Billy Way was a friend of John’s. Thanks to Jessika, a new reader, I have this clip about him from Billy Noonan’s book Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy Jr.:
“We had dinner in the living room, with a fire going, and I asked them how they met. Later, of course, there would be all sorts of speculation about that in the media. Carolyn told me that a mutual friend had introduced them. It was a guy named Billy Way, a friend of John’s from Brown.
That’s who introduced John to Carolyn, and now I had a little fun with it: Billy Way was close to a guy named Bobby Potter, whose sister is Linda Potter, who happens to be Timmy Shriver’s wife. Since Timmy had not yet met Carolyn, when she and Kathleen left the room with the dishes, I began to tease John. “Wait until I tell Timmy that you couldn’t get your own chick and that Billy Way had to give you one of his throwaways.””
Billy had a drug problem and refused help after an attempted intervention. He was unfortunately in a car or bus accident and was killed.
For the funeral, this dress was a rarity for Carolyn, but I did read that she wore mostly black in public to try and throw the paparazzi off, figuring if she looked the same all of the time, they wouldn’t be as interested. It didn’t work, sadly.