The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK (Hardcover)
Focusing for the first time on why attorney general Robert F. Kennedy wasn t killed in 1963 instead of on why President John F. Kennedy was, Mark Shaw offers a stunning and provocative assassination theory that leads directly to the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy. Mining fresh information and more than forty new interviews, Shaw weaves a spellbinding narrative involving Mafia don Carlos Marcello; Jack Ruby (Lee Harvey Oswald s killer); Ruby s attorney, Melvin Belli; and, ultimately, the Kennedy brothers and their father.Shaw addresses these tantalizing questions: Why, shortly after his brother s death, did a grief-stricken RFK tell a colleague, I thought they would get one of us . . . I thought it would be me ? Why was Belli, an attorney with almost no defense experience (but proven ties to the Mafia), chosen as Jack Ruby s attorney? How does Belli s Mafia connection call into question his legal strategy, which ultimately led to the Ruby s first-degree murder conviction and death sentence? What was Joseph Kennedy s relationship to organized crime? And how was his insistence that JFK appoint RFK as attorney general tantamount to signing the president s death warrant?For fifty years, Shaw maintains, researchers investigating the president s murder in Dallas have been looking at the wrong motives and actors. The Poison Patriarch offers a shocking reassessment one that is sure to alter the course of future assassination debates.