On a chilly October 12, 1964 Monday morning, Mary Pinchot Meyer, a high-society socialite, (and also discovered paramour of the late assassinated President John F. Kennedy) became an assassination victim herself during her customary early morning walk to her art studio. 

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Author Peter Janney knew the Meyer family personally, as Janney’s father, Wistar Janney, was a career CIA operative and close friends with CIA chieftains Richard Helms, James Angleton, and Cord Meyer (Mary’s husband).  

“There was nothing pretty or easy about waking up early one morning in 2006 and finally realizing that my own father—Wistar Janney, a career high-level CIA officer—had been involved in the ‘termination’ of Mary Pinchot Meyer, someone I had grown to love and care about,” says Peter Janney. “Yet there is another horror in the death of Mary Meyer, a horror that reaches far beyond the personal. It is the intimate and undeniable connection between her murder and that of her lover, President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.”  

(Mary’s Mosaic, Peter Janney, Skyhorse Publishing, 307 West36th Street, 11th floor, New York, N.Y. 10018 
[email protected],, 2012, 548 pages, $26.95.)

For more information or to purchase this book from AMAZON.COM simply click on its title:  Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace


Janney begins an excursion through the arrest and trial of a young twenty-five-year-old Raymond Crump, Jr., the accused murderer of Mary Meyer. Under the skillful counsel of defense attorney Dovey Roundtree, Crump’s attorney was able to disintegrate the accusations and charges brought against her client. Despite prosecution’s determined “declaration of war” on Ray Crump, Roundtree meticulously dodged and rebuffed the prosecution’s manipulations of justice. On Friday, July 30, 1965, the jury found Raymond Crump, Jr., not guilty of the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer. Yet, Roundtree had discovered a deeper mystery in the forensic history.

Janney explains: “Dovey Roundtree never abandoned her belief that Ray had been a scapegoat, a ‘patsy,’ who had been set up to take the fall. ‘So far as I am concerned,’ wrote Roundtree in 2009, ‘There is in the complex and tangled web of certain truth and unconfirmed rumor, of the inference and speculation and intrigue that surrounds the life and death of Mary Pinchot Meyer a single critical fact: Raymond Crump’s innocence in her murder.’” 

Raymond Crump Jr., being arrested 


Joseph W. Shimon floated in the highest of government circles. He was a special White House Aide, Washington Police Inspector, liaison to the CIA, U.S Attorney’s office, U.S Secret Service, the Mob, and an official assassin:

“People are eliminated,” said Shimon to his daughter in the spring of 1965. “Honey, you don’t know how many people are just eliminated, just on the operating table alone. They just need to be disposed of.  And don’t ever believe what you read in the newspapers. It’s all made up…among my many jobs, I used to kill people. The government hired me to kill people. It’s a job…you have to, if that’s what you’re told to do.” (Shimon, interviewed by Peter Janney, February 15, 2007.)   

Roundtree further pondered the mysterious phone calls she received, the disappearance of a stalled Nash Rambler and an accompanying “repair order,” as well as the mention of “Mary’s diary having been sequestered by the CIA all these years,” linking Mary’s affair with the assassinated president.   

“Who, then, was the man that Henry Wiggins had seen standing over Mary’s corpse less than fifteen seconds after the fatal second shot was fired?” asks Janney. “His pristine, unstained clothes appeared to match the clothes worn by Ray Crump that morning.”


Janney says that achieving a “new level of understanding in the case” would include a look at “a number of heretofore unseen details, events, experiences, and people.” (Page 144.)

Author Peter Janney

“Another author, Leo Damore, met with Janney in 1992 while working on his own Meyer project. Damore had written a bestseller about Senator Edward Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, and he was hot on the trail of Meyer’s killer, or so he confided to Janney. Damore never finished his book, however. In 1995 he committed suicide. Years later, Janney bought Damore’s research files, using them as the basis for ‘Mary’s Mosaic.’

“James H. Smith, a Falmouth lawyer, was among those encouraging Janney to keep digging. Smith worked for the Kennedy family years ago and knew Damore well. Now 82, he never believed the Warren Commission’s version of JFK’s murder, says Smith today, and finds nothing outlandish in Janney’s the-CIA-did-it scenario.

‘I think Peter’s hit a home run,’ Smith said.’”



Mary had several suitors before her death. One such admirer was Robert (“Bob”) L. Schwartz who was a young naval officer and a journalist who came to know Mary as a very idealistic woman and a pacifist, but ultimately called her “a prima ballerina assoluta.” “She was what women were meant to be,” said Schwartz.

Cord Meyer, “a charismatic war veteran,” Yale graduate, congressman, dated and eventually married Mary Pinchot. Cord decided to work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Directorate of Plans in 1951, “the CIA’s most secretarial division dedicated to the manipulation of world order.”

Janney says: “Somewhere in the bowels of the Washington E Street offices of the newly formed CIA, Cord Meyer transformed all his poetic, insightful visionary wisdom into perfecting schemes and strategies for America’s greater power and control, the often subtle but effective attempts at world domination—no matter what the cost.”

Mary felt a disdain for the CIA and its “mission.” Janney quotes an anonymous source: “Mary absolutely detested Allen Dulles and everything he stood for. She compared him to Machiavelli, only worse.” (Page 184.)

Cord and Mary grew apart, possibly due to Cord’s alcoholism, possibly due to Cord’s obsessive life in the CIA, but also due to Mary’s affair with (in his appearance only) “Italian noble” Jean Pierre. The Meyers were divorced. Shortly following these events, Michael Pinchot Meyer (the son) was hit and killed by an automobile driver. During these sordid circumstances, Cord  became director of the CIA’s black project: Operation Mockingbird.

“Having infiltrated more than twenty-five newspapers and wire agencies, Operation Mockingbird had successfully manipulated the American media to promote the CIA viewpoint…an estimated three thousand salaried and contract CIA employees were engaged in propaganda efforts.”

October 12, 1964 – Mary Pinchot Meyer is murdered in broad daylight on the C & O Canal towpath in Georgetown, three weeks after the release of the Warren Report.

The CIA did not take kindly to an expose’ of their media control operation in Ramparts Magazine. “CIA operative Edgar Applewhite was ordered to operate a campaign to smear the publication and then tender it financially bankrupt,” says Janney. (Page 192.) 

Further CIA conquests included the CIA surveillance of Alfred McCoy’s The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia. The book revealed that American intelligence had collaborated with the drug trade dating back as far as World War II. CIA involvement extended about the globe resulting in the “death squads” in Central America (page 195). Janney talks about a “CIA-led assassination campaign throughout Southeast Asia, Operation Phoenix, (which) made matters even worse.”



Mary’s friends Anne and Jim Truitt began an interest in psychedelic states of consciousness and, according to Jim Truitt, Mary first experimented with psychedelics in 1958, but Janney says a legendary Alfred M. Hubbard (a former World War II OSS agents, uranium entrepreneur) “first introduced her to such exploration.” Dr. Oscar Janiger, a Los Angeles Psychiatrist, was also a member to Hubbard’s visits. Hubbard was very distrustful of the CIA’s exploration of LSD.  “The CIA work stinks,” said Hubbard, “they were misusing it…when they were killing people, you couldn’t tell them a goddamn thing.”

Janney says: “In addition to the CIA, the U.S Army, and Britain’s M16 all had a keen interest in using LSD and other hallucinogens for chemical warfare, in what they hoped would be ‘mind control.’” In one incident, in 1951, the CIA’s Fort Detrick, Maryland had used a crop-duster airplane to cover the town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in Southern France with an aerosol of LSD. “Four people committed suicide before the trauma subsided.”

Frank Olson, a CIA chemical warfare expert, became, in the eyes of his peers, a “security risk” and was supposedly thrown out of his tenth-floor hotel window. It was in his world of high-society intrigue, that Mary’s drug interest expanded.

It was suspected that Mary visited Timothy Leary, the LSD guru, during the early 1960s. That interest would become entwined with her friendship with Jack Kennedy. 


Mary became Friends with her neighbor Jack Kennedy starting somewhere about 1957. Over a number of years, that friendship turned into a closer attraction.

“Mary’s primary attraction for Jack may have ultimately been trust—in the end,” says Janney, “love’s most powerful aphrodisiac.

Richard Helms: The man who kept the JFK secrets

Mary contacted Doctor Timothy Leary about his research and connection to the Harvard Psilocybin Project. “Leary depicted Mary Meyer,” says Janney, “as a kind of missionary for the ascension of world peace through the sagacious use of hallucinogens…an opportune mind-altering experience in the lives of powerful political figures, specifically the leader of the free world…”

Leary’s harassment by the government and his eventual arrest and imprisonment only temporarily stifled his investigation of the murder of his Friend, Mary Meyer.   

“Upon his release from prison in 1976, having read the National Enquirer expose’ about Mary’s affair with Jack published earlier that year, Leary would attempt a second investigation of Mary’s murder,” says Janney, “after coming across a copy of Deborah Davis’ book Katharine the Great  at the home of his friends Jon and Carolyn Bradshaw.”


According to Janney, the Meyer-Kennedy affair began around January, 1962 and perhaps earlier. Both Meyer and the Kennedys, Jack and Bobby, had a growing distrust of Allen Dulles and his increasing exploits, including the Cuban Bay of Pigs, Operation Northwoods, and other nefarious CIA shenanigans.

“Mary’s longtime commitment to world peace, coupled with Jack’s broadening insight that peace, not armed conflict,” says Janney, “was the right path forward, inevitably made an important asset. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, the President’s evolving political trajectory would increasingly isolate him from his own National Security Apparatus.” 

During the Cuban missile crisis, both the U.S military and the CIA, says Janney, were secretly operating unilaterally doing whatever they could to intensify tensions that could ignite a war.

“But in the shadows, evil was very much alive, stalking not only the republic but the president,” says Janney. “Not only were the Joint Chiefs of Staff enraged that Cuba had been attacked, but were also indignant that Kennedy had made concessions to Khrushchev.”    

Author and researcher Leo Damor told Janney about a confidential source who revealed that Mary and Jack Kennedy had taken “a mild LSD trip” in the summer of 1959. Following this episode, Kennedy pushed for a Nuclear Arms Treaty.


Mary Meyer and Jack Kennedy’s new found philosophy of world peace could be seen in his address at American University, dubbed his “peace speech”: “not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, that kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children—not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.”


An assassination attempt on Jack Kennedy was planned for November 2, 1963. The plot would entail multiple gunmen, and a designated patsy, ex-marine Thomas Arthur Vallee. Like Oswald, Thomas Vallee had also served at a U-2 base in Japan under the Joint Technical Advisory Group (JTAG), the CIA’s code name for its U-2 spy plane surveillance unit. Like Lee Harvey Oswald, Vallee “found work” in the fall of November, 1963 in a building next to a L-shaped turn on  the route of the Presidential motorcade. The plot, however, was foiled.

A second plot was discovered during President Kennedy’s trip to Miami on November 18, involving an attempt “From an office building with a high-powered rifle.” The attempt was discovered on November 9, connecting Willie Somerset and right-wing extremist Joseph Milteer.

Early events of the 1960s “foreshadowed” the evil to come. “During the 1950s, an estimated three thousand salaried and contract CIA employees were engaged in propaganda efforts. One of the biggest initial supporters was Philip L. Graham, publisher and owner of the Washington Post.”  At the end of June, 1963, Phil Graham was dead from a small-bore shotgun wound to the head.

“Anybody can commit a murder, but it takes an expert to commit a suicide,” said legendary CIA asset William (“Bill”) R. Corson.


Under the direction of the wicked Dr. Sidney Gottlieb, the CIA Technical Services Staff (TSS) utilized and experimented with a “huge arsenal,” comprised of:

# Drugs and other mind-altering substances, that were given to “unwitting victims” for suicidal depression, brain tumors, cancer, death “from natural causes.”

# “No trace” toxins, undetectable poison darts that could cause a fatal heart attack, programs such as MKULTRA, Artichoke, Paperclip, MKNAOMI.

# Clandestine psychiatric facilities, programs in Mind Control, and obsessions with a Manchurian Candidate programmable assassin (page 268).   

Photo-analytic-expert and chief assistant, Dino Brugioni, of the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) in Washington investigated the famous Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination.

Dino Brugioni discovered “a second, ultra-classified Zapruder film event” in which a “lone Secret Service agent showed up at the NPIC” with a “different” Zapruder film; other employees were sworn to secrecy and no codename attached. “I was sworn to secrecy and it could not be divulged,” said Brugioni.


NPIC photo experts Dino Brugioni and Homer Mahon, in a 1997 interview at the Assassination Records Review Board (AARB), were “blunt…staggering”: (as to how many shots were fired) “About eight shots…three different directions, at least…” 


Mary Meyer held an undisguised contempt for the C IA, including a “loathing” of Allen Dulles and spymaster Jim Angleton. Former CIA contract operative Robert D. Morrow quoted his CIA boss, Marshall Diggs:

“There is a very prominent lady here in Washington who knows too much about the Company, its Cuban Operations, and more specifically about the president’s assassination.”  

In a startling conversation between Bernie Yoh and James Angleton in 1980 (Yoh ran Accuracy in Media: a mouth piece for extreme right-wing views) that he had captured Mary Meyer’s private diary. “It’s her diary” Angleton said, and he gave a copy to Yoh (Bernie Yoh in a telephone interview by Leo Damore in October 30, 1990). 

“That woman that was killed in Georgetown,” Angleton said, “I took care of everything.” 

William L. Mitchell, a former member of the Army Special Forces kill team as a domestic component for the CIA and the National Security Agency, took orders from the CIA’s Domestic K Office (Mitchell’s residence at 1500 Arlington Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia was a CIA safe house); Mitchell confessed that in September 1964, he became part of a “surveillance team” that was monitoring Mary Meyer. 

Leo Damore quoted the diary: “She went to husb + husb to Angleton…her (something) too strong + too powerful.”

(Transcription of tape-recorded telephone conversation between Robert Crowley and Gregory Douglas, January 27, 1996.)


 Janney goes into great detail on how the CIA operation took place on the day of Mary Meyer’s murder, utilizing decoys, camouflage, radios, and a “highly trained assassin.”

“The answer, of course, was that the CIA operation was in control of everything. Once Crump had become the designated patsy, the team knew where he was,” says Janney, “and what he was doing at all times, and especially what he was wearing. They had gone to great lengths to duplicate his clothing for the man standing over the body, who was to be seen by Wiggins.” 

Janney reveals that the telephone call that Mary’s brother-in-law, Ben Bradlee, received on the day of Mary’s murder was not just a “CIA friend,” but was in fact Wistar Janney, an employee of different directories in the Agency during the 1950s and 1060s (including the Office of Current Intelligence [OCI]). Bradlee recalled getting the call about 2:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.  That also was the time the corner had arrived at the murder scene. 

“Was it possible that his call to Ben Bradlee ‘just after lunch’ was designed not only to notify him of the event,” says Janney, “but begin the final piece of the ‘operation’—-establish the identity of the murder victim?” 


Jacob G. Hornberger, president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, took issue with writer Nina Burleigh’s review of Janney’s research into Mary Meyer. Burleigh published a critical review of Janney’s book at The Daily Beast in which she insinuated that the alleged killer Raymond Crump did kill Mary Meyer and that the assassin William Mitchell was not involved (A Very Private Woman, 1998). Burleigh criticized Leo Damore’s telephone conversation with Mitchell as nothing but “hearsay on hearsay and Damore isn’t alive to relate the details of his purported telephone conversation.”

“But what I found fascinating, “ said Hornberger, “is that Burleigh failed to confront the other half of the problem: even if Mitchell wasn’t the assassin, there is still the problem of his possibly having been a fake witness who provided manufactured and perjured testimony in a federal criminal proceeding.”

Hornberger was suspicious of Burleigh’s failing to address William Mitchell by name, and he researched her book to possibly find out why. It was apparent that Burleigh simply referred to Mitchell as “the jogger” and did not mention his name. The other witness, Henry Wiggins Jr, is mentioned, however; why the distraction away from Mitchell? 

“We should keep in mind that a criminal-justice system depends on the integrity of the process,” said Hornberger. “If one side or the other feels free to use fake witnesses and perjured testimony with impunity, knowing that no one within the government will ever investigate or prosecute it, then the entire criminal-justice system becomes worthless or, even worse, tyrannical.” 


(Steve Erdmann continued to be suspicious of the many convenient deaths or disappearances of witnesses of varying degree and substance.)

Likewise, Janney-critic, Jim DiEugenio said that the book was full of errors and exaggerated investigation, often relying on less than credible testimony (in Janney’s favor, however, these DiEugenio remarks make one tend to thoughtfully ask: what was the history of the CIA Operation Mockingbird? [SE]): 

“After long and careful textual and source analysis, what does this book rely on to advance its theses? It relies on people like Damore and Truitt who…simply were not reliable in the state they were in. It relies on a chimerical ‘diary’ that does not exist, and which the best evidence says was really a sketchbook. It relies on so-called CIA documents that are demonstrative fakes originating from a proven forger. It relies on a man like Leary whose story only surfaced 21 years later after he had somehow missed 25 opportunities to tell it.

“Like a contemporary Procrustes, the author then distorts the major characters to fit into his agenda. If one recalls from Greek mythology, Procrustes was a bandit from Attica who would abduct people and then either stretch them or crush them to make them fit into an iron bed. This book stretches Mary Meyer beyond recognition, and crushes JFK beyond recognition. It elongates Crump and then crushes Mitchell to fit into that iron bed. The combination of its dubious information plus the distorted character portraits makes the volume look less like a book than a 17th century phantasmorgia.”

DiEugenio  (unfortunately) alleged that in an earlier version of the book, Janney was possibly also including in Kennedy’s visions for the future, secrets about UFOs and extraterrestrial beings (though, in Steve Erdmann’s purview, this would not have been that totally unsustainable), and even extending testimony from further unreliable sources, such as “serial fabricator” David Heyman:

(Author and researcher Seamus Coogan went through a ‘thunder jug’ series [a confusing kaleidoscope of intrigue and UFO events] of mysterious mentions and possible hoaxes of CIA, military intelligence personnel, findings by UFO researchers–such as Mark Pilkington and scientists such as the late chemical engineer Dr. Leon Davidson–who have, as yet [along with many other serious researchers], no real top or bottom to their findings. Speaking characteristically of the first famous ‘flying saucer’ report of Kenneth Arnold: 

“Thus it wasn’t just many designs that had been tested, but technologies like radio control that were still relatively unknown to the post war public that had been explored for decades before the Arnold sightings on June the 24th, 1947. This started the modern day UFO phenomena. Whether the objects he saw that day were an alien entity, an infamous Vought ‘flying flap jack’ XF5U or a VI73, as Pilkington and Davidson say Arnold saw, some variation of the Northrop or a captured German Horten HO IX model, a prototype glider, or a UAV. All this is open to debate.”)



The ending of the book is Janney’s description of the CIA culture as seen in and through the world of “multinational corporations,” including beginnings in the CIA’s Operation Paper-clip (and also “Operation zipper” pertaining to Kennedy’s murder [as written by CIA assistant deputy director Robert T. Crowley]). As Crowley told author Gregory Douglas: “…she made the mistake of running her mouth…she was threatening to talk.

Wistar Janney was an “ideal go-between, someone who could contact, signal, or coordinate, among all three men: Angleton, Brad Lee, and Cord Meyer,” according to Peter Janney.


Peter Janney came to know these CIA men as living “in a world that answered to no authority” which mocked the lobby slogan and motto at Langley: “Ye shall know the truth and it shall set you free.”

“But it was nothing more than window-dressing, camouflage for ‘the ends justify the means’—the CIA’s true, unwritten code for dealing with anything, or anyone, that happened to inconveniently get in its way. And so it would be with Mary Pinchot Meyer.”       

“Perhaps the most chilling aspect of this mesmerizing book is the detailed and convincing manner in which it reveals the suffocating power of the official JFK assassination cover-up imposed by the U.S. government immediately after his death – the power to manipulate the media and to steal documents; the willingness to manipulate the judicial system by aggressively attempting to frame an innocent man for a crime he did not commit; and even the willingness to commit murder to silence one brave and respected citizen who was about to publicly oppose the sham conclusions of the Warren Report.  Mary Meyer paid for her bravery – and her loyalty – with her life, but Peter Janney has rewarded her courage by publicly revealing, for the first time, the true and complete story of her relationship with President Kennedy during the fateful final year of his life.” (Douglas P. Horne, Chief Analyst for Military Records, The Assassination Records Review Board [ARRB] and author of Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK., Vols. I-V. [])


“After Dallas, amid utter horror and shock, Mary had taken it upon herself to discover and make sense of the truth of the conspiracy that had taken place—only to realize the magnitude of the second conspiracy, a cover-up taking place right before her eyes,” continues Janney. “There, in her diary, she had reached an understanding—not only of the evil that had taken place in Dallas, but of the villainous darkness that was enveloping of America.”

For more information or to purchase this book from AMAZON.COM simply click on its title:  Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace

PART II will be published tomorrow June 23, 2015


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