Saturday, March 16, 2013

50 Years Since JFK Assassination Retrospective: Did LBJ Know JFK Was To Be Eliminated?

In his book The Texas Connection, Craig Zirbel asserted that according to former President Johnson's "girlfriend of over 20 years, Madeline Brown, Lyndon Baines Johnson told her prior to President Kennedy's assassination that Kennedy was going to be killed in Dallas" and LBJ "knew in advance but did nothing." Zirbel also wrote that "according to Johnson's motorcade seatmate, Democratic Senator Ralph Yarborough (who smelled gunpowder near the grassy knoll), at the exact time of the assassination Johnson had his ear up against a small walkie-talkie held over the back seat listening to the device which was `turned down real low.'"

Coincidentally, in her book JFK: The Last Dissenting Witness, Jean Hill also recalled that a Dallas motorcycle cop who escorted President Kennedy's car on November 22, 1963--J.B. Marshall--told her the following, after President Johnson was inaugurated:

"According to the guys who were escorting his car in the motorcade, our new president is either one jumpy sonofabitch or he knows something he's not telling about the Kennedy thing...

"They say he started ducking down in the car a good 30 or 40 seconds before the first shots were fired...I'd say that's just a little peculiar, wouldn't you?...

"One of them told McGuire he saw Johnson duck down even before the car turned onto Houston Street...

"...This guy said it sure looked like he was expecting bullets to be flying."

(Downtown 2/3/93)

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