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Ted Kennedy’s FBI File: ‘Sex Parties’ in New York

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An FBI memo dating from 1965 linked Sen. Ted Kennedy to “sex parties” in New York that also allegedly involved his brothers, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe.

That’s just one of the revealing documents contained in Kennedy’s massive FBI file, which was obtained by Newsmax under the Freedom of Information Act.

The memo states: “It was reported that Mrs. Jacqueline Hammond, age 40, has considerable information concerning sex parties which took place at the Hotel Carlyle in NYC, and in which a number of persons participated at different times. Among those mentioned were the following individuals: Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe.”

The document was dated July 14, 1965, a year and a half after John Kennedy’s assassination. It does not state how Hammond might have come upon this information, but it does note that she is “reportedly very wealthy” and “maintains a room at the Hotel Carlyle.”

Ted Kennedy’s 2,352-page FOIA filed was released Monday. Kennedy, who was first elected to the Senate in 1962, died last August at age 77 following a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

Surprisingly, the FOIA file contains almost no original information regarding Kennedy’s 1969 vehicular accident at Chappaquiddick Island that resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. The FBI pointed out in a statement that it “had no investigative role in this case, since there were no violations of federal criminal law involved.”

However, there is one document transmitted just hours after the accident that mentioned “Mary Palporki” and said the local chief of police “confidentially advised that driver of automobile was Senator Edward M. Kennedy who was uninjured. Stated fact Senator Kennedy was driver is not being revealed to anyone.”

Much of the material in Kennedy’s FOIA file relates to numerous threats he received over the years from people disturbed either by his political actions or by his involvement in Kopechne’s death.

Among the curious items Newsmax has gleaned from the FBI file:

  • Typical of the threatening correspondence is a letter sent to Kennedy in 1970 calling him an “idiot,” “pig,” “goon,” and “dirty Democrat,” and stating that “some jerk will shoot you.”
  • Other letters stated that “Mary Jo will haunt you” and “you killed Mary Jo in your back seat of hired car because she told you she was pregnant.”
  • Conservative icon William F. Buckley, who was certainly no fan of the liberal senator, notified the FBI that a woman in his office had received a call from someone warning that there was a plot hatched in Havana, Cuba, to target Kennedy for assassination on Nov. 15, 1969. Kennedy’s offices in Washington and Boston were notified.
  • A deputy sheriff in Virginia may have accidentally listened in on phone call ordering a murder. The deputy told the FBI he was dialing a number when he was suddenly connected to a phone conversation between two men. One said: “I want Kennedy shot Monday morning.” The second man asked: “What should I use?” The first man: “An eight six five carbine.” The second man responded: “Is there a contract?” The first man again: “Will pay ten thousand dollars.” There was no indication that the Kennedy mentioned was in fact the senator, but the information was included in Ted Kennedy’s file nevertheless.
  • The FBI in April 1970 received a letter from an individual who claimed to have attended a Mafia meeting at which the killing of JFK and Martin Luther King was discussed. The letter also claimed that the real killer of JFK was still at large and planning to kill Ted Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
  • A November 1969 letter, postmarked in Atlanta, was sent to Kennedy’s Washington Office by a person claiming to represent a group of World War II veterans called “The Committee of Two Hundred.” The letter called Kennedy “a disgrace to the Senate,” and stated: “We are after you, Mr. Kennedy, and one of us will get you.” The bureau actually spent taxpayers’ money to ascertain that the Atlanta telephone directory, not surprisingly, contained “no information or reference to the ‘Committee of Two Hundred.’”
  • A woman appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in 1972, warned of a plot to kill Kennedy originating in Hawaii — and claimed that Richard Nixon was the father of her 10-year-old son.
  • The writer of a letter warning of an assassination attempt against Kennedy and other political figures wrote that “this letter was dictated by Ouija Board.”
  • A “suspicious package” that arrived at Kennedy’s office in Washington was found to contain Lifesavers candies, a book by Alfred Hitchcock, wire, and a small globe.
  • In July 1965, a “confidential source” who had supplied “reliable information” in the past said the Mafia wanted to place women supplied by “associates of Frank Sinatra” in “compromising situations” with Ted and Robert Kennedy and their brother-in-law Peter Lawford. The FBI did not investigate the claim.
  • An FBI memo dated June 6, 1968 — the day after Robert Kennedy was shot — asked FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to “make certain that Ted Kennedy gets all the protection he needs. We are down to one Kennedy.”
  • In May 1954, Kennedy’s father Joseph P. Kennedy called the FBI and said he had learned that columnist Drew Pearson was going to write that Ted had not been permitted to undergo Army intelligence training at Fort Holabird, Md., because an FBI report linked him to a group of “pinkos.” The elder Kennedy was informed that the Bureau had conducted no investigation concerning Ted Kennedy.
  • Kennedy left a notebook aboard an airplane after a Pan American flight to San Francisco in July 1961. It was eventually turned over to the FBI. According to a Bureau document, the notebook was in fact a diary, and an early entry disclosed that Kennedy had run out of gas and had to walk home for another car. It also referred to Kennedy’s recent visit to Latin America. About the Mexicans, he wrote: “They hate us. One, because we are rich, two, war of 1847, three, occupation of Veracruz.” He also described a meeting with students in Venezuela who he said were “all real communists.”
  • Another document reveals that during his visit to Mexico City, Kennedy was interested in talking with “leftists” to “determine why they think as they do.”
  • An October 1969 memo said Nixon administration official John Dean said Attorney General John Mitchell were “anxious to discreetly find out if Mary Jo Kopechne had visited Greece in August 1968.” The memo also disclosed that the FBI had investigated reports that Kopechne “spent some time with a young hoodlum who is now behind bars for cashing hot checks.”
  • In December 1969, a Kennedy aide asked for the FBI’s help after Kennedy received a blackmail letter and “three obscene Polaroid photographs which obviously had been doctored.” The photos placed the heads of Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Kopechne, Jacqueline Kennedy and Coretta Scott King on the bodies of other people. The letter threatened to turn the photos over to newspapers unless a payment of $100,000 was made.

Written by bkl1

June 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm

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