• 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: 08-10-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 (2 ratings)

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

NOTHING NEW HERE, FOLKS.

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Karenanne Brown on 28-03-18

He should stick to writing briefs

What disappointed you about The Poison Patriarch?

The Entire Concept

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Shaw again?

No

Which character – as performed by Pat Kiernan – was your favorite?

None

What character would you cut from The Poison Patriarch?

None

Any additional comments?

This is a poorly edited book. An editor would have told Mr. Shaw not to use the words Logic and logically in every other sentence to support suppositions. He coins the phrase "Twin Assassinations" and then repeats it ad nauseum though no one who lived through Dallas considers Kennedy/Oswald on the same plane. One was the leader of the free world - one was a fringe loser. There is NO new information except Belli and who cares? Everyone has long supposed the mob was involved in assassinations. He's repeatedly gloats that "this author" has discovered new ground and breakthroughs. He hasn't. He does however, make a plug for his other book about Dorothy Kilgallen. I plan to ask for my money back - waste of 7 hours.

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