of November 22, 1963. Stone had extensive interviews with Nixon and formerAttorney General John Mitchell for his book.
Maybe you can‟t handle the truth, but Stone can and does in black and white … and
red. His conclusion, as you can see from the subtitle of the book is that Lyndon
Johnson, Kennedy‟s vice president but no friend of Kennedy or of the Kennedy clan,
was the key man behind the assassination.
“It was LBJ who insisted JFK visit Texas,” Stone says. “Johnson took no interest in the
Houston and Austin stops, but he micro-
managed JFK‟s time in Dallas.” At the time
the vice president was facing Justice Department and Senate investigations into
corruption, “charges that could lead to political disgrace and even jail time,” the
author and political pundit adds.Life magazine was scheduled to publish an investigative story on LBJ's wheeling anddealing with Texas con-
man Billie Sol Estes the Saturday after JFK‟s visit to Dallas
that also could have sent the vice president to jail, Stone says. Also the Senate wasbeginning public hearings into corruption charges by long-time Johnson pal BobbyBaker, who had been the Senate's Secretary to the Majority leader where he got the
nickname “Little Lyndon.” Those hearings could have exposed and implicated
Johnson. Feeling the growing heat on Capitol Hill that could engulf LBJ as well, Bakerhad resigned his Senate post in early October.
LBJ‟s ties to Baker made Kennedy wary. According to the president‟
s secretary,Evelyn Lincoln, Kennedy told her was planning to drop Johnson from the Democraticticket in 1964 in favor of North Carolina Gov. Terry Sanford, a move that would surely
have ended LBJ‟s political career.
“LBJ kept in constant touch with his Se
nate allies by phone all day November 22, the
day the hearings opened and the very day of JFK‟s assassination,” Stone notes.
Stone adds as further proof of Johnson‟s complicity in the murder that “On November
21, LBJ tells his mistress Madeline Brown, who
bore him a son, „After tomorrow thoseSOBs will never embarrass me again. That's not a threat, that's a promise.‟”
There are other aspects of that day in Dallas that support Stone‟s conclusions. For
example, Johnson and Texas Gov. John Connally, who rode with JFK in themotorcade, insisted on the route that took them slowly past the Texas School BookDepository, despite resistance from Kennedy aides Jerry Bruno and Ken O'Donnell. Atthe last minute LBJ tried to convince JFK to have Connally ride in the Presidentiallimousine and let his bitter enemy Senator Ralph Yarborough ride with Kennedy. The
Secret Service violated it‟s long
-standing policy against slow 120-degree turns, whichthe motorcade had to make entering Dealey Plaza.