Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

February 28, 2009

Mary Meyer Lives! And her Secret Diary?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 5:41 pm

Well the controversy over her death lives. And the details of her life still has those who know about this alluring and engimatic mistress of JFK buzzing.

I just saw the new film An American Affair starring Gretchen Mol as the transparently obvious standin in for the beautiful socialite, painter, divorced wife of CIA big shot Cord Meyer, perhaps the most serious love affair among JFKs many one night stands (or less)– and victim of an officially unsolved murder close to a year after the president’s assassination.

I have mixed feelings about it. Mol is miscast, she suggests Marilyn Monroe; Mary Meyer was a Vassar thorobred, Kate Beckinsale has the look, the to-the-manor born manner. And the movie has a James Angleton figure burning Mary Meyer’s diary when anyone who thinks Angleton didn’t make a copy before the diary was burned by Mary Meyer’s friends doesn’t know Angleton.

I know there are depths to this story only scratched by my initial reporting (along with Philip Nobile)–reprinted in The Secret Parts of Fortune. But our belief that the acquittal of the chief suspect–yes, a lone gunman–didn’t mean he wasn’t guilty was affirmed by Nina Burleigh’s scrupulous subsequent reporting. And I know my friend Charlie Finch has a lot more to say on the subject, but I’ve yet to be convinced it was a CIA hit or connected with the JFK assassination as the movie would have you believe. But myth sems to outrun history these days and it makes a better story I guess.

And the movie does succeed, at least in my case it did, in reviving the powerful emotional impact the assassination had. Like many who live through it–no matter what dark secrets were subsequently revealed–in some way I still haven’t recovered.



  1. All I am liberty to say is that the JFK assassination was a personal crime deliberately disguised as political crime. To understand the murder watch the film “Murder on the Orient Express”.

    Comment by charlie finch — February 28, 2009 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  2. I remain convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald alone assassinated John F. Kennedy. He had the motive, necessary skills and opportunity to carry out this vile act. Mary Meyer’s murder was most assuredly an unconnected event. An important book to read is James Piereson’s, Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism. The leftists community does everything possible to hide the fact that a convinced Communist murdered the cold warrior president. Sadly, they have been very effective! The polling data suggest that the majority of Americans have fallen for this nonsense.

    Comment by David Thomson — March 1, 2009 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  3. Zapruder film shows shot from front

    Comment by charlie finch — March 2, 2009 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  4. I strongly recommend that everyone obtain a copy of the late Peter Jenning’s ABC News report entitled, “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy.” It throughly rebukes the conspiracy theorists. You can purchase a used copy from for a very low price.

    Comment by David Thomson — March 2, 2009 @ 2:13 pm | Reply

  5. I read over a dozen books on the JFK assassination. Bugliosi’s Reclaiming History settled the matter for me: Oswald was the lone assassin.

    Comment by huxley — March 2, 2009 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

  6. If this is the same Ron Rosenbaum that wrote about the state of the novel for Slate – then I am fully with you in trying to wrest the novel away from the literati. The novel is dying a long, painful, and protracted death – until it will be finally pinned to a display like a butterfly, next to opera and poetry.
    Genre fiction – crime, thriller, even YA, are delivering great stories – but the best long-form narratives being created today is on TV – The Wire, The Sopranos

    Comment by Johnny Kennedy — March 3, 2009 @ 11:14 am | Reply

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