What Lincoln's Pockets Held When he Died and Other Presidential Oddities
What Lincoln’s Pockets Held When he Died and Other Presidential Oddities

What Lincoln’s Pockets Held When he Died and Other Presidential Oddities

Khalid Elhassan - July 15, 2021

What Lincoln’s Pockets Held When he Died and Other Presidential Oddities
Marilyn Monroe in 1962 between RFK, left, and JFK, right. Wikimedia

1. When JFK Passed Marilyn Monroe On to RFK

After President John F. Kennedy was done with Marilyn Monroe, he basically passed her on to Robert F. Kennedy, his younger brother and the United States’ Attorney General. RFK’s image was that of a happily married and devoted husband, with a large and steadily growing family that eventually had eleven children. He was viewed as the most family-oriented and straitlaced of the Kennedy brothers, so if his relationship with Monroe had hit the news, there would have been a jarring contrast between that public perception and an affair with the iconic cultural symbol.

Her unexpected death a few months later would have made things even more explosive. The coroner ruled that Monroe’s 1962 death was a probable suicide with an excessive dose of barbiturates. However, there were plenty of conspiracy theories then and since, that alleged the involvement of JFK or RFK in her death. The sudden death of a former mistress of the president, who then became the mistress of his brother, the Attorney General and the president’s right hand man? That would have made for a media feeding frenzy today.


Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

Cheat Sheet – Shocking Sex Scandals of Former US Presidents

Encyclopedia Britannica – Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Grunge – US Presidents Who Were Really Weird People

Heavy – Jennifer Fitzgerald: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

History Collection – Mistakes That Shaped America

History dot Com – When Teddy Roosevelt Was Shot in 1912, a Speech May Have Saved His Life

Independent, The, January 21st, 2009 – Gerald R Ford

Library of Congress – The Contents of Abraham Lincoln’s Pockets on the Evening of His Assassination

New York Post, March 30th, 2019 – Barbara Bush Contemplated Suicide Over Husband’s Alleged Affair With Aide

New York Times, June 30th, 1989 – US Official Quits in Escort Service Inquiry

Politico, November 19th, 2013 – Sex in the Senate: Bobby Baker’s Salacious Secret History of Capitol Hill

Radford, Marsha – Everything You Always Wanted to Know About America’s Presidents But Were Afraid to Ask (2007)

Ranker – All of the Contents of the Odd Contents of Abraham Lincoln’s Pockets the Night He Perished

Sandburg, Carl – Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years (1929)

Sandburg, Carl – Abraham Lincoln: The War Years (1939)

Smithsonian Magazine, April 7th, 2010 – The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: Lincoln’s Missing Bodyguard

Smithsonian Magazine, May 7th, 2015 – John Quincy Adams Once Approved an Expedition to the Center of the Earth

Times, The, September 19th, 2004 – Mistress of Influence: Bush’s ‘Other Wife’

US News & World Report, May 24th, 2013 – What They Found in Lincoln’s Pockets the Night He Was Shot

Washington Post, August 1st, 1989 – The Bombshell That Didn’t Explode

Washington Times, June 29th, 1989

Wikipedia – Richard Lawrence (Failed Assassin)