MLK, JFK, Sex Parties? New Info on Jackie O

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

It’s been more than 17 years since the death of Jackie O, but over the past week, opinions the lionized former first lady expressed over 40 years ago have sent her back into the media spotlight. This month, a series of interviews with Mrs. Onassis (formerly Kennedy) was released in which she revealed her (possible) disillusionment with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

According to ABC News, during the interviews, Onassis explained that she grew embittered about Dr. King after she discovered that, after recording King via wiretapping, former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had told President Kennedy that King had tried to arrange a sex party while in town for the March on Washington. In addition, Onassis recalled that Hoover told Robert Kennedy that King had made derogatory comments about eulogist Cardinal Richard Cushing during JFK’s funeral.

Of course, these accounts aren’t certain. The original recordings involving King aren’t available for legal public release until 2027, Mrs. Onassis left the interview with a few unfinished thoughts, and a set of varying opinions from contemporary sources leave the issue inconclusive. In any case, these comments unearth the complicated nature of Washington in the 1960s from every perspective–political, professional, and personal.

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