Jackie O's Secrets Found in 14 Years of Letters
Writings offer 'autobiography' from 1950 to 1964
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 13, 2014 11:48 AM CDT
Updated May 17, 2014 7:35 AM CDT
In this Aug. 17, 1961, file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy and her Cape Cod neighbor Bunny Mellon step into the lobby of the Colonial Theatre in Boston.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – A trove of letters spanning more than a decade is offering new insight into the world of Jackie Kennedy, describing her engagement to the future president and her experience after his assassination. The previously unpublished letters to Fr. Joseph Leonard, a Dublin priest, will be auctioned in Ireland next month, the Irish Times reports. Kennedy became friends with Leonard, then 73, when she visited Ireland in 1950, and they stayed in touch, the Irish Times notes. The letters "are, in effect, her autobiography for the years 1950 to 1964," says a rep for Sheppard's Irish Auction House. Among their most fascinating quotations:

  • Jackie noted that John F. Kennedy's ambitions made him "like Macbeth." Politicians, she wrote, "really are a breed apart." But she feared that John's similarity to her father could be dangerous, she wrote in 1952. He "loves the chase and is bored with the conquest—and once married needs proof he’s still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy."
  • Part of her was attracted to the limelight, she wrote in 1953, picturing herself in "a glittering world of crowned heads and Men of Destiny—and not just a sad little housewife … That world can be very glamorous from the outside—but if you’re in it—and you’re lonely—it could be a Hell."
  • After JFK's assassination, she felt "bitter against God" but felt she had to believe in him, "or I have no hope of finding Jack again," she wrote. "God will have a bit of explaining to do to me if I ever see Him.”
The letters may sell for up to $1.6 million, the Washington Post notes. How the auction house got them hasn't been revealed.

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Double edge sword
Jan 18, 2015 6:29 AM CST
HOWD'YA SOMETIMES LIKE TO BE A FLY ON THE WALL? I would've loved to be a fly on the wall, when during Christmas of 1963 the Kennedy family, headed up by mother Rose, went on a frenetic Palm Beach in-house hunting expedition with widow Jacqueline and all of JFK's sisters. Rifling through the late president's chest of drawers, bureau of socks and skivvies, and old dusty shoe boxes, the old girls were fishing out JFK's vast collection of homegrown porn snapshots and 8mm movie reels of Marilyn Monroe; Judith Exner-Campbell; Angie Dickenson; some really kinky ones of chief UPI White House correspondent Helen Thomas...and last but not least: a few candid shots of Jackie pulling on her pantyhose plus that one with her bra turned around backwards fastening its snaps.
Bob Jones
May 18, 2014 1:01 AM CDT
I hate to say this,,,,,,,,,but I think this is finally going to show what a complete moron our former first lady was,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,its sad,and amazing the people we put in control of our lives.
May 17, 2014 2:34 PM CDT
i think jackie almost always conducted herself in public to intentionaly attract attention much like the kardasians