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Mary's Mosaic [Kindle Edition]

Peter Janney , Dick Russell
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Book Description

Winner – 2012 Hollywood Book Festival for General Non-Fiction

Honorable Mention – 2012 New England Book Festival for General Non-Fiction

Honorable Mention - 2012 London Book Festival for General Non-Fiction

Who really murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer in the fall of 1964? Why was there a mad rush by CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton to locate and confiscate her diary? What in that diary was so explosive? Had Mary Meyer finally put together the intricate pieces of a plan to assassinate her lover, President Kennedy, with the trail ultimately leading to the CIA? And was it mere coincidence that Mary was killed less than three weeks after the release of the Warren Commission report?

These are the questions that author Peter Janney finally answers in a way that no one else ever has. In doing so, he may well have solved Washington’s most famous unsolved murder. Based on years of painstaking research and interviews, much of it revealed here for the first time, the author traces the key events and influences in the life of Mary Pinchot Meyer, including her first meeting with Jack Kennedy at the Choate School in 1936; her explorations with psychedelic drugs; her relationship with Timothy Leary; and finally how she supported the president as he turned away from the Cold War toward the pursuit of world peace. As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination—and Mary Meyer’s—Mary’s Mosaic adds to our understanding of why both took place. 

Editorial Reviews


Reads like a John Grisham thriller crossed with an Oliver Stone movie.

” (Boston Globe)

“Mary’s Mosaic just might have solved a great murder mystery. This is a must-read.” (Jim Marrs, author of the New York Times bestseller Rule by Secrecy)

“Penetrating insight into the still-hidden history of an era . . . a mesmerizing page-turner.” (Dick Russell, New York Times bestselling author)


Mary 's Mosaic just might have solved a great murder mystery. This is a must-read. --Jim Marrs, author of the New York Times bestseller Rule by Sercrecy

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  • File Size: 3790 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (April 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IVBH42
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268 of 275 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer April 12, 2012
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In early 1976 the National Enquirer published a story that shocked the elite political class in Washington, D.C. The story disclosed that a woman named Mary Pinchot Meyer, who was a divorced spouse of a high CIA official named Cord Meyer, had been engaged in a two-year sexual affair with President John F. Kennedy. By the time the article was published, JFK had been assassinated, and Mary Pinchot Meyer herself was dead, a victim of a murder that took place in Washington on October 12, 1964.

The murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer is the subject of a fascinating and gripping new book by Peter Janney, who was childhood friends with Mary Meyer's three sons and whose father himself was a high CIA official. Janney's father and mother socialized in the 1950s with the Meyers and other high-level CIA officials.

Janney's book, Mary's Mosaic, is one of those books that you just can't put down once you start reading it. It has everything a reader could ever want in a work of nonfiction -- politics, love, sex, war, intrigue, history, culture, murder, spies, racism, and perhaps the biggest criminal trial in the history of our nation's capital.

Just past noon on the day of the murder, Mary Meyer was on her daily walk on the C&O Canal Trail near the Key Bridge in Washington, D.C. Someone grabbed her and shot a .38-caliber bullet into the left side of her head. Meyer continued struggling despite the almost certainly fatal wound, so the murderer shot her again, this time downward through her right shoulder. The second bullet struck directly into her heart, killing her instantly.

A 21-year-old black man named Raymond Crump Jr., who lived in one of the poorest sections of D.C., was arrested near the site of the crime and charged with the murder.
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316 of 328 people found the following review helpful
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Written by Douglas P. Horne, author of "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board"

"Mary's Mosaic" is several things at once: an insightful and sensitive biography of both Mary Meyer and her one-time husband, CIA propaganda specialist Cord Meyer; a murder mystery; a trial drama; an expose of secret knowledge and cover-ups inside the Washington D.C. Beltway during the 1950s and 1960s; and of course, a love story about the late-developing relationship between President John F. Kennedy and Mary Pinchot Meyer, whom he had first met at an Ivy League prep school dance when she was only 15 years old. Their paths had crossed briefly once again in the Spring of 1945, at the founding conference for the United Nations in San Francisco. (Mary, her new husband Cord Meyer, and John F. Kennedy all attended the conference as journalists reporting on the events there, at the birth of the United Nations.)

One of the fascinating aspects of this well-researched book is how it traces the evolution and personal development of Mary Pinchot Meyer, Cord Meyer, and John F. Kennedy. As Cord Meyer---a scarred war hero who was once an idealist and a pacifist, and who aggressively lobbied for a united world government following World War II---became a disillusioned cynic and was subverted to the "dark side" by Allen Dulles of the CIA, his all-consuming commitment to the Cold War (and his abandonment of his former idealism) slowly killed his marriage to Mary Pinchot. Mary remained an idealist and an independent thinker, and it was this very independent and unconventional woman whose orbit finally intersected with that of President John F. Kennedy again late in 1961, about two years before his assassination.
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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent--and courageous, too! April 2, 2012
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If Peter Janney's CIA-father (Wistar) were still alive, we would likely not be reading this book. After all, it provides convincing evidence that Wistar knew that Mary had died even before the police had identified her body, which means that he (Wistar) had foreknowledge of the murder plot. Peter also makes a strong case that Ben Bradlee (of the Washington Post) likewise had advance knowledge, perhaps also tipped off by Wistar.

When one's own father is so deeply committed to a cover-up, it requires enormous courage to disclose the family jewels. But courage is what Peter has--in spades. His relentless pursuit of long-hidden links and evasive witnesses leads to his final denouement--a truly remarkable Cold War murder mystery played out on the shores of the Potomac.

If Peter is correct about Mary's execution and cover-up, then the CIA did not hesitate to throw away the life of an innocent black man, Ray Crump. That recklessness, all by itself, speaks volumes about the Cold War morals of the CIA.

The two highly compartmentalized NPIC episodes with the Zapruder film on successive nights (November 23 and 24, 1963) are profoundly alarming. Short of some degree of film alteration between those two dates, why else was this secret so highly guarded? After all, Dino Brugioni, who was on call that weekend for the NPIC, only learned of the second event after Peter told him about it! Furthermore, Brugioni's recollections are so at odds with the extant film that they also raise overwhelming suspicion of film tampering that same weekend.

With this book, Peter achieves a remarkable triumph--setting the historical stage (with many quotations and facts) for telling his personal story, which is so intertwined in this saga. Although it was a very different era--and that enemy spoke Russian--one can only wonder: With the current War on Terror, how much have the stratagems (and values) changed today?
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4.0 out of 5 stars She truly lived in interesting times
Intriguing tale of free-spirited heiress caught in the wheels of history. I wouldn't vouch for some of the info here, such as Timothy Leary's story, but Janney does fairly point... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Midnight Writer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
To get 5 stars would have required an actual copy of Mary's Diary. I wanted to give 4 1/2 stars but that is not an option
Published 15 days ago by gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Strange Murder Case
This is a book about one of the strangest murder cases I've ever encountered. It's such a strange story because of author Peter Janney's intimate involvement and relationship with... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jeff Marzano
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this book to be very enlightening, if ...
I found this book to be very enlightening, if you want to know how domestic death squads operate here in America during the 60's read this book. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Liam
5.0 out of 5 stars A most important book. Sadly the majority of Americans ...
A most important book. Sadly the majority of Americans are sleep-walking and fail to realize that JFK's assassination was a coup d'Etat, a military takeover of the US Government... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Franklin Stiles
5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book and so well written. Thank ...
A very important book and so well written. Thank you to Peter Janney for writing this book and to the readers who read it.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars More Truth To The Lies
For those who believe we have never been told the truth about the assassination of President Kennedy, this add confirmation to the lives in addition to his life that are included... Read more
Published 1 month ago by P Faircloth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good book, great service
Published 1 month ago by ROBERT KRAYNIK
5.0 out of 5 stars Fills in gaps in other related books
Very interesting. This book fills in background information missing from other related books. Definitely worth examining different theories
Published 1 month ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars This book tells you a story about what happend long ...
This book tells you a story about what happend long time ago in the shadow of another conspiracy. Peter Janney's at times very personal story.
Published 1 month ago by John-Eric
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