By TOM LEONARD
30 May 2013
Dailymail.co.uk

Forget the Soviets, the CIA or the Mafia. Of all the extraordinary theories that have swirled around the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy, surely the most outrageous — and intriguing — is that he was killed on the orders of his own Vice President, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

As recently as 2003, a Gallup poll found that nearly 20 per cent of Americans believed that ‘LBJ’ had some hand in the assassination of the man he went on to succeed in the White House.
It is an astonishing claim to make of any U.S. President, but all the more startling given the peculiarly tragic circumstances of Kennedy’s murder.

The snapshot of Johnson being sworn in as President hours later on board Air Force One, with a stony-faced Jackie Kennedy by his side, must be one of the most emotive images in U.S. political history.

Of all the theories that have swirled around the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy, surely the most outrageous is that he was killed on the orders of his own Vice President, Lyndon Baines Johnson

The snapshot of Johnson being sworn in as President, hours after JFK’s assassination, on board Air Force One, with Jackie Kennedy by his side, must be one of the most emotive images in U.S. political history

The possibility that the poignancy of the occasion concealed a terrible deception seems too awful to contemplate.

Texas-born LBJ was a great political reformer. But he was also one of the most amoral statesmen of the 20th century, a man with an all-consuming political ambition who stole votes, tampered with ballot boxes, traduced and betrayed friends, trampled over enemies, bribed the electorate and was determined to be President almost at any cost.

But could he really have engineered the death of JFK so that he could take his place?

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