“After tomorrow those god–n Kennedys will never embarrass me again. That’s not a threat. That’s a promise.” – LBJ to his mistress Madeleine Brown on the eve of JFK assassination
Looking at the assassination of John F. Kennedy reminds me that we as a nation lost our innocence when Kennedy was shot. We believed in our government and we believed in the power of good vs evil. Most of Americans saw Kennedy as good, even inspiring. When he was assassinated that all changed. The idea the government did not always tell the truth, or that there could be more going on than meets the eye was unheard of by most citizens. The rude awakening began with the murder, followed by a man who said he was a ‘patsy. When that man was murdered 2 days later, Oswald’s death was seen as almost too convenient. If Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill Kennedy, who did? Another question for me was who had the most to gain? Kennedy angered many people with power the mafia, the CIA, the industrial complex, FBI, southern segregationists, the Soviet Union and the vice president of the U.S. Lyndon B. Johnson.
So let’s look at LBJ. He was a rich, oil tycoon from Texas, and had the ability to get things done when needed. “I actually tie Lyndon Johnson to eight murders prior to JFK,” remarked Roger Stone author of a book called The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ. He went on to say “Murders to cover up … corruption of biblical proportions. Murder to cover up the theft of his first term in the U.S. Senate…Lyndon Johnson was a coarse, loudmouthed bully. He was a crude, nasty vindictive manic depressive. Someone given to deep depressions and wild outbursts of temper, but more importantly, he was greedy; he was corrupt; and he was ambitious. And in November of 1963, he was a man staring into the abyss.” (1)
There was an investigation into LBJ, by the Senate Rules Committee. On the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, Don Reynolds, a Maryland insurance broker, was testifying. Johnson had a heart attack in 1955. Because of that he had a difficult time buying life insurance. Don Reynolds thought he was doing Johnson a favor by writing him a policy, but Johnson wanted kickbacks. Reynolds was pressured into buying advertising time on a T. V. station in Austin owned by Lady Bird Johnson, LBJ’s wife. If the assassination had not taken place it is said LBJ would have been removed from office. The murder of Kennedy killed the investigation. (2)
Stone also said, “There was a man named Mac Wallace that worked for LBJ. His fingerprints were found on a cardboard box on the 6th floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository Building. He was called Lyndon Johnson’s personal hit man. Some say he is the shooter, and though Oswald was up there to make sure he was seen, that Wallace shot Kennedy. Six eyewitnesses saw a man on the 6th floor who met the description of Mac Wallace. Mac Wallace was an ex-Marines marksman and a convicted murderer, and I can tie him irrevocably to Johnson, who arranged for a series of political patronage jobs for Wallace from the time he graduated college.” (3)
Here are some other circumstantial pieces of information that can make a case that LBJ had something to do with the assassination, whether he hired a hitman or simply was a piece of the puzzle:
He had a meeting with Texas Oilmen, underworld people and Richard Nixon the night before. By the way, years later Nixon said he knew when Jack Ruby shot Oswald—Johnson had something to do with the assassination. Johnson had asked Nixon when he was a congressman to hire Ruby as a ‘part- time informant’ for the Un-American Activities Committee, and knew him as a ‘Johnson man’.
He told his mistress Madeleine Brown: “Those SOB’s will never embarrass me again”.
LBJ had his motorcade routed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, and dropped down in the seat before the first shot was fired.
Life Magazine was going to do an article about the illegal activities of LBJ in essence outing him.
So whether he was privy to information, a part of the plot or the main instigator, many believe he participated in the killing of Kennedy. He had motive and the means to carry out the assassination. He avoided prison for the kickbacks he was being investigated for by the Senate Rules Committee. Johnson stood as the one person with the most to gain by becoming president of the United States.
1. Ritz, Erica, Who Really Killed President John F. Kennedy? Glenn Beck Hears Both Sides of an Explosive Theory, http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/20/who-really-killed-president-john-f-kennedy-glenn-beck-hears-both-sides-of-an-explosive-theory/
2. LBJ: JFK Assassination Kept Him Out of Prison, Nostalgia and Now, Nov 18, 2014 https://nostalgia049.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/lbj-jfk-assassination-kept-him-out-of-prison/
3. Ames, Michael, This Man is Positive LBJ Hired a Man to Kill Kennedy. And He Knows That Man’s Name, Esquire, Nov 22, 2013, http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a26093/lbj-kennedy-conspiracy/ 4.