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Once Upon a Secret – My hidden affair with JFK

The former mistress of JFK has released a book about her affair with the US President.


The author, Mimi Alford, reveals details of her time with the Irish- American when she was an intern at the White House in 1962.

My Affair with President Kennedy

In the book, ‘Once Upon a Secret My hidden affair with JFK”, she talks of her closeness with Kennedy, including being with him after the death of his son Patrick and helping him through his grief. She also writes about the distance in their relationship and his use of recreational drugs.

“The wide gulf between us — the age, the power, the experience — guaranteed that our affair wouldn’t evolve into anything more serious.”

The Cuban Missile Crisis was prominent at the time of one encounter. Alford claiming Kennedy said to her; “I’d rather have my kids red than dead.”

The last meeting between them came just a week before JFK was assassinated in November 1963,

“He took me in his arms for a long embrace and said, ‘I wish you were coming with me to Texas.’ And then he added, ‘I’ll call you when I get back.’ I was overcome with sudden sadness. ‘Remember, Mr. President, I’m getting married.’

“‘I know that,’ he said, and shrugged. ‘But I’ll call you anyway.’”

Wife Jackie never acknowledged affair

Alford spent time in the Whitehouse as an intern, and she and Kennedy became close. She was invited to join Kennedy for a swim in the White House pool.

Kennedy took her for a tour of the White House and she lost her virginity to him in his wife, Jackie’s bedroom.

She continued to visit him after she had returned home, claiming her travel arrangements were arranged by JFK, with her travelling under his pseudonym, Michael Carter.

Jackie, the late president’s wife, has never publicly accepted this affair. After his death, there were many rumours with JFK being linked to several women. Jackie did admit she knew there were other women, but gave no more details on the subject.

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