According to audio tapes set to air on ABC, Jackie Onassis believed that Vice President Lyndon B Johnson and a group of wealthy businessmen were involved in the assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy. She believed that the lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, was part of this conspiracy.
The tapes were recorded with leading historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. months after the assassination on November 22, 1963, and had been sealed in a vault at the Kennedy Library in Boston. Mrs. Onassis, who died 17 years ago, ordered that the tapes not be released until 50 years after her death, but her daughter Caroline Kennedy has decided to release the controversial recordings early.
The tapes, which ABC-TV executives call ‘explosive,' also reveal that Jackie Onassis had affairs with Hollywood movie star William Holden and Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli. According to The Daily Mail, it has also been claimed that, in the weeks before Mr. Kennedy’s assassination, the couple had turned a corner in their relationship and were planning to have more children.
Historian Edward Klein, who has written several books on the Kennedys, said, "Jackie regarded the pretty young things in the White House as superficial flings for her husband. She did retaliate by having her own affairs. There was a period during which she was delighted to be able to annoy her husband with her own illicit romances."
It is believed that Caroline Kennedy agreed to the early release of the tapes in exchange for ABC-TV dropping its multi-million dollar drama series about the Kennedy family.
The series, The Kennedys, starring Katie Holmes as Jackie, was a critical portrayal of the famous family’s political and personal trials since the 1930s. The series was eventually broadcast on an independent cable channel, and on BBC2 in the UK, against Caroline’s wishes.