FBI Files Show Threats Against Ted Kennedy


WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) — The FBI has released records on reports of threats to assassinate Edward M. Kennedy during his decades in the U.S. Senate.

Kennedy, D-Mass., unlike his three older brothers, died of natural causes, a brain tumor that killed him in 2009. The FBI records show threats against him took off after the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., in 1968, The Boston Globe reported.

The Globe and other newspapers obtained the files under a Freedom of Information Act request.

They include a call from a Florida man who said Sonny Capone, son of Chicago mobster Al Capone, had been overheard making a drunken threat against Kennedy at a Coral Gables, Fla., restaurant. A woman with a Hispanic accent called the office of William F. Buckley, founder of the conservative National Review, and said Cuba was planning an assassination designed to look like it was the work of American right-wingers.

The FBI never substantiated any of the threats.

Kennedy’s oldest brother, Joseph, was a bomber pilot during World War II and was killed in a 1944 plane crash. Jean Kennedy Smith, 83, is the only survivor among Kennedy’s eight siblings.

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