Recap: E22 Mary Pinchot Meyer Pt.2

“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.” – President John F. Kennedy in a letter to Mary Pinchot Meyer.

In the final installment of the Mary Pinchot Meyer case, Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories show hosts Carter Roy and Wenndy Mackenzie recap crucial information from last week’s episode and present the two main theories about her death.

 

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Trying to help President John F. Kennedy relax, Mary convinces him to take a hit from the joint she’s smoking. He’s reluctant at first but eventually accepts it.

In a flash forward to Mary’s funeral, her brother-in-law Ben Bradlee handles most of the arrangements. Lawyers, diplomats, artists, politicians, journalists and members of the CIA all come out to pay their respects. The church is filled with people Mary knew and socialized with. The head of the CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff James Jesus Angleton serves as an usher and her former husband is overcome with grief.

Years later, in 1976, the National Enquirer publishes a bombshell exclusive with Mary’s close friend James Truitt who tells the paper that she had a two-year affair with President John F. Kennedy and that they smoked marijuana together. Truitt also tells the National Enquirer that Mary’s diary was burned by James Jesus Angleton. Aides from the Kennedy administration vehemently deny all claims and many think Truitt is mentally unwell for saying such things, including his wife and doctor.

Back in 1964, after Anne Truitt calls Ben Bradlee about Mary’s diary, he and Tony go to the converted garage studio where Mary used to paint to look for it. While contemplating how to get inside, they turn the corner to find James Jesus Angleton already picking the lock. When he finally unlocks the door, they all file inside and Tony finds her sister’s diary. Tony and Ben agree to let their counterintelligence agent friend take the diary back to his office and burn it.

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories show host Wenndy Mackenzie expresses her dislike of Angleton. She says that even though James Jesus Angleton was a close friend of Mary and her former husband, he had her phone tapped after the divorce and hid microphones in her bedroom. There is even speculation that he never burned the diary or burned the original and made a copy.

Carter jumps in with an even more startling revelation – in 1962, Mary approaches former Harvard psychology lecturer Timothy Leary about using LSD to “open” President John F. Kennedy’s mind to more pacific views. Then after JFK’s assassination, Mary calls Leary to tell him she suspected the CIA was involved in the President’s death and that the Warren Commission Report was a cover up.

Carter suspects the CIA killed Mary to keep her silent and that her former husband may even have known about it. Wenndy doesn’t buy the conspiracy and believes Mary was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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