Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace

Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace

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by Peter Janney

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A shocking exposé on the life and death of political peace activist Mary Pinchot Meyer, whose relationship with John F. Kennedy sheds new light on the circumstances surrounding his assassination.

Who really murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer in the fall of 1964? Why was there a mad rush by CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton to immediately locate…  See more details below


A shocking exposé on the life and death of political peace activist Mary Pinchot Meyer, whose relationship with John F. Kennedy sheds new light on the circumstances surrounding his assassination.

Who really murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer in the fall of 1964? Why was there a mad rush by CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton to immediately locate and confiscate her diary? What in that diary was so explosive and revealing? Had Mary Meyer finally put together the intricate pieces of a bewildering, conspiratorial mosaic of information that revealed a plan to assassinate her lover, President Kennedy, with the trail ultimately ending at the doorstep of the Central Intelligence Agency? And was it mere coincidence that Mary Meyer was killed less than three weeks after the release of the Warren Commission Report?

Based on years of painstaking research and interviews, much of it revealed here for the first time, author Peter Janney traces some of the most important events and influences in the life of Mary Pinchot Meyer—including her first meeting with Jack Kennedy at the Choate School during the winter of 1936, her explorations with psychedelic drugs, and finally how she supported her secret lover, the president of the United States, as he turned away from the Cold War toward the pursuit of world peace. As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination—and Mary Meyer’s—Mary’s Mosaic adds to our understanding of why both took place.

The paperback edition of Mary’s Mosaic has been updated and revised with a significant Post Script that focuses on Meyer’s alleged assassin, who the author finally located and confronted in person in August 2012, as well as the ongoing saga of Janney’s attempt to reopen the case based on new evidence.

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Publishers Weekly
Although unlikely to cause any JFK conspiracy theorists or Warren Commission defenders to change camps, Janney's exhaustive look at the 1964 murder of Mary Meyer shines a light on a now obscure crime that could have a connection to the events in Dallas a year earlier. Meyer, rumored to have been the president's mistress shortly before his death, was gunned down on a walk on a towpath in Washington, D.C. The police quickly seized upon Ray Crump Jr., an African-American found in the vicinity, as the shooter, despite his not matching an eyewitness's description of the man he'd seen standing over the corpse. The victim's social status made the murder a high-profile one. Apart from her alleged personal involvement with Kennedy (which Janney takes as established fact), her brother-in-law was now legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. The author is most successful at demonstrating the innocence of Crump (who was acquitted at trial), and pointing out unanswered questions. That Janney was friendly with Meyer, that one of her sons was his best friend growing up, that he accuses his own father (who worked for the CIA) of being complicit in her death, casts doubt on his objectivity—and his ultimate theory that Meyer was eliminated because she was asking too many questions about her lover's murder. (May)
Boston Globe

Reads like a John Grisham thriller crossed with an Oliver Stone movie.

Dick Russell
“Penetrating insight into the still-hidden history of an era . . . a mesmerizing page-turner.”
Jim Marrs
“Mary’s Mosaic just might have solved a great murder mystery. This is a must-read.”
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“Reads like a John Grisham thriller crossed with a Oliver Stone movie.” —The Boston Globe

“A fascinating story... Peter Janney’s unsparing analysis moves us closer to a reckoning.”
—Oliver Stone

"As a result of Mr. Janney's decades long work, I have no doubt that, in significance and purpose, this murder ranks alongside the other assassinations of the 1960's. She was not only the singular soul mate and lover of President John Kennedy, but the inspiration for his commitment to turn our Republic away from the Cold War and toward world peace."
—Dr. William J. Pepper, author of Orders to Kill

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Meet the Author

Peter Janney grew up in Washington, DC, during the 1950s and 1960s. His father was a high-ranking CIA official and close friends with Richard Helms, James Angleton, and Mary’s husband, Cord Meyer. His mother and Mary Meyer were classmates at Vassar College. He lives in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Dick Russell is a nationally respected activist, environmentalist, and author of critically acclaimed books, including, with Jesse Ventura, the New York Times bestsellers 63 Documents the Government Doesn’t Want You to Read and American Conspiracies. He is also the author of On the Trail of the JFK Assassins and The Man Who Knew Too Much. Russell has been published in many of the nation’s top magazines and has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio programs, including the NBC Nightly News. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and Boston, Massachusetts.

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Mary's Mosaic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've been any kind of JFK assassination researcher, this book will put a chill down your spine. I read it in one day, not being able to put it down. The writer is the son of a CIA agent, so he gives personal testimony of his father's (faked) reaction to the death of Meyer. I didn't realize the LSD and marijuana use of JFK and Mary Meyer, and Timothy Leary even plays a minor part in the book. It provides another piece of evidence in the tortuous labyrinth that is the JFK assassination. The author also got to compare notes with other children of CIA agents as they pieced together what happened from their own childhood experiences at the time and what they have learned since. One of the most chilling parts of the book is how the CIA set up the assassination of Mary Meyer exactly as a mini-model of the JFK assassination the year earlier. This book is critical reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about the assassination of President Kennedy. This one is unlike any other. It's personal. It takes the reader inside the story, introducing us to John Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and many of their acquaintences and colleagues at a very personal level. Ironically, some of these acquaintences and colleagues (and in Mary's case family) are the people that orchestrated the murders of the president and Mary and the subsequent cover-ups. Mr. Janney's persistence, tenacity, and courage in bringing this important piece of history to light - and his dedication to Mary and the truth - are clearly evident throughout. Many well known figures appear on these pages. If you want to understand what happened to President Kennedy - and to the United States of America - you must read this book. Rest in peace Mary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author likes to present a fact and interpret it as if there can be only one explanation for it. He also likes to imply .. well more than imply .. that previous investigators of this horrible murder had untimely deaths. Yet somehow, he is still alive and was able to publish this book. I got very bored and was not impressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very daring work. Mr. Janney is either very brave or very well hidden. Mary's Mosaic is about how the CIA killed JFK and his lover Mary Pinchot Meyer because she knew too much about the coup which took place, changing the USA forever. READ THIS BOOK!!!! YOU OWE IT TO THE FUTURE!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book exposes the CIA and how they were involved in the murder of JFK. It also investigates the murder of Mary Myer, who was one of JFK's lovers, and reveals the real killer. A must read to find out the inner workings of the CIA in the 60's and how they are working today.
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GingerSnapp More than 1 year ago
Having read so many books on the JFK conspiracy theories, I was a little skeptical reading about yet another of his mistresses. Was I ever surprid. This book rings true, with so many CIA connections to the murder of Mary Meyers, you will not be able to stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book surely kept my interest every step of the way. Somewhere in all the references of JFK affairs with Hollywood stars and Mafia women, this story of Mary Meyer was totally new information for me. Janney does a convincing job of telling us that JFK may have been seriously involved with Mary Meyer and that their relationship was enough to raise questions about her murder. Janney tends to repeat the same information over and over again. His writing style is not the best. None the less, his book sparked my interest and I will be reading some of the books about the CIA that Janney referenced in his work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book on the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath since Jim Marrs' Crossfire. Riveting and convincing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent documentation. Very clear and concise. Mary's Mosaic reopens many questions and theories, which do not seem 'paranoid' at all.
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The Assassination of Mary Meyer: The framing of an innocent man and how it all relates to the JFK assassination Consider that: Mary Pinchot Meyer was assassinated, a short time after the assassination of her lover, President John F. Kennedy; Unlike President Kennedy’s many affairs, his relationship with Mary Meyer was a very serious relationship; Mary had been married for many years to a high-ranking CIA officer who was later named as being directly involved in the planning and execution of the assassination of John F. Kennedy; The Warren Report had been publicly released just weeks prior to Mary’s murder and she was openly outraged at how it was such an obvious whitewash of the truth; The CIA had pre-knowledge of Mary’s murder; The CIA’s Counterintelligence Chief was found in Mary’s home, frantically searching for her diary; The official version of what happened to Mary’s private diary was a pack of lies. Sounds like a great movie, doesn’t it? Except that it all actually happened. “Mary’s Mosaic” is one of the most dramatically compelling books to come out in a long time. It operates seamlessly- and at the exact same time- as Murder Thriller, Courtroom Drama, Spy Story and Historical Mystery. The author, Peter Janney, had a unique perspective as an insider growing up in the CIA spy circles of Washington, D.C. and he harnessed those unique connections to weave together the facts on one of the most interesting “cold cases” in history. The book answers questions that are not only intriguing in themselves, but also of great historical importance. Why was Mary Meyer’s romantic affair with President Kennedy such a serious relationship and unlike all of his other indiscretions? How did President Kennedy make the personal transition from “war hawk” to man of peace? Why is it not even possible that Mary’s accused murderer was actually guilty of the crime? Why did the CIA’s COUNTERINTELLIGENCE CHIEF make a mad rush to grab Mary’s diary right after she was killed? Mary Pinchot Meyer was a magnificently interesting woman— she was intelligent and beautiful and her charms captivated the attentions of President Kennedy. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the 1960s in general and the JFK assassination in particular. It’s an important work because it corrects the myth that has surrounded both the relationship between President Kennedy and Mary, as well as the true circumstances of her assassination. It also conveys, in a personal sense, how President Kennedy made the transformation from Cold War warrior to a leader who was extremely distrustful of both the Military and Intelligence establishments and knew the horrors that they were all-too-capable of performing. Some revelations are established in the process: the author proves that the CIA had foreknowledge of Mary Meyer’s murder even BEFORE the police had identified her body. The responsible party for the assassination of Mary Meyer is also revealed, but— like a great movie, don’t spoil it for anybody— just get this great book and enjoy it!
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