Candid letters between Jacqueline Kennedy and her priest reveal her raw emotions about her marriage, JFK’s assassination, and more.
May 19, 2014 will mark 20 years since U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy died. As first lady, she captured the imagination of America with her style and grace. And as much as she was a public figure whose life unfolded before the the world, she maintained a legacy of mystique even in death.
But some of that carefully guarded mystique may be over. This week confidential letters she wrote to her Irish priest were made public. If you have about $1.6 million to spare, you can try to buy them when they hit the auction block next month in Ireland.
The world will now be able to take a closer look into the life of the woman who fiercely guarded her privacy… her doubts, her fears, her vulnerability.
According to the Irish Times, Kennedy started writing to Irish priest Joseph Leonard before she was married to John F. Kennedy and through her darkest days after his death. The letters are said to reveal her thoughts about her husband’s infidelity, his assassination, and other personal subjects that would have likely made a very engrossing memoir.
It will be interesting to see what will become of these 33 letters and whether or not the air of mystery that surrounds Kennedy will diminish or grow. One can only imagine what she believed would happen to them. In her final letter to Father Leonard before he died in 1964, she wrote, “I feel more cruelly every day what I have lost —I always would have rather lost my life than lost Jack.”
Click here for information about the auction and Mrs. Kennedy’s letters.