Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer
Conspiracy theorists who question President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 have, over the years, become obsessed with another murder. On Oct. 12, 1964, socialite and artist Mary Pinchot Meyer, a longtime Kennedy mistress, was shot execution-style in broad daylight while walking along the Georgetown canal towpath.
Within hours, police charged day labourer Ray Crump Jr. with murder. They never found the gun, however, and a jury acquitted Crump after an eye-witness described the killer as much bigger than the diminutive defendant. In the ensuing years, the case has become one of Washington’s most infamous unresolved murder cases.
Mary Pinchot Meyer never received the last letter John F. Kennedy wrote to her. In October 1963, the 35th U.S. President penned a love letter to his alleged mistress, Mary Pinchot Meyer, begging her to come and visit him later that month, but he never mailed it. JFK was assassinated the following month, and Mary Pinchot Meyer was found murdered one year later. Her murder remains unsolved.
“Why don’t you leave suburbia for once — come and see me — either here — or at the Cape next week or in Boston the 19th. I know it is unwise, irrational, and that you may hate it — on the other hand, you may not – and I will love it. You say that it is good for me not to get what I want. After all of these years — you should give me a more loving answer than that. Why don’t you just say yes?”
JFK’s letter to Mary Pinchot Meyer was written on White House stationery, although the tops of the official letterhead were cut off. But when the letter is held up to the light, the faded presidential seal watermarks are visible. The note was never mailed, but it was saved by Kennedy’s personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln.
Mary Pinchot Meyer began her affair with President Kennedy sometime in the early 1960s. Mary’s name was all over White House gate logs, showing she signed in to see the President on at least 15 occasions between October, 1961, and August, 1963. JFK’s confidant, Kenny O’Donnell, said the President told him that he “was deeply in love with Mary, that after he left the White House he envisioned a future with her and would divorce Jackie.”
Charles Bartlett, another close friend of the president, confirmed that “Jack was in love with Mary Meyer. He was certainly smitten by her, he was heavily smitten … It was a dangerous relationship.”