Weird History Open Secrets About JFK's Swinging Sex Life The Media Refused To Tell The American People  

Veronica Walsingham
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While John F. Kennedy did much good for the country, his true legacy may actually be the stories about his wild sex life. JFK’s time in the White House has been dubbed “the thousand days,” but what he did during those 1,000 nights is notorious. Widely known for his affair with screen legend Marilyn Monroe, JFK slept with several other legendary actresses of the time. On top of that, JFK bedded many of the White House employees, some of whom were more than 20 years his junior. JFK also slept with call-girls, strippers, socialites, and even a supposed Nazi spy. However, the media didn’t concentrate on these extracurricular activities. In fact, JFK was beloved by the media, as he was a handsome war hero from an esteemed family, and so, JFK’s affairs weren’t reported at the time.

Like the declassified JFK files, time has also shed light on JFK’s sex life, which includes so many wild stories it makes one wonder how he had any time left over to be president.

He Had An Affair With A German Communist Prostitute, Whom His Brother Then Deported


One of JFK’s alleged lovers was Ellen Rometsch, who was said to be an Elizabeth Taylor lookalike. She also just so happened to be an East German communist. Rometsch fled to the United States, where she joined a call-girl ring called the Quorum Club that was conveniently located across the street from the Senate Office Building. When Bobby Kennedy, who was the Attorney General at the time, found out about the affair, he arranged to have Rometsch deported in order to avoid political scandal.

He Had An Affair With An Alleged Nazi Spy


One of JFK’s notable lovers was Inga Arvad, who was possibly a Nazi spy. Yes, seriously. Arvad was a guest of Adolf Hitler at the 1936 Summer Olympics. Because of this and her relationship with JFK while he worked at the Office of Naval Intelligence, many suspected that she was a Nazi spy during World War II. Investigations into the matter didn’t reveal any solid evidence of this suspicion. Luckily, JFK’s relations with someone so close to Hitler didn’t negatively affect his political career.

Also noteworthy is the fact that Arvad’s room had been bugged, which resulted in the FBI incidentally recording several of Arvad and JFK’s trysts.

There Were Affairs With Several White House Employees


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Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky resulted in spectacular media coverage; however, JFK’s affairs with countless White House employees stayed hush-hush at the time. Of the reported affairs, JFK was with a 19-year-old intern, at which point he was more than 20 years her senior. Pamela Turnure was 21 years old and serving as Jackie’s press secretary, but that didn’t stop JFK from reportedly sleeping with her when Jackie was away. Priscilla Wear and Jill Cowen, who were known as “Fiddle and Faddle,” served as White House secretaries. However, accounts state that neither of them did much work and were rather there to pal around with JFK. The duo would reportedly skinny-dip with JFK, then return to their work with wet hair.

He Slept With Marlene Dietrich, Who May Have Also Slept With His Father


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While it’s noted that JFK engaged in relations with women much, much younger than himself, he also engaged in affairs with older women - specifically, Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich was an Old Hollywood legend in her 50s during the time she spent with JFK.

The reports of the affair claim that Dietrich and Kennedy slept together. Afterwards, Dietrich shook him awake, as she didn’t know how to get out of the White House. As JFK walked Dietrich toward the exit, he asked if she had ever slept with his father. Dietrich answered "no." Allegedly, JFK then said, “Well, that’s one place I’m in first.” However, there are conflicting reports that Dietrich had, in fact, had an affair with his father, meaning JFK wasn’t in first after all.