FBI Opens Probe Into 'Stolen' Jackie O Letter

Kennedy plumber's son sold it to dealer for $6K
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 13, 2009 7:15 PM CDT
Max Kennedy attends a '40 Years Later' conference October 11, 2002 in the Palacio of the Conventions in Havana City, Cuba.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into a condolence letter written by Jackie Kennedy on the day after Robert Kennedy died, the Dallas Morning News reports. Sent to Ethel Kennedy, the two-page letter soon disappeared—and turned up 10 years ago in the home of the Kennedy family plumber. The plumber's son ended up selling it to a dealer for $6,000.

The letter changed hands three more times, for prices up to $30,000, until a buyer consigned it for sale at an auction house—where it sat for 3 years until the FBI seized it with a search warrant. Now buyers and sellers of the letter are deflecting blame, and Max Kennedy, Robert and Ethel's son, wants a prosecution if laws were in fact broken. "The efficient running of society requires that criminals be prosecuted," he said.