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The Kennedy Curse

 by Steve Payne

Author says: what if Johnson had allowed Cronkite to broadcast the whole long interview (including the censored section)? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

May 2nd 1970,

on this day a national television network broadcast a three-hour film of a recorded Walter Cronkite interview in which Lyndon Baines Johnson expressed misgivings about the finding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in Dallas.

"They were probably also trying to dampen speculation that Caastro did it, perhaps in retaliation for the Bay of Pigs" -reader's commentIn fact during the session recorded in Texas at LBJ Ranch during September 1969, he suggested that a conspiracy might have been involved by stating that: "I can't honestly say that I've ever been completely relieved of the fact that there might have been international connections".

He originally requested that section of the interview to be censored on the grounds of "national security", but later agreed to the whole session to be broadcast. He died shortly afterwards of a massive heart attack. Watch the Conspiracy Section of the Interview

"I would say that they were frantically trying to keep people from believing that the KGB or East Bloc had had a hand in killing St. JFK. If the people had believed that, the missiles would have been flying... " - reader's commentJohnson was forced to resign the Vice Presidency only a few months after the events in Dallas, although details of John F. Kennedy's own involvement in the "Bobby Baker" scandal were hidden for many years.

"Enough sensation might have made the Cold War go hot" - reader's comment

Baker introduced the East German hostess Ellen Rometsch to the President, perhaps part of the international connection to which Johnson was alluding.

Also his secretary, Nancy Carole Tyler, shared an apartment with Mary Jo Kopechne, an aide to Senator George Smathers and later to Senator Bobby Kennedy. Tyler was killed in a plane crash in 1965. Kopechne was killed in 1969, in an accident on Chappaquiddick Island in a car driven by Senator Ted Kennedy.

Author says to view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Steve Payne, Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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