Jackie Told Docs to Pull Plug on Lover RFK: Book

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2009 11:30 AM CDT
Jackie Told Docs to Pull Plug on Lover RFK: Book
Jacqueline Kennedy, with her children, John Jr. and Caroline, and her brother-in-law Robert Kennedy greet the Queen, during a ceremony to unveil a monument to John F. Kennedy at Runnymede.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Jacqueline Kennedy’s four-year love affair with RFK was so intense that it was she, rather than his wife, who made the decision to turn off his life support after he was shot, according to Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story, which hits shelves this month. The New York Post got a closer look at the controversial book, and reveals some scintillating details:

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  • The entire family knew of the affair, with Bobby’s wife Ethel once asking a family friend to "tell Bobby to stop sleeping with Jackie"; he told her to seek marriage counseling instead.
  • The two snuck away to get intimate during a dinner cruise on the presidential yacht just 6 months after John’s death, according to Arthur Schlesinger.
  • One socialite recalls seeing Bobby fondling a topless Jackie on the beach. “I was shocked. It was clear that Bobby was sleeping with his sister-in-law.”
  • Bobby was “the one person Jackie ever loved,” said Gore Vidal.
(Read more Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis stories.)

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