Judith Campbell Exner, allegedly had JFK affairJudith...

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September 26, 1999

Judith Campbell Exner, allegedly had JFK affair

Judith Campbell Exner, the Los Angeles socialite whose affair with President Kennedy embroiled her in decades of vilification as the first to shatter the Camelot myth, has died.

She was 65 when she died Friday at a Duarte, Calif., hospital and had spent the last decades of her life battling the cancer that killed her and the speculations that sprang up since she disclosed her relationship with Kennedy to a Senate committee after his assassination.

Only in later years did she declare that Kennedy had also enlisted her as his unwitting courier, ferrying envelopes to Mafia contacts who had allegedly aided Kennedy politically.

Although documents would later affirm phone calls and White House visits, Kennedy loyalists denied the affair.

In 1975, after she had married golf pro Dan Exner and begun living in Orange County, Calif., she was dragged from obscurity by a Senate committee investigating alleged CIA plots to assassinate Cuban Premier Fidel Castro.

Pub Date: 9/26/99

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