Saturday, June 18, 2011

FIRST MENAGE A TROIS (& The Likeliest Motive Why They Killed JFK)

I was suddenly curious one day why Jackie Onassis seemed to be very "cavalier" in shucking the Kennedy name despite the royalty reverence given to it by most Americans & the world, especially in the 1960's. The Greek money was too convenient to explain things. They were supposed to be this beautiful couple representing the New Frontier of America, but you get the feeling something wasn't worth the trouble of perpetual glorification.

Thus, I suddenly found myself reading 5 books on the former President John F Kennedy in one single week. I only planned to read Seymour Hersh's The Dark Side of Camelot in the beginning, but what I read only stoked my curiosity. At first I was surprised & intrigued by the "reckless womanizing" ("he does no foreplay, he comes easily then sleeps", he loves trios, etc.). Then I read the fourth book & I began to be baffled as I discovered something "tender" hidden camouflaged by the frenetic "reckless womanizing". Almost like the calm & eternal beneath the storm. In 2007, a book (Jack & Lem, by David Pitts) came out which revealed that the best friend of JFK, Lem Billings, was gay. They met when they were still teenagers in a male boarding school, were roommates & the gay friend was so frequent a visitor to the Kennedy's compound that Ted Kennedy revealed he only learned that the gay friend wasn't his brother when he was already a teenager. The book made it clear that JFK rebuffed the sexual advances of his gay friend but it didn't give any convincing proof to back up that assertion: it mentioned only about a toilet paper note of solicitation which was rejected with a tart "I'm not that kind of a boy". The toilet paper note was never produced. Think about it: no matter if the tissue paper use was a "trend" then, they were roommates, what's the value of using notes with a boy you're giggling with in the same room everyday? Especially that he knew already that you were called a 'fairy' by other boys & was accused of going down on somebody, which he knew was true, a fact which apparently didn't make him uncomfortable because he's still giggling with you in your room & he even took you home for more giggling apparently (in the boarding school, the teacher staying in the next room complained that the two roommates were always giggling in their room). Actually, as it turned out, those questions were immaterial, as I'll show shortly below (just reading the notes between the two friends, you can actually read between the lines the scope of their relationship in all its aspects but we won't go into them in this post, I got a more telling situation below).

In the book GRACE & POWER by Sally Bedell Smith, it was mentioned that Jackie O commented that the friend which turned out to be gay was at their house on weekends since she got married to JFK (above photo, Georgetown, when JFK was still a Congressman. The gay friend is the tall one standing). From Georgetown, up to the White House, he was a constant weekend presence. In fact, he was even given his own room- not a guest room, mind you- in the White House. In 1982, long before David Pitts discovered that the best friend of JFK was gay in 2007, the driver of JFK's parents came out with his own memoirs, Torn Lace Curtain. No political homophobia hysteria yet at that time. The sexual orientation of Lem Billings was not yet known. There was this innocent paragraph in the book wherein the driver was waiting to meet the President but the latter was sleeping in a certain room.

Then there was some talk about my having stayed up until after one to meet the president. I made the mistake of asking who this friend Lem Billings was. "Oh, him! He's always here," Dora Lawrence said. "I think he sleeps with Jack more than Jacqueline does," she said.

This was all so new to me, I did not know what the maid was talking about. And evidently I showed it. The maid laughed, a kind of half laugh. "President Kennedy doesn't like to sleep alone, Frank. Lem Billings is an old school chum, and he's always with him," she said. (Torn Lace Curtain, Frank Saunders).

That was written in 1982, it was only in 2007 that Lem Billings was publicly identified as gay.

Could it be some very powerful people saw through the smokescreen of "reckless womanizing" even then?

Seymour Hersh mentioned in a magazine interview that from his interviews with the Secret Service agents for his book (The Dark Side of Camelot), he only included in the book those related to policy (reckless personal life like reckless womanizing could lead to reckless policy) but he suppressed a "million things that were more damaging". If the maids noticed something, surely the Secret Service saw more? It's a long way from the days of toilet paper notes already. Perhaps one was not a certain kind of a boy, but a boy could grow into a certain kind of a man.

The above only shows the complexity of human emotions, psychology, sexuality, everything, if you may. What is surprising is they succeeded in whatever they were up to even without shouting slogans in the streets. One became the President of a land, one was welcome by the man he loved even to the White House. In their middle age. Not exactly the age for adolescent experimentation anymore. But who says they weren't fulfilled & happy in their own way even without joining parades & believing in delusions? Perhaps, we're still waiting for better taxonomic labels to describe all the dynamics involved & the ones we're using now are simply inadequate & irrelevant, especially the expedient but simplistic mantras of sectoral politics. I hate to reduce the sexual & emotional realities I described above into the hackneyed dichotomy used nowadays. Gore Vidal said homosexual is an adjective, not a noun. Just last year I was scouring the world for the most delicious straight guys. Now, I'm in love with a straight girl. I was homosexual last year, I'm heterosexual now. Have I ever really been a gay man?

In the film JFK, the new evidence unearthed by Jim Garrison was about a group of characters in New Orleans which allegedly plotted a "homosexual thrill killing". There was the gay New Orleans businessman who turned out to be a CIA operative, Clay Shaw. All the main characters like David Petrie & Jack Ruby were gay. The hired killer, Lee Oswald, was "socializing" with known New Orleans gays & was apparently a Jack Kerouac character who did it with girls but did men at the same time. They say almost all the angles about the Kennedys have been exhausted. Not yet. What is the probability that JFK might have been killed because he was seen as gay & some very powerful people couldn't accept a gay President, especially during the heat of the Vietnam War & the Cuban missile crisis? Very probable. The ultimate ideological catharsis: manipulating gay plotters to use a gay gunman to kill a gay target. I thought the motive was clearly telegraphed in the circumstances of the crime. To any budding investigative writer, there's a very plausible plot there. Connect the dots & you'll hit a windfall. Good for you, I don't have the time to write a bestseller.

I finally got Jackie O's drift.

Surprisingly, after reading the 5 books, I suddenly lost complete interest on the JFK saga altogether. My strict quality control on sexuality & things kicking in. Some may say the authors have their own agenda. Actually, you can look for your truth in the innocent scenes, you get their meanings if you extrapolate them with those other innocent scenes in the other books written by different personalities of varying credibility & time.

The 5 books I read in chronological order (which turned out to be a perfect discovery thread, from the reckless womanizing to the tender "friendship" beneath):

1. The Dark Side of Camelot, Seymour Hersh
2. Grace & Power, Sally Bedell Smith
3. Jack: A Life Like No Other, Geoffrey Perret
4. Jack & Lem, David Pitts, 2007
5. Torn Lace Curtain, Francis Saunder, 1982


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