• The Poison Patriarch

  • How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Pat Kiernan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-07-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (22 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Mark Shaw adds another twist into the ongoing conspiracy theories surrounding the death of John F. Kennedy, using 40 new interviews and extensive research to implicate Kennedy's father, Joseph. Shaw's argument centers on how the elder Kennedy's mob ties - as well as those of Melvin Belli, the novice attorney of Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald's killer - led to JFK's assassination in an attempt to destroy his Robert's efforts to end organized crime. Pat Kiernan performs with a staccato rhythm that gives Shaw's information a shocking power, and his forceful presence makes these assertions commanding and provocative.
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Publisher's Summary

Focusing for the first time on why attorney general Robert F. Kennedy wasn’t killed in 1963 instead of on why President John F. Kennedy was, Mark Shaw offers a stunning and provocative assassination theory that leads directly to the family patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy. Mining fresh information and more than 40 new interviews, Shaw weaves a spellbinding narrative involving Mafia don Carlos Marcello; Jack Ruby (Lee Harvey Oswald’s killer); Ruby’s attorney, Melvin Belli; and, ultimately, the Kennedy brothers and their father.
Shaw addresses these tantalizing questions: Why, shortly after his brother’s death, did a grief-stricken RFK tell a colleague, "I thought they would get one of us...I thought it would be me"? Why was Belli, an attorney with almost no defense experience (but proven ties to the Mafia), chosen as Jack Ruby’s attorney? How does Belli’s Mafia connection call into question his legal strategy, which ultimately led to the Ruby’s first-degree murder conviction and death sentence? What was Joseph Kennedy’s relationship to organized crime? And how was his insistence that JFK appoint RFK as attorney general tantamount to signing the president’s death warrant?
For 50 years, Shaw maintains, researchers investigating the president’s murder in Dallas have been looking at the wrong motives and actors. The Poison Patriarch offers a shocking reassessment - one that is sure to alter the course of future assassination debates.
©2013 Mark Shaw (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Qtsbuster on 05-31-18

Loved This Book!

As most, I’ve heard, seen, and digested the many theories and speculation associated with the JFK assassination. This book contains the most clear cut and logical explanations I have ever encountered. Loved every minute of it!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sfbelle on 04-04-18


This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone with a short term memory as the author repeats and repeats and repeats himself.

What could Mark Shaw have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was the most repetitive book I've come across in a long time. Plus, the information wasn't anything that hasn't been explored. Just another excuse to make a buck off the Kennedy name.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was the best part. Read seriously and confidently. No problem with him, just the content.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No. Author's POV was definitely skewed.

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