Reporter seeks 'Kennedy Connection' in JFK-inspired thriller

Thu Sep 4, 2014 5:17am EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Take a disgraced reporter desperate for a comeback and a tip about new evidence in the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and you have "The Kennedy Connection," a crime thriller written by a media insider fascinated with one of the defining moments of American history.

Veteran American journalist R.G. Belsky's career includes stints as metropolitan news editor at the New York Post newspaper and managing editor of the New York Daily News, where his latest work of fiction is set.

He spoke to Reuters about the inspiration for "The Kennedy Connection," its colorful cast of journalists, and those tantalizing "What if's?"

Q: Have you always been interested in the Kennedy assassination?

A: I am old enough that I was a freshman in college when JFK was assassinated. It's clearly one of the three days of infamy in America: Pearl Harbor, JFK and 9/11. The Kennedy assassination was just one person and it is fascinating that it had so much impact because, having been there, it really did change history. I was always thinking about that. Years later in the 1980s, I read Anthony Summers' book 'Conspiracy,' and it kind of laid out all the facts. And I suddenly realized that I questioned a lot.

I really am not a conspiracy nut! I just don't believe the Warren Commission. I don't believe Lee Harvey Oswald did it on his own. I don't know what happened. So when I wanted to write the book, I thought, "What if?" What if I could say Lee Harvey Oswald didn't do it? Writing fiction, that gave me a real opportunity.

Q: How did you come up with the angle of Lee Harvey Oswald having a secret son?   Continued...