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Kennedy And Chappaquiddick

July 18, 2013 by  

In the early morning hours of July 19, 1969, a black Oldsmobile sedan turned down a narrow dirt road and careened away in a cloud of dust. As the car approached a wooden bridge that sat at an oblique angle to the road, it failed to slow. Too late, the driver realized his error. The car dropped over the side of the bridge, turned over and plunged into the Poucha Pond.

The driver escaped the overturned and water-filled car. A 28-year-old female passenger did not. What followed doomed the Presidential aspirations of 37-year-old Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy.

Only Kennedy knew exactly what happened in the hours following the accident. He apparently took the truth with him to the grave. But this much has been gleaned from investigations into the accident:

  • Kennedy was hosting a reunion party on Chappaquiddick Island for a group of six women (the “Boiler Room Girls”), including Mary Jo Kopechne, who had served in Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential campaign. Chappaquiddick is connected via ferry to the town of Edgartown, Mass., which is located on Martha’s Vinyard.
  • When he announced he was leaving the party, Kennedy claims Kopechne asked if he would drive her to her hotel room.
  • Kopechne left her purse and hotel key at the party.
  • Between 12:30 and 12:45 a.m., a black car containing a man and a woman were seen by a sheriff’s deputy exiting a private road onto Dike Road. The deputy said the car’s license plate began with the letter L and contained two 7s. The license plate on Kennedy’s Oldsmobile began with the letter L and contained two 7s.
  • Kennedy claims he took a wrong turn while trying to get to the ferry, even though the road to the ferry is paved and the road that led over the bridge was not.
  • Kennedy escaped from the car and swam to the shore, where he says he called Kopechne’s name several times.
  • Kennedy claims he then tried several times to rescue Kopechne, to no avail.
  • He says he walked back to Lawrence Cottage where the party was being held, but did not see any houses to use to call for help, even though he passed several along the way.
  • When he arrived at the cottage he did not call authorities for help. Instead, he summoned his cousin Joseph Gargan and friend Paul Markham to go with him back to the accident site to see if they could locate Kopechne.
  • When their rescue efforts failed, they drove to the ferry landing. Gargan and Markham told Kennedy the accident had to be reported, but Kennedy told them not to tell the other “girls” about the accident and that he would take care of it. Kennedy then dove into the water and swam the 500-foot channel to Edgartown.
  • He returned to his hotel room, removed his wet clothes and went to bed.
  • Kennedy claims he was awakened by noises outside his room at about 2:30 a.m. and he got up and put on dry clothes and began to toss and turn and walk about the room.
  • At 2:55 a.m., he complained to hotel staff about the noise.
  • At about 8 a.m., Gargan and Markham joined Kennedy at the hotel where the three had a “heated conversation” about Kennedy’s refusal to report the accident.
  • At about the same time, two amateur fishermen spotted the overturned car in the water. They notified authorities at 8:20 a.m.
  • Edgartown Police Chief James Arena arrived a few minutes later and tried to examine the interior of the car. Unable to do so, he called a professional diver, John Farrar, who arrived at 8:45 a.m.
  • Farrar located Kopechne’s body and pulled it from the car within 10 minutes. Farrar would later testify that the position of Kopechne’s body indicated she had survived the crash and had lived for two to four hours in the car by breathing from a pocket of air. According to Farrar, Kopechne would have survived if he’d been summoned immediately after the accident.
  • When Kennedy heard police had found the car, he went to the police station, arriving about 10 a.m., made a couple of telephone calls and then dictated a statement to give to police — a statement in which Kennedy revealed little of what actually transpired.
  • The medical examiner ruled that Kopechne died of drowning, but no autopsy was performed. She was buried the next day.
  • The Koephne family received a payment of $90,904 from Kennedy and a $50,000 payout from insurance.

Kennedy later pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury and prosecutors agreed to Kennedy’s request that a jail sentence be suspended owing to Kennedy’s age, character and prior reputation. Judge James Boyle ruled that there was probable cause that Kennedy had committed a crime, but declined to issue an arrest warrant. District Attorney Edmund Dinnis chose not to prosecute him for manslaughter. And then, Boyle even had the temerity to claim that Kennedy “has already been, and will continue to be punished far beyond anything this court can impose.”

In reality, it was Americans who were punished. It showed that equal protection under the law is a fairy tale. The people of Massachusetts continued to re-elect Kennedy to the Senate until his death in 2009. And although Kennedy couldn’t overcome the accident to become President, he became one of the Democratic Party’s leading Senators and used his influence and power to force upon Americans a number of egregious statist policies and laws, not the least of which is Obamacare.

During hearings in the run-up to Obamacare’s passage, Democrats repeatedly used the “Kennedy card” to tug at the heartstrings of lawmakers. Kennedy had often called socialized medicine the cause of his life.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • http://msn w.a.nelson

    Kennedy never stopped his drunken lecherous ways. In the early 1980′s, he was asked to leave a dinner gathering on a wealthy Bostonians Yacht, the Pixel II. He had gotten into an arguement during the dessert phase of dinner, with another guest on the yacht. The arguement was about his drunken cowardice at Chappaquiddik. Kennedy picked up a chocolate cake, aimed at his adversary in the arguement, and threw it the length of table in the dining salon. He missed his target and hit the Italian Silk

    • http://msn w.a.nelson

      Draperies leaving a permanent stain. The Yachts owner, Tom Rosse ordered Kennedy ejected from the boat. Fortuneately for Kennedy it was moored to the dock and not underway at sea…Kennedy never offered to pay for the damage and was shunned by the wealthy Boston Venture Capitalists future social gatherings. Rosse is one of the Venture Capitalists who financed the start of Imclone.

  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    He was probably drunk, maybe high, and very scared.. Guess we will never know

  • Marguerite Scarane

    It is more sad for the woman who died and her family that Kennedy did NOT pay for the cruel injustice that would have saved her life. Than to look at Kennedy’s suffrage. This woman could have lived the crash and both would have been better off. But Kennedy’s decision was as bad then as obamacare is to us now. Ted Kennedy name leaves a bad taste all around. Poor decision maker.

    is to us now. The name Ted Kennedy leaves

  • doug

    All the public knew kenedy had killed that girl. But like obama killing four americans in bengazi he was never punished wake up america

  • Brent black

    I dont know how this country survives with two sets of rules. There are alot more average people than super rich. I’m surprised the vast majority allow it. But they do-because it happens all the time.

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