"You know, last night would have been a hell of a night
to assassinate a President."


"Suppose a man had a pistol in a briefcase...
Then he could drop the gun and the briefcase--
and melt away in the crowd."
~ JFK on day he died*

To Orwell Today,


I found your website yesterday and wanted to share the following with you. I was curious if you had ever heard the following story about President Kennedy. Shortly before his murder JFK was making a speech when he suddenly departed from his prepared text. Taking a piece of paper from his pocket, he surprised the audience by reading the following excerpt from Shakespeare's King John:

The sun's o'ercast with blood: fair day, adieu!
Which is the side that I must go withal?
I am with both: each army hath a hand;
And in their rage, I having hold of both,
They swirl asunder and dismember me.

Apparently this was published in a newspaper article shortly after Dallas with the heading "Did JFK have a premonition of his own death?"

I read "1984" for the first time in 1984. I think the world has become even more like the novel since 9/11.

Victor Perry
Fort Worth, Texas

Greetings Victor,

No, I've never heard that story about JFK.

But have you heard the story about his favourite poem being I HAVE A RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH or my premise that LINCOLN DREAMT JFK'S FUNERAL?

Actually, JFK did have a premonition of his own death on the very day it happened. There was a full page hate-ad against him - bordered in black like a death announcement - in a Dallas newspaper that morning. The shock of the ad's hostility inspired JFK to act out how easy it would be for someone to kill him.

Here's the excerpt from Manchester's 1967 classic:


"...When JFK woke up that morning in Fort Worth, Texas the Dallas Morning News was delivered with his coffee. At first he was too busy to read it and it wasn't until after the breakfast banquet, when he was back in his hotel room, that one of his aides - Kenny O'Donnell - opened the paper to the appropriate page and showed it to him. His face turned grim and he shook his head, commenting that it was unimaginable that a paper could do such a thing.

"He handed it to Jackie saying, 'We're heading into nut country today'. O'Donnell took the paper to a window and reread it. The President prowled the floor. Abrubtly he paused in front of his wife. 'You know, last night would have been a hell of a night to assassinate a President', he murmured. He said it casually, and she took it lightly; it was his way of shaking off the ad... 'I mean it,' he said now, building the daydream. 'There was the rain, and the night, and we were all getting jostled. Suppose a man had a pistol in a briefcase.' He gestured vividly, pointing his rigid index finger at the wall and jerking his thumb twice to show the action of the hammer. 'Then he could have dropped the gun and the briefcase--' in pantomime he dropped them and whirled in a tense crouch-- 'and melted away in the crowd.'

Lyndon Johnson came in immediately after this 007 caper... Jacqueline Kennedy examined the still uncertain sky. She hoped it would darken. It would be ridiculous to spend all that time getting ready and then ruin everything in a forty-five-minute ride in an open car. 'Oh, I want the bubbletop,' she said wistfully...."

~ end quoting from Death of a President~

I agree with you that since 9/11 the world has become more like "1984". It was a similiar type of event in the novel that gave the English government the excuse to bring in Big Brother. See 911 IS COLCHESTER BOMB.

Thanks for your interest in JFK and "1984" and glad to have you as a reader.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

*WITNESS SAW GRASSY KNOLL SHOOTER (deaf-mute man saw a man in a suit get a rifle from a toolbox and return it to the toolbox after shooting then walk away into the crowd)



To Orwell Today,

Thanks so much! The actual article was reprinted as a postscript in David Lifton's book "Best Evidence." I should have mentioned that before.

-Victor Perry

Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~

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