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Jackie Kennedy's tapes: The truth comes out in September [Video]

August 8, 2011 |  2:21 pm


Previously unheard recordings of Jacqueline Kennedy either do or don't include some shattering allegations, depending on which media source you believe. Jackie recorded the tapes with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in March 1964, months after President Kennedy was assassinated.

The British tabloid Sunday Express writes that the tapes show that Jackie "[b]elieved that gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was merely 'a patsy'.... Suspected her husband was having an affair with a 19-year-old White House intern.... Wrote-off most of JFK’s extra-marital dalliances as 'Jack's meaningless flings.' " The Globe and Mail adds another allegation: that Jackie believed Lyndon Johnson was involved in her husband's assassination.

Or maybe the tapes don't reveal anything of the sort. "Tabloid reports about content of the tapes are total nonsense," a spokeperson for ABC News said, according to the New York Post. ABC has the tapes, which it will air in part in a special with Diane Sawyer in September.

The tapes form the basis for the upcoming book "Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy," which comes out in September. Daughter Caroline is credited as an author on the book, which includes a forward by historian Michael Beschloss. The book, which has a retail price of $60, comes with an eight-CD set of Jackie Kennedy's recordings.

Those recordings have been under seal since they were completed. The book and CD release -- and TV special -- are planned to coincide with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy becoming president.

After the jump: Video of Caroline Kennedy discussing the book and CD set.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy with President Kennedy and their children, John Jr. and Caroline, after Easter services in Florida, 1963. Credit: Associated Press