Report: Kennedy mistress Judith Exner aborted JFK's childAP , Associated Press
Dec. 11, 1996 6:59 AM ET
NEW YORK (AP) _ Judith Campbell Exner, a reputed mistress of President John F. Kennedy, says in January's issue of Vanity Fair that she aborted his child 10 months before he was assassinated.
Ms. Exner, 62, was interviewed by syndicated columnist Liz Smith for the magazine due on newsstands in New York today. Excerpts appeared in New York newspapers today.
Ms. Exner says she ended her two-year affair with Kennedy in 1963 because she hated being ``the other woman.'' Ms. Exner said she then went to Chicago and discovered she was carrying his child.
Kennedy asked Ms. Exner if she wanted to have the baby, and then urged her to have Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana arrange for an illegal abortion.
Ms. Exner has receipts for the January 1963 procedure performed at Grand Hospital, the magazine reported.
``I was 26 and in love,'' Ms. Exner says in the article. ``Was I supposed to have better sense and more judgment than the president of the United States?''
Kennedy was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas.
Ms. Exner, who is living in Orange County, Calif., with advanced bone and breast cancer, said she disclosed her abortion because she wanted to ``demystify'' the Kennedy legend.
She said she never mentioned the story about the abortion in her 1977 autobiography, ``My Story,'' because ``I was afraid for my life.''
Ms. Exner also said in the interview that she was Giancana's lover during Kennedy's presidency, and carried messages between the president and the gangster, including details of a plot to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
She also said that former Attorney General Robert Kennedy, the president's brother, would often ask her at the White House if she felt ``comfortable'' carrying messages to Giancana.
```Judy, are you OK carrying these messages for us to Chicago?''' Exner quotes Robert Kennedy as saying. ``I always said I'd let him know if I didn't.''