Jacqueline Kennedy spent the week before her wedding to JFK threatening to cancel the nuptials – with her sister-in-law Ethel even threatening to kill her if she did so.
Adora Rule, a wedding planning assistant, opened up in the tell-all biography “Jackie: Public, Private, Secret” about Jackie’s pre-wedding jitters before her September 1953 ceremony at St Mary’s Church from Newport, Rhode Island.
According to Rule, who was 18 at the time, Jackie considered calling off the wedding for the entire week leading up to the ceremony. She even took a car ride with Ethel Kennedy, the wife of JFK’s brother Robert F. Kennedy. Jackie had threatened to go home on her own after the ride.
“I swear to God if that girl leaves Bobby’s brother at the altar, I will kill her with my bare hands,” Ethel reportedly said, according to the Boston Globe. “She doesn’t know how lucky she is to marry into this family.”
September 12 marked the 70th wedding anniversary of former President JFK to First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
The couple married at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1953 – the same year he began serving as a senator from Massachusetts.
At the time of the marriage, Jackie was 24 years old and JFK – nicknamed “Jack” – 36 years old.
But the wedding almost didn’t happen, as revealed by an aide in charge of the couple’s wedding planning, who said Jackie spent the entire week leading up to the wedding having cold feet.
Jackie never left and the wedding went off without a hitch
Jackie never left and the wedding went off without a hitch.
But the marriage was plagued by tragedies, including the death of the couple’s premature son Patrick in 1963, JFK’s affair with Marilyn Monroe, and JFK’s assassination in Dallas in November 1963.
The 70th wedding anniversary came just days after the Secret Service agent who was with JFK the day of his assassination in 1963 broke his 60-year silence about what happened on the day of the deadly shooting.
Former Secret Service agent Paul Landis, 88, was tasked with protecting First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in Dallas on the fateful day in November. He now claims to have evidence that there was only one shooter that day, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Landis said that in the chaos following the shooting at Dealey Plaza, he picked up a nearly intact bullet lying in the backseat of the open limousine.
Landis said the bullet was directly behind where the president was sitting when he was killed. So he placed her on the gurney at Kennedy Hospital to preserve her for autopsy investigators.
Ethel apparently said that Jackie “doesn’t know how lucky she is to marry into this family”
The newlyweds celebrated their wedding with a reception at the Kennedy family home – Hammersmith Farm – in Newport, Rhode Island.
JFK and Jackie’s 70th wedding anniversary came just days after an explosive new revelation from one of the former president’s Secret Service bodyguards.
This bullet was the first piece of evidence recorded in the murder investigation.
It has been rumored for six decades that she was found on the stretcher of Texas Governor John Connally – who was injured in the shooting – and that the bullet fell from the wound in Connally’s thigh.
Landis believes the bullet he placed on JFK’s stretcher may have rolled onto Connally’s stretcher.
Landis’ revelation could undermine the “magic bullet” theory – which suggests the bullet passed through both Kennedy and Connally, as the assassination inquiry ruled.
The former bodyguard’s claim means the bullet only hit Kennedy and not the Texas governor, who was also injured in the shooting.
If true, it could mean that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone and that there was more than one shooter – a long-standing theory for which many compelling arguments have been made.
According to the official findings of the Warren Commission, Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, who fired three shots at the motorcade from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building with a Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. 6.5 millimeters.
According to the report, one of the shots missed the motorcade, another was the “magic bullet” that struck Kennedy and Connally, and the final shot fatally struck Kennedy in the head.
The “magic bullet” theory suggests that JFK and the governor of Texas were shot with the same bullet by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Paul Landis, 88, revealed he found the bullet that hit JFK and placed it on his stretcher – making the ‘magic bullet’ theory impossible as it proves there had to be two armed men.
The Kennedy family has been rocked by so many scandals and tragedies that they are said to be “cursed.” Events attributed to the “Kennedy family curse” include four plane crashes, a skiing accident, and a lobotomy.
The famous deaths of Robert Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr.
Recently, the “Kennedy curse” resulted in the death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill, granddaughter of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
The 2019 defeat was a tragedy for the political dynasty that has long been rocked by assassinations and scandals.
Saoirse died of an apparent overdose at her family’s compound on Thursday afternoon.