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    During his 1960 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, JFK reveals a blackmail attempt!

    John F. Kennedy Autograph Statement Signed "John Kennedy/April 8th" in pencil, two pages, 8.5" x 11", front and verso. No place, April 8, 1960. In full, "I talked today with Bobby Baker. He informed me that three weeks ago an attorney he knew named Mickey Wiener from Newark (?) Hudson Co. called him. Wiener states that if Sen. Johnson would give him 150,000 to the wife of 'a well known movie actor' (Baker did not know her name or who the actor was), she would file an affidavit that she had had an affair with me. Baker said he thought it was blackmail, and did not inform Johnson of the matter. He did tell Joe Alsop that he was concerned about an attempt at blackmail of me but did not go into the details." Bobby Baker was the Senate Majority secretary and a protégé of Lyndon Johnson who had not as yet announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. Joe Alsop was a syndicated Washington political columnist. Signed to the left of Kennedy's signature, also in pencil: "Pierre Salinger/Apl 8, 1960." Present is a 9.25" x 4" white business-size envelope. It is torn open at one end. The flap is sealed with drops of red wax. Beneath the wax is the following, in ink: "Sealed by/Pierre Salinger/Apl 11, 1960/Witnessed by" to which Salinger's personal secretary has signed "Lenore Ostrow 4-11-60." The letter is lightly singed between the second and third lines on the second page from the hot sealing wax.

    From The Kennedy Men: 1901-1963 by Laurence Leamer (HarperCollins, 2002): "Jack had a serious personal matter on his hands during the crucial West Virginia primary. His personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, put in her private files a handwritten, two-page letter dated April 8, 1960. Three days later his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, who has no memory of this incident, sealed the letter while being witnessed by his assistant."

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