And so would begin Jackie Kennedy’s pressing fear for her family’s safety, eased not at all by the fact that President Kennedy famously carried with him the premonition that he would die young and had resigned himself to that fate. His favourite poem was Alan Seeger“I Have a Rendezvous With Death”

However, the 35th president was a caring father. He also became a more attentive husband at least once. Jackie and he slept in separate bedrooms, connected by a walkin closet. However, Jackie was again pregnant at the start of 1963. Patrick, son of Jackie and Patrick, died on August 9, 1963 at the age of 2 years. He had arrived five weeks early, also with  underdeveloped lungs, like his big brother, but suffered from a more severe case of the breathing ailment that plagued John Jr.

Jackie spiraled into depression and spent four weeks cruising the Aegean Sea with her sister Lee Radziwill and Lee’s good friend, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle OnassisHer sister, Alicia, was hosted by him on his yacht of 325 feet. Christina. Bobby Kennedy, the president, and Onassis were acquainted with each other after his business was the focus of U.S. criminal investigations.

Bittersweetly, when Jackie returned to the U.S., knowing she needed to be by her husband’s side as his reelection campaign kicked into gear, the Kennedys became closer than perhaps ever before in their 10 years of marriage.