A recent auction in New York of items belonging to Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis turned up a small treasure for a luxury resort in
Jamaica and raised an interesting question about Mrs. Kennedy's
state of mind shortly before she became First Lady. While staying
at the Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club in Montego Bay on
Jan. 11, 1960, Mrs. Kennedy used the hotel stationery to write her
last will and testament. She sent the single-page document to
Evelyn Lincoln, her husband's secretary, requesting that it be sent
to JFK's lawyer in the event they did not return from Jamaica. The
will specifies that "in the event of her parents' death," Caroline
should be entrusted to the care of Edward M. Kennedy and his wife,
Joan. Heinz Simonitsch, managing director of the resort, purchased
the item, for an undisclosed price, so that it could be returned to
Half Moon. But the document caused us to wonder what prompted Mrs.
Kennedy to write the will then, several days after her husband
announced his candidacy for president.