JFK Secretary Evelyn Lincoln Accuses LBJ, CIA, FBI & Mafia of Conspiring in Assassination
An archive of 7 typed letters signed discussing the legitimacy of conspiracy theories regarding the assassination of 35th U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963). The individuals surveyed in the 1990s by Richard Lee Duncan (1938-2013), a middle school civics teacher in Roanoke, Virginia, were either intimately involved in the Kennedy administration, or historians who studied the era, and include: Evelyn Lincoln; Pierre Salinger; Alexander M. Haig, Jr.; Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.; Nicholas DeBelleville Katzenbach; John Kenneth Galbraith; and William Manchester. Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.
The lot is comprised of, in chronological order:
Evelyn Lincoln (1909-1995), Kennedy's secretary
1. 1p typed letter signed by Evelyn Lincoln as "Evelyn Lincoln" at center. Written in Chevy Chase, Maryland on October 7, 1994 on "Evelyn Lincoln" letterhead. Expected paper folds, else near fine. 8.5" x 11." Accompanied by its original stamped and cancelled transmittal envelope.
Excerpt: "As far as the assassination is concerned, it is my belief that there was a conspiracy because there were those that disliked him and felt the only way to get rid of him was to assassinate him. These five conspirators, in my opinion, were Lyndon B. Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, the Mafia, the CIA and the Cubans in Florida…"
Pierre Salinger (1925-2004), White House Press Secretary during the Kennedy & Johnson Administrations
2. 1p typed letter signed by Pierre Salinger as "Pierre Salinger" at center. Written in Washington, D.C. on January 23, 1997 on "Pierre Salinger / Independent Public Relations Director" letterhead. Expected paper folds, else near fine. 8.5" x 11."
Excerpts: "I still believe that the Warren Commission was true and that Kennedy was killed directly by Lee Harvey Oswald…I have not completely walked away from the conspiracy theory. My view is that if there was a conspiracy, it could only be the Mafia…As far as Evelyn's other theories, I don't believe them at all."
Alexander M. Haig, Jr. (1924-2010), Staff Officer to Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Pentagon during the Kennedy era
3. 1p typed letter signed by Alexander M. Haig, Jr. as "Alexander Haig" at center. Dated January 29, 1997 on "Office of / Alexander M. Haig, Jr." letterhead. Expected paper folds, else near fine. 8.5" x 11."
Excerpts: "Because I was in reasonably close proximity to the events as they unfolded, I have written in some detail on the subject…My views do not in any way coincide with those expressed by Mrs. Lincoln."
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (1917-2007), Kennedy's Special Assistant, & Later a Historian
4. 1p typed letter signed by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. as "Arthur Schlesinger" at center. Written in New York, New York on January 29, 1997 on regular typing paper hand-stamped with Schlesinger's name and address at top. Expected paper folds, else near fine. 8.5" x 11."
Excerpts: "It is clear that the Warren Commission report was based on inadequate investigation…On the conspiracy point, I remain agnostic. The mob and the anti-Castro Cubans had motives…As for Mrs Lincoln's other villains, I am sure that Lyndon B. Johnson would not for a moment have tolerated an assassination plot against John Kennedy."
Nicholas DeBelleville Katzenbach (1922-2012), U.S. Deputy Attorney General during the Kennedy & Johnson Administrations
5. 2pp typed letter signed by Nicholas Katzenbach as "Nicholas DeB Katzenbach" at the center of the second page. Written in Princeton, New Jersey on January 29, 1997 on "Nicholas DeB. Katzenbach" letterhead. Expected paper folds, else near fine. 8.5" x 11."
Excerpts: "I am sorry [Lincoln] takes the rather extreme and, I believe, absurd view of his [Kennedy's] death…There is, of course, no evidence to support any of [the conspiracy theories]. I am convinced, unsatisfying as it is, that the Warren Commission got it right, Oswald acted alone and killed the President with a lucky shot…It is virtually impossible in my view to cover up a crime of this magnitude -- for a conspiracy to maintain a code of silence for years…"
John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006), Kennedy Appointed U.S. Ambassador to India, & Later a Historian
6. 1p typed letter signed by John Kenneth Galbraith as "J.K. Galbraith" at lower right. Written in Cambridge, Massachusetts on February 4, 1997 on "John Kenneth Galbraith" letterhead. Expected paper folds, else near fine. 6" x 6.75." Accompanied by its original stamped and cancelled transmittal envelope.
Excerpts: "I have a ready answer to your question: any thought of a conspiracy should be dismissed…The reason of course is simple: no conspiracy of this kind, with such notable participants, could possibly have been kept secret all this time. The truth is not always immediatley [sic] available, but it is ultimately inevitable. And so here."
William Manchester (1922-2004), author of "The Death of a President" (1967)
7. 1p typed letter signed by William Manchester as "Wlm Manchester" at lower left. Written in Middletown, Connecticut on February 7, 1997 on customized Wesleyan University letterhead. Expected paper folds, else near fine. 5.5" x 8.5." Accompanied by its original stamped and cancelled transmittal envelope.
Excerpt: "Evelyn Lincoln is one of my oldest and closest friends, but she errs in writing that the House Intelligence Committee - the House Select Committee - concluded that there was a conspiracy in the death of President Kennedy…"
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