The Killer of John Fitzgerald KennedyJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May29, 1917, the second of the nine children of Joseph Patrick Kennedyand his wife, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Kennedy’s Irish ancestors hadimmigrated to Boston and his grandfather, Patrick J. Kennedy, was aBoston political leader as well as a successful businessman andsaloonkeeper. His maternal grandfather, John F. Fitzgerald was themayor of Boston, popularly known as “Honey Fitz”. The Kennedy’s livedin a modest but comfortable frame house, but as the family grew, sodid their father’s fortune. Joseph Kennedy had become quite wealthy bythe time he was 30 making his fortune in stock-market speculation,motion pictures, shipbuilding and real estate. He also would holdseveral appointive positions in the federal government during theRoosevelt administration, and his driving ambition was to put a son inhe White House.
Kennedy’s childhood was happy, even though he was always in the shadowof his older brother Joseph, who dominated family competitions and wasa better student. Young Kennedy also was a frail child, with prolongedillnesses that kept him from school. But despite his frequentillnesses, Kennedy was a good athlete. At 13, young Kennedy attendedthe private Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut. He becameill and never returned, graduating from Choate Preparatory School inWallingford, Connecticut in 1935. After spending that summer studyingat the London School of Economics, he entered Princeton University,but again illness forced him home during the Christmas recess becauseof an attack of jaundice. He resumed his studies in the fall of 1936at Harvard University, where he continued to be an easygoing student,concentrating on swimming and with his brother Joe, won theintercollegiate sailing title. Kennedy made two more trips to Europein 1937 and in 1939 when his father was serving as the United StatesAmbassador to Great Britain. Kennedy graduated cum laude from Harvardin 1940, and he used his undergraduate thesis as the basis for a book