lone surviving offspring, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, was reportedly instrumental in the release of the tapes. And so she will also be a big part of the Sept. 12 ABC News special, speaking with Diane Sawyer.
If you’ll remember, Caroline’s commitment to promote the book was a rumored factor in the History Channel’s decision to ditch “The Kennedys” miniseries — which was later picked up by Reelz. Disney, which has a stake in History, also owns ABC and the book’s publisher, Hyperion.