Seth Rich murder draws new interest; media overlook similarities to murder of JFK mistress

Mary's Mosaic cover

Janney’s book ‘Mary’s Mosaic’ recounts the life of a key influencer on the late JFK, but Mary Pinchot Meyer is relatively unknown to the public.

[ Attention: Fox News source story related to minor parts of this article has been retracted. Fox posted a statement including this:

“The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed.”

I have noted the references to that story with an asterisk. Additional changes are in brackets. I will publish updates as they come out. ~KBD]

Every time I see news about the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, I think about a murder that occurred in the aftermath of a cataclysmic political moment in my childhood.

Just as Seth Rich’s murder has raised more questions than answers, so did the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer.

Rich worked for the DNC; he was murdered in Washington, DC in July, 2016.

Meyer was reportedly a favored mistress of the late president John F. Kennedy. She was murdered in Washington, DC in October, 1964 amid a political construct then referred to as the Warren Commission.

Do the similarities end there?

Not really.

Meyer’s death came at a time when the country was still reeling over the assassination of a charismatic young president whose quasi-fictional image had been carefully constructed by media and political actors. Meyer didn’t buy into the US government’s findings about the murder of JFK. Meyer had been shot twice—in the head and in the back.

Meyer had power she perhaps underestimated. She’d kept a diary, and presumably wrote about her relationship with JFK. Peter Janney, who knew Meyer personally, devoted a book to her story, Mary’s Mosaic. Powers that be apparently wanted the diary. Numerous media reported various government actors searching for the diary shortly after her murder. Meyer had been married to CIAer Cord Meyer. Her brother in law was Ben Bradlee—of The Washington Post.

Segue to the murder of Seth Rich.

Rich worked for the DNC, and conspiracy theorists believe [but have yet to substantiate] he may have been the source of DNC leaks to WikiLeaks. As with Meyer, robbery didn’t appear to be the motive for Rich’s killers because his wallet, jewelry, and other valuables weren’t taken.

Rich and Meyer were both walking on a public street when they were murdered.

In the case of Meyer, authorities tried a man but failed to convict him. An account of the trial of Ray Crump is included in Janney’s book. Crump was defended by civil rights trailblazer Dovey Johnson Rountree, a black attorney who happened to be female. Crump’s acquittal was one for the record books because of the era the events took place in.

Interest in Rich’s murder is rekindling after *Fox News published an update on the case. Unnamed law enforcement officials told Fox Rich had contacted WikiLeaks.*

Add in the fact as the DNC leaks were being investigated [Wired magazine]:

“The FBI repeatedly stressed to DNC officials the necessity of obtaining direct access to servers and data, only to be rebuffed until well after the initial compromise had been mitigated.”

Why didn’t the FBI simply get a search warrant for those DNC servers, since a crime had been committed? No media have bothered to ask.

Crowdstrike has been credited for investigating the DNC data—the same security company is a primary source for claims actors affiliated with the Russian government “breached” the DNC.

Zero Hedge has raised questions about Crowdstrike’s objectivity in this matter and in the same article, pointed out questions about other unrelated claims by the company.

Google, considered by many on the right to be a known ally of Democrats, has, according to meida, invested $100 million in Crowdstrike. 

Events in the politics rumor mill have produced more conspiracy theories, with a dedicated anti-Trumper lobbyist, a Republican, pointing fingers at Russia for Rich’s murder. That makes no sense whatsoever. Russia had nothing to gain or lose by Seth Rich’s murder. A website set up by the lobbyist appears to center on promoting himself more than anything.

After WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange publicly announced a $20,000 reward for information about Rich’s murder, online theories multiplied. Why would Assange have an interest in Rich’s murder? Conspiracy theorists believe Rich was Assange’s source.

Those who believe the Russia-did-it ‘hacking’ and those who do not believe it are having a field day on the cesspool of social media, Twitter. If you search under the terms #SethRich on Twitter, you will see all manner of theories, links, and dustups, including references to ominous emails from Clinton insider John Podesta and others.

Meyer’s murder has never been solved. Hopefully, Rich’s will be. One thing that might help is video.

*The Fox story said authorities have video of someone following Rich as he walked home in the wee hours that morning, but the authorities aren’t releasing it.*

[If there is video] Why not? Wouldn’t releasing the video help draw out public information?

As all the theories bounce around on social media, most corporate media aligned with Democrats are pushing the Russia-did-it meme. No media have explained, however, their own conspiracy bent because when it came to Russia, policies set by President Barack Obama and his secretary of state Hillary Clinton most definitely benefited Russia on a grand scale

Ironically, The Washington Post figures in the Meyer story recounted in Mary’s Mosaic and in the Russia meme. With Meyer, it was her relative by marriage who worked for the paper and whose wife allegedly found Meyer’s diary and handed it over to the CIA. Currently, WaPo fuels rumors about Trump’s campaign and Russia but there hasn’t been an iota of evidence this is true.

WaPo was also a central actor in the election of Obama in 2008. The blogger who founded ‘Journolist’ wrote for the paper, organizing academics and media to control a narrative about the junior senator from Illinois whose rise to the presidency was a political phenomenon. One tactic reporters came up with involved calling Obama opponents “racists.”

What is obvious is a raging conflict between those who held power before November, 2016, and President Donald Trump, with media playing a role as advocates for one side or another, truth be damned.

The CIA was also the center of conspiracy theories about JFK, and questions have been raised about this intel agency in the Russia-did-it conspiracy because of key former CIAers either pledging loyalty to Hillary Clinton or attempting to act as spoiler for Trump in the election.

As I scrolled through stories about the Russia meme, establishment media largely omitted info about that Republican lobbyist who helped drive the Never-Trump movement. Why am I not surprised?

As for the JFK plot, the Warren Commission has been discredited by some who believe the commission was by no means objective in its assessment of the assassination.

Twitter conspiracy Podesta

Twitter has erupted with conspiracy theorists on both sides of the aisle posting their findings. (Snip: @Rambobiggs on Twitter)

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 16, 2017)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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