Fifty-One years ago, a mother of two was brutally murdered in broad daylight in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. For several hours her identity remained a mystery to investigators. When her identity was revealed, it as sent shock-waves through the political and intelligence circles of Washington and raised the eyebrows of researchers of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Mary Pinchot-Meyer, the estranged wife of Cord Meyer, Jr., was only 44 when she was murdered, leaving behind sons Quentin and Mark. Peter Janney, a friend of the Meyer family and best of friend of the Meyer’s late and middle son Michael, presents to us his investigation into her murder and why it remains a crucial part of the investigation into the murder of President John F. Kennedy.
But who was Mary Pinchot Meyer and who would want her dead? Janney answers these questions and his closeness to the Meyers gives him a unique perspective regarding her murder, the actions of her close “friends” after her death, the sham trial against Ray Crump, Jr. and the actions of his own father, Wistar Janney, also an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency. Beginning with Meyer’s death, the book takes us through several twist and turns, each revealing more and more troubling aspects of both murders. We’re also introduced to several highly important individuals related to both of the deceased such as William Harvey, Ben Bradlee and the mysterious James Jesus Angleton. And the further the author takes us into Meyer’s life and the chilling connections surrounding her death, the more we realize how crucial her murder is in solving the crime that occurred in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. Many years have passed since she and JFK departed this earth, but their murders have brought to life a very dark side of U.S. intelligence. Her life was truly a mosaic, filled with unbelievable characters and events and one that continues to put fear into those who knew and loved her.