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Plot Construction

Welcome to my book, Kennedy Must Be Killed.

I read and studied over 125,000 pages of research to produce this story. I considered writing a non-fiction book, but discounted the idea in favor of a novel. A novel made it possible to better capture life in post WWII America. This book is written to appeal to many levels of interest. It is fact-based historical fiction crafted with a handful of fictional characters who interact with historical personages in actual settings. It is a research book documenting major events of the Cold War. It is a love story--a story of a man who must choose between his love for family and his love for country. It is a classic tragedy with many elements of Greek and Shakespearean drama. And most importantly, it is a book that deals with the events leading up to the assassination of JFK--and the impact of those events on the possible motive to kill the president. I've had more than a few readers tell me that they read the book once and immediately read it again.

This book examines themes too numerous for the narrow focus of most JFK research books and condenses them into a story any reader can understand and enjoy. Here is a brief overview of each chapter.

  • 1947-The history of the Kennedy family and rumors about the family
  • 1948-The growing "Red Menace" of the postwar era/ The Alger Hiss hearings
  • 1949-Berlin Blockade/ Joseph McCarthy/ The Russians develop an atomic bomb
  • 1950-The rise of Joe McCarthy/ The Korean War/ The moral code of J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1951-The CIA/ MacArthur's firing/ Jacqueline Bouvier
  • 1952-JFK's courtship of Jackie/ 1952 presidential election
  • 1953-CIA overthrow of Iran/ Kennedy wedding
  • 1954-U.S. Marine sniper school/ CIA overthrow of Guatemala
  • 1955-CIA experiments with mind-control (MKULTRA)/ U-2 spyplane/ Kennedy marital discord
  • 1956-Secret U-2 flights over USSR/ JFk's failed bid for vice-presidential nomination
  • 1957-Lee Harvey Oswald/ Sputnik/ Texan influence
  • 1958-Cuba/ Rise of Fidel Castro/ The fall of Batista
  • 1959-Castro's Cuba/ Oswald "defection" to USSR
  • 1960-Planning for invasion of Cuba/ Frank Sinatra and JFK/ U-2 shot down/ JFK wins election
  • 1961-The Mob/ Bay of Pigs/ Vienna Summit/ Berlin Wall Crisis/ Civil Rights unrest
  • 1962-JFK plot to assassinate Castro/ Marilyn Monroe/ Civil Rights violence/ Cuban Missile Crisis
  • 1963-Mary Pinchot Meyer/ Profumo scandal/ American University/ March on Washington/ JFK assassination
  • 1964-Warren Commission
  • 1978-House Select Committee on Assassinations

For many readers, this book will reveal a considerable amount of new information about the possible factors which may have led to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. My bibliography is posted on this website, and I invite you to examine my sources or google facts that don't seem to ring true. I hope you'll have more of an open mind than some "JFK researchers." I had the owner of one well-known site castigate this book sight unseen by declaring, "More 'blame the victim' stuff. Really, this author gets so many known facts wrong and exaggerates rumor into fact. JFK was never married before Jackie. He wasn't going to replace LBJ on the ticket with Bobby. His father was not a supporter of Hitler, he told the press he wanted appeasement instead of the US going to war..."

Such comments display not only a misplaced bias but also a lack of knowledge of the subject. Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post and a close personal friend of JFK, ignited a firestorm of controversy by publishing a story regarding JFK's possible prior marriage to Durie Malcolm. I don't present it as fact, but I do bring it to the attention of the reader. Members of the Kennedy family and inner circle have all been quoted as saying JFK was considering replacing LBJ on the ticket in 1964. Joseph Kennedy was a known supporter of Hitler and his oldest son, Joseph Jr., was even more pronounced in his pre-war support of the German leader.

Malcolm Gladwell once wrote about a problem common with most research of any kind, but I've found it to be especially applicable in regard to JFK and his assassination: "We've been looking at tall trees, and I think we should have been looking at the forest."

I wrote this book because I was disappointed and dissatisfied with most of the conspiracy books and their lack of balance. JFK was certainly a man to be admired, but he was not without his critics. Almost 100% of JFK assassination books approach JFK as a legendary figure brought down by venial men solely for their own personal gain (which in almost every instance seems to have a monetary gain attached). Some of these books are more hagiographies than reasonable tomes. "JFK was killed because he wanted world peace; JFK was killed because Pentagon generals wanted to make millions on selling war products; JFK was killed because he wanted to stop the drug cartel that was the CIA; JFK was killed because the Mob couldn't control him."

Up until this book, no one has said, "Perhaps JFK was killed because some people thought he was inept and his own policies threatened the safety and security of the United States of America." I started writing this book during the Bill Clinton administration, and the vitriol directed at Clinton (and later Bush and Obama) was also very reminiscent of the hatred directed at JFK during his time in office. Clinton, Bush, and Obama all still have their detractors, but JFK's detractors all became silent after his death. Does that mean they never existed? In the minds of some "JFK researchers," the answer is a resounding "Yes." The historical records of the time are clearly at odds with many researcher's suppositions. Post-Vietnam opinions and attitudes are often applied to pre-Vietnam situations. This book has tried to avoid the mistake of viewing history through the lense of modern day attitudes, beliefs, or bias. 

So if you're a person who wants a story to confirm their opinions and reinforce what they "know," you will probably find this story as unsatifactory as the lady who criticized it without reading it. If you are intellectually curious and open-minded, then I think you'll enjoy where this story takes you.