Nepotism – Truth is Stranger than Fiction 16


Lincoln & Kennedy (Originals Photos White House Press Office)


My Aunt Violet phoned about an interesting article in a local magazine; submitted by Keith Roberts from Abergele in North Wales. Titled ‘Truth is Stranger than Fiction’, it concerned the coincidences between assassinated presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy. She thought it might be something for the blog. Talk about keeping it in the family!

When she went through the details I couldn’t believe it… was truth really so much stranger than fiction? It was definitely worth investigating.

(Let me be clear, while I don’t mind disseminating half-truths or even fantasies, I draw the line at downright lies. Although, you’ll be relieved to know, I’m sure these pangs of conscience will soon pass. As newspapers discovered a long time ago, why let something as ephemeral as the truth stand in the way of a damn good story?)

Fortunately in this case I don’t have to. I soon found confirmation on the internet.

The list of coincidences first saw the light of day in 1964, the year after John F Kennedy’s assassination. Nobody knows the origin of the compilation, but a mathematician called Martin Gardiner validated them in ‘Scientific American‘ soon afterwards. The list persists today and although many have tried to pooh-pooh it, it really is true.

Here are some of them…

Both presidents suffered from a genetic disease: Lincoln had Marfan’s syndrome. Kennedy had Addison’s disease.

Both were ship captains: Lincoln on a river boat; Kennedy on a motor torpedo boat during World War II.

Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives in 1846; Kennedy in 1946.

Lincoln was the losing candidate for the vice-presidential nomination in 1856; Kennedy in 1956.

Lincoln became president in 1860; Kennedy in 1960.

Both defeated the incumbent Vice President.

Both succeeded presidents who left office in their 70s and retired to Pennsylvania. James Buchanan (Lincoln) to Lancaster Township & Dwight D. Eisenhower (Kennedy) to Gettysburg. Buchanan and Eisenhower both then died before the end of the decade.

Both presidents were shot in the head on a Friday seated beside their wives.

Both presidents had bodyguards named William – who died within 48 hours of reaching 75 years, 5 months.

The doctors attending each president immediately after assassination were named Charles. Dr. Charles Leale for Lincoln; Dr. Charles Crenshaw for Kennedy.

Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre; Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in a Ford Lincoln automobile. Both assassins had 3 names of 15 letters in total. Both presidents’ surnames have 7 letters.

After shooting Lincoln, Booth ran from a theatre to a warehouse. After shooting Kennedy, Oswald ran from a warehouse to a theatre.

Both assassins were Southern white males, in their mid-20s, were 5’8″ in height with hazel eyes and brown hair.

Both assassins suffered injuries during escape and were murdered on the run by men who were brought up in the North, changed their name as adults, and were bachelors.

Lincoln and Kennedy were succeeded by Vice Presidents, who were Southerners and named Johnson – Lincoln: Andrew Johnson (born 1808); Kennedy: Lyndon B. Johnson (born 1908).

OK they are not exactly the same, for while Lincoln was a Republican, Kennedy was a democrat. And while Kennedy would have been delighted being compared to Lincoln, I suspect Lincoln would have advised the serial philanderer Kennedy to keep it in his trousers.

Now all that remains is to ask; why nepotism?

Nepotism was the practice of promoting your nephews. It originated in the Renaissance Church. Cardinals and Popes were celibate. Not having children (officially) to inherit, they kept power and wealth in the family by promoting their nephews to lucrative positions.

My aunt, not having a blog, passed on this little nugget to me: her nephew.

Kerchink! And that my friends, is the sound of the penny dropping.

16 thoughts on “Nepotism – Truth is Stranger than Fiction

  1. Reply Shehanne Moore Apr 24,2017 2:45 pm

    I mind reading about the assassination similarities years ago but this is far more. Great post x

    • Reply Paul Apr 24,2017 8:03 pm

      Dear Shey, this has been going round in various forms for years but it loses none if its fascination -especially when youre a bit of a doubting Thomas like me and it all checks out…. I am still eating my words… Hmmmm… delicious!

  2. Reply kim Apr 21,2017 3:12 pm

    Fascinating information. I am now following your blog.

  3. Reply Violet Mitchley Apr 17,2017 8:37 am

    Loved your article Paul” Truth is stranger than fiction”Well written and researched.
    Makes one believe in reincarnation, I keep an open mind!

  4. Reply patriciaruthsusan Apr 16,2017 2:58 pm

    Good post, Paul. This was downright spooky. 🙂 — Suzanne

  5. Reply Violet Mitchley Apr 11,2017 9:47 am

    Hi Paul , your blog is terrific. Well written and put together.
    Do Not know how you find the time to do all that you do.
    Glad to have been a contributer.
    A. Violet

    • Reply Paul Apr 11,2017 7:23 pm

      Dear Aunt Violet. thank you it means so much that you have commented. And thank you for the inspiration all the credit should go to you. Love Paul XXX

  6. Reply Robbie Cheadle Mar 26,2017 8:43 am

    Totally fascinating, Paul. I salute your aunt. I am going to pass this information on to my son, Gregory, he will also enjoy it. Happy Sunday.

  7. Reply Stepen Perkins Mar 26,2017 4:09 am

    Delve into this more deeply, and one will observe there are no coincidences. Events appearing on the world stage are scripted

  8. Reply Tina Frisco Mar 26,2017 2:33 am

    Your little nepotism twist is quite clever, Paul! I’ve always been fascinated by similarities between Lincoln and Kennedy. And to prove I truly did read this, I’ll say only one thing: Anyone who could be elected to the House of Representatives a year after being assassinated would surely give Jesus Christ a run for his money! Don’t you just hate typos 🙂

    • Reply Paul Mar 26,2017 11:56 pm

      Dear Tina Well spotted… You know I read that about 20 times and never even saw it! When I get my hands on the buggers who are writing all these posts for me…. heads will roll. Love PX

      PS I have changed it now.. talk about re writing history

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