For many people, the answer to who was involved in the killing of President John F. Kennedy stems from either years of research or is formed from an opinion based on everything they have heard from the media. The answer is not simple and it is something that still has not been answered completely. There are those that want to believe that Oswald acted alone in this and they have every right to that opinion. Then, there are those that believe that one man could not have planned and executed this crime in front of hundreds of people. I, for one, believe that Oswald could not have done this by himself and that others were behind this assassination. I have been reading books about the assassination since I was a kid and it seems that I still find new and interesting things in each of these readings. For example, I recently came across a book that shows some motive as to why someone would want JFK killed.
The book, which I found at a local flea market, is titled “Robert F. Kennedy: Assistant President”. The title of the book says it all for me. The authorclearly believes that RFK had more influence inside the government than the Vice President of the United States. My own daughter (who is 12) noticed the title and asked me if Robert Kennedy was the Vice President and why they would title the book that way. The book, which was published in 1962, shows how RFK fell into the position of Attorney General. At the time, it received reviews from Look magazine and U.S News and World Report which described RFK as “the man who is second only to the President in power and influence”. Now, put yourself in the shoes of Lyndon Baines Johnson. This is a man that, at one time, was the most powerful man in the Senate, only to find himself a few years later, playing second fiddle to a young, inexperienced lawyer who happened to be the President’s brother. How can he compete with that? The answer to that question is simple. He could not. So, it would seem to me that publications like this would serve as a means of motive.
In most crimes, there has to be a motive involved for someone to commit a crime. Whether it is to get back at someone or maybe even to get ahead in some faction. I am not saying that Johnson was the man behind the Kennedy assassination nor am I denying his possible involvement in it. I am simply showing those that are interested a possible means of motive. Here we have a book, published in 1962, that refers to Robert Kennedy as the Assistant President. The author goes into detail about decisions that he helps make on a daily basis and the trips around the world he takes during his first couple of years as Attorney General. These feelings that Johnson harbored towards RFK would carry on even after the assassination and would last until RFK himself was assassinated in 1968. Lyndon Johnson would go on to become President after the assassination of JFK, finally attaining the power that he so desperately wanted. It could be possible that Lyndon Johnson saw books like this and became so angered by them that he felt he had to do something. All I know is that questions still remain about the assassination. Maybe finding little clues like this book could help those that feel they have the answer.
Gordon, G. (1962). Robert F.Kennedy Assistant President. Derby, Connecticut: Monarch Books, Inc.