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Mary Meyer Murder Mystery: A Diary That Revealed The Secrets Of JFK

President John F. Kennedy was well known for his romantic escapades, but his character was much more complex than his public image. Kennedy was going through dramatic changes in his last few years and the political pressure was unbearable for him. One of his last affairs, maybe it was true love this time, involved a socialite named Mary Pinchot Meyer.

The love affair was twisted with a grim outcome, and it begs for closer scrutiny. The corporate press has done very little to cover the story. It’s just too sensitive for the Washington crowd.

Mary’s Mosaic: What Was In The Diary?

Who really murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer in the fall of 1964? Why was there a mad rush by CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton to immediately locate and confiscate her diary? What in that diary was so explosive and revealing?

The author (Peter Janney) of a recent explosive book—Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace—tries to explain some of the missing details of the JFK mystery.

Mary came from a very privileged background and her young life was full of opportunities. Her father was a wealthy lawyer and her mother a writer for The Nation magazine. After college, Mary did some writing for Mademoiselle magazine and later she was an editor for The Atlantic.

Mary Pinchot Marries Cord Meyer, Operation Mockingbird Operative

Eventually, Mary Pinchot would wed Cord Meyer, a Yale man, a member of Scroll and Key, and later would become involved with the CIA (1949). Upon returning from World War II, Cord Meyer did some writing for The Atlantic.

The marriage would eventually end up in a divorce; consequently Mary filed the claim in 1958.

Allen Dulles invited Meyer to be a full-fledged ‘principal operative’ for Operation Mockingbird, a secret campaign designed to heavily influence the media. Cord Meyer played a big role in the beginning as an organizer, whereas the organization recruited journalists to slant the views leaning to meet the demands of the CIA agenda.

High profile journalists were recruited in the heart of the industry, including famous popular newspapers (over 25 plus wire agencies) and television networks.

Cord Meyer also befriended James Angleton, another highly influential character that worked for the CIA (1954 to 1975). It is important to remember Angleton, because he played an important role in our story. After the murder was committed, Angleton was instructed to find the diary, hidden in Mary Meyer’s house. Mary was friends with the wife, Cicely d’Autremont.

James Truitt Reveals The JFK Affair; Subsequently Becomes Suicide Victim

Getting straight to the heart of our story, Mary Meyer struck a relationship with John F Kennedy and the two would become passionate lovers. In the February 23, 1976 issue of the National Enquirer, James Truitt, a journalist who worked for Life, Time, Newsweek, and The Washington Post, said Meyer had an affair with Kennedy. Truitt was friends with Cord Meyer and James Angleton.

Truitt noted that Mary’s diary had been found by Angleton after her murder, having been told the location by Anne Truitt (first wife of James) from Tokyo. Actually, Ann called Toni (Mary’s sister) and Ben Bradlee. These facts were confirmed by Mary’s friends.

Evelyn (second wife of James) later claimed that her husband’s papers, including copies of the diary, were stolen by CIA officer Herbert Burrows. James Truitt allegedly committed suicide on November 18, 1981 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

The Love Affair That Involved President Kennedy, Mary Meyer, and LSD

In 1962, Cord Meyer’s ex-wife Mary Pinchot Meyer told Truitt that she was having an affair with President Kennedy. Truitt made notes of the conversation, which years later he showed to journalist Jay Gourley. The notes recorded an episode in July 1962 when Mary Pinchot Meyer and President John F. Kennedy smoked marijuana, and include mention of Pinchot Meyer forgetting her slip after one visit and having it mailed back to her in a White House envelope.

Enter Ben Bradlee, Husband Of Sister Antoinette Pinchot

Mary’s sister, Antoinette Meyer, was married to Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968 to 1991. At one period, Ben (Conversations with Kennedy) was close friends with Senator John F Kennedy and had even toured with him during presidential campaigns.

Ben Bradlee’s first wife Jean Saltonstall was related to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy through her father’s sister Rosamund who married Charles Auchincloss.

Timothy Leary: Psychologist, Writer,  Psychedelic Drug Advocate

According to Timothy Leary (Flashbacks):

Meyer had sought him out for the purpose of learning how to conduct LSD sessions with these powerful men, including, she strongly implied, President John F. Kennedy, who was then her lover. According to Leary, Pinchot Meyer said she had shared in this plan with at least seven other Washington socialite friends who held similar political views and were trying to supply LSD to a small circle of high ranking government officials. Leary also claimed that Pinchot Meyer had asked him for help while in a state of fear for her own life after the assassination of President Kennedy.

Leary believed that LSD showed therapeutic potential for use in psychiatry. He popularized catchphrases that promoted his philosophy, such as “turn on, tune in, drop out”, “set and setting”, and “think for yourself and question authority”.

The Murder Of Mary Pinchot Meyer And The Cover-up Of 1964

The Warren Commission 889-page final report was presented to President Johnson on September 24, 1964, and made public three days later. There was an anomaly present during this time frame. Dead bodies were turning up everywhere. What’s the old saying, dead people don’t talk…

Another Mary is found (Dr. Mary Sherman) dead on July 21, 1964, under very strange circumstances. The year of 1964 was a very tumultuous year for obvious reasons.

On October 12, 1964, Mary Meyer walked along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath in Georgetown. A local mechanic heard a woman cry out: “Someone help me, someone help me.” The body had two bullet wounds, one at the back of the head and another in the heart, both fired at close range. This was more than likely evidence of a hired killer, although a black man standing by took the heat for the murder, only to be aquitted at a later date.

The reports conveniently failed to mention the affair with President Kennedy, or the husband with the close ties to the CIA.

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    If there was CIA involvement in Pinchot Meyer’s death, then she had to have been observed closely, everyday, and over time in order for them to follow her on the C&O path on that particular day. Mary did say that she felt as if she were being watched and that it was possible that her studio and residence had been broken into. It was something that she felt — which is chilling.

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