Jackie Kennedy's Second Marriage Made Her One Of America's Most Ridiculed Women. But Was She Happy Or Desperate?
October 23, 2018 09:44 By Fabiosa
In 1968, after the assassination of her husband, former President John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy remarried and was greatly criticized for it. But, 50 years down the line, not much is known about her second marriage to Aristotle Onassis. For instance, were they really in love or was it all about the money?
Did she remarry out of fear?
Jackie married Onassis, a wealthy Greek businessman, and family friend, right after her late husband's brother, Robert Kennedy, was killed. She reportedly became very depressed and feared that there was a plan to kill the Kennedys.
Even though marrying Onassis meant that she had to forego her rights to Secret Service protection, she wanted to get out of America and protect her children because she feared that they too were targets.
Early signs of a troubled second marriage
The former first lady and her new husband had a wedding on October 20, that made headlines all over the world, but 50 years later, her former assistant, Kathy McKeon, is opening up about how Jackie really felt on that day.
McKeon, who was present at the wedding which held at Onassis' private island of Skorpio, told People that Jackie was very nervous and the marriage came as a surprise.
She also mentions that the groom was holding onto some blue worry beads which he kept rubbing when he greeted them.
The marriage ended 6 short years after it began when Onassis died of respiratory failure in 1975. It was already reportedly strained at this point and he had mostly controlled their lives while it lasted.
Although Jackie went on to live a very private life as a publishing editor, she continued to be criticized for marrying Onassis simply because of his wealth.
It did not help that her ex-husband's family helped her negotiate for a better settlement after the marriage ended. Did she do the right thing?