Ari & Jackie Onassis: X-Rated Movie, Nude Photos, the Kennedys & Paradise Lost (Part 5)

 Jackie Kennedy with Aristote Onassis (Alain Dejean/Corbis)

Jackie Kennedy with Aristotle Onassis, 1972. (Alain Dejean/Corbis)

Forty-five years ago today, Sunday, October 20, 1968, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

Many people still speculate about why she did.

Bobby and Jackie Kennedy at a ceremony related to the JFK Library, 1967.

Bobby and Jackie Kennedy at a ceremony related to the JFK Library, 1967.

Often overlooked in the pondering is the fact that the wedding took place less than five months after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy during his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. As his sister-in-law Jackie Kennedy had not merely supported his candidacy out of family loyalty but had encouraged him personally as they struggled in the aftermath of President Kennedy’s assassination.

Jackie Kennedy after Robert Kennedy's funeral mass.

Jackie Kennedy after Robert Kennedy’s funeral mass.

In the early months of 1964, shortly after her husband  was been killed, Jackie had convinced, even pushed Bobby to remain in national politics and “finish what Jack wanted to do,” including withdrawal of the U.S. military presence in Vietnam.

The June 5, 1968 assassination of Bobby Kennedy was not only a personal loss for his sister-in-law, but the death of her cautious optimism about the nation’s future. She saw aspects of the culture collapsing into one obsessed with violence and danger.

The late president's widow with her children following her brother-in-law's funeral service.

The late president’s widow with her children following

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