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'Explosive' Kennedy tapes to reveal all

Some tapes that Jacqueline Kennedy recorded just after her husband John F. Kennedy’s assassination will now be aired on September 13. The murky secrets behind their marriage and affairs, and the former president's assassination 'plot' will be revealed in a tell all program.

entertainment Updated: Sep 02, 2011 17:07 IST

Sex, murder and drama... not on a Hollywood set, but in the White House.

Some tapes that Jacqueline Kennedy recorded just after her husband John F. Kennedy’s assassination will now be aired on September 13. She recorded the tapes with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr, mere months after JFK was assasinated on November 22, 1963.

These tapes will be part of a programme on US's ABC network. Originally planned for an hour, it will now be aired for two hours in prime time and will feature an interview with the couple’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy.

The tapes, which have been sealed in a vault at the Kennedy Library in Boston, include details of JFK’s affair with a White House intern and theories that Lyndon B Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband.

According to ABC sources, the tapes will even reveal about Jacqueline’s own affairs, one with Hollywood star William Holden and another with Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli.

Jackie was convinced that her husband's successor was plotting to murder her husband, Daily Mail reports. According to Jackie, then Vice President Johnson and a southern businessman planned and executed the Dallas shooting that took JFK's life. She believed that Lee Harvey Oswald - the assasinator - was merely a pawn in a bigger plot.

Johnson completed JFK's remianing term after his death and was later elected President.

Jackie went on to marry Grek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. Amidst fears that her family would be targeted or endangered, Jackie ordered that the tapes can only be released 50 years after her death.

Jackie succumbed to cancer 17 yers ago at the age of 64. Now, reports suggest that Caroline, 53, agreed to the early release of the tapes in exchange for the dropping of a 10 million-pound drama series about the family.

The tapes also reveal that JFK has an affair with a 19-year-old intern at the White House, with Jackie claiming that she even 'found knickers in their bedroom.'

In retaliation to her husband's many affairs, Jackie too had her share of flings.

"Jackie regarded the pretty young things in the White House as superficial flings for Jack. She did retaliate by having her own affairs," Historian Edward Klein, author of many books on the Kennedys, told Daily Mail, "There was a period during which she was delighted to be able to annoy her husband with her own illicit romances."

However, a spokesman for ABC insisted that the claims regarding the content of the tapes as 'explosive' were ‘erroneous’.

“The actual content of the tapes provide unique and important insight into our recent past from one of the most fascinating and influential First Ladies in American history,” he said.

“ABC isn’t releasing any content from those tapes until mid-September, at which time it will be clear how off base these reports are,” he added.

First Published: Sep 02, 2011 14:28 IST