kennedy car crash

kennedy car crash

Kennedy Car Crash

Associated Press Sen. Edward Kennedy’s car is pulled from the water off a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island. The body of Mary Kopechne, of Washington, D.C., was found in the rear seat. Her death was attributed to drowning. Kennedy’s public image and political fortunes suffered an indelible stain from the crash. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s car is pulled from the water off a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island. The body of Mary Kopechne, of Washington, D.C., was found in the rear seat. Her death was attributed to drowning. Kennedy’s public image and political fortunes suffered an indelible stain from the crash. (Associated Press) See more galleries Associated Press Mary Jo Kopechne, shown in an undated photo. Kennedy, who denied having an intimate relationship with Kopechne, said he had been giving her a ride from the party they had attended so she could catch a ferry. Mary Jo Kopechne, shown in an undated photo. Kennedy, who denied having an intimate relationship with Kopechne, said he had been giving her a ride from the party they had attended so she could catch a ferry. (Associated Press) See more galleries
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Kennedy Car Crash

Associated Press Sen. Edward Kennedy’s car is pulled from the water off a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island. The body of Mary Kopechne, of Washington, D.C., was found in the rear seat. Her death was attributed to drowning. Kennedy’s public image and political fortunes suffered an indelible stain from the crash. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s car is pulled from the water off a bridge on Massachusetts’ Chappaquiddick Island. The body of Mary Kopechne, of Washington, D.C., was found in the rear seat. Her death was attributed to drowning. Kennedy’s public image and political fortunes suffered an indelible stain from the crash. (Associated Press) See more galleries
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Kennedy Car Crash

According to Kennedy’s inquest testimony, he made a wrong turn onto Dike Road, which was an unlit dirt road that led to Dike Bridge (also spelled Dyke Bridge). Dike Road was unpaved, but Kennedy, driving at “approximately twenty miles an hour ,” took “no particular notice” of that fact, and did not realize that he was no longer headed toward the ferry landing. Dike Bridge was a wooden structure that was not protected by a guardrail and was angled obliquely to the road. A fraction of a second before he reached the bridge, Kennedy applied his brakes and then drove over the side of the bridge. The car plunged into tide-swept Poucha Pond (there a channel) and came to rest, upside down, underwater. Kennedy recalled later that he was able to swim free of the vehicle, but Kopechne was not. At the inquest, Kennedy claimed that he called Kopechne’s name several times from the shore and tried to swim down to reach her seven or eight times. He then rested on the bank for around 15 minutes before he returned on foot to Lawrence Cottage, which was the site of the party that was attended by Kopechne and the other “Boiler Room Girls”. Kennedy denied seeing any house with a light on during his walk back to Lawrence Cottage.
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Kennedy Car Crash

Kennedy finally announced his candidacy for the presidency in late 1979, challenging incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination for the 1980 election. On November 4, 1979, CBS broadcast a one-hour television special, presented by Roger Mudd titled Teddy. The program consisted of an interview with Kennedy, interspersed with visual materials. Much of the show was devoted to the Chappaquiddick incident. During the interview, Mudd questioned Kennedy repeatedly about the incident and at one point directly accused him of lying. During the interview, Kennedy also gave what one author described as an “incoherent and repetitive” answer to the question “Why do you want to be President?” He called the American-supported Shah of Iran “one of the most violent regimes in the history of mankind.” The program inflicted serious political damage on Kennedy. Carter alluded to the Chappaquiddick incident twice in five days, once declaring that he had not “panicked in the crisis.” Kennedy lost the Democratic nomination to Carter, who lost the general election to Ronald Reagan in a landslide, but he remained a senator until his death in 2009. He won all seven elections for the US Senate after the incident.
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Kennedy Car Crash

According to Kennedy’s testimony, Gargan and party co-host Paul Markham then returned to the waterway with him to try to rescue Kopechne. Both of the other men also tried multiple times to dive into the water and rescue Kopechne. Kennedy testified that their efforts to rescue Kopechne failed, and Gargan and Markham drove with him to the ferry landing. Both men insisted multiple times that the crash had to be reported to the authorities. According to Markham’s testimony, Kennedy was sobbing and on the verge of becoming crazed. Kennedy went on to testify, ” had full intention of reporting it. And I mentioned to Gargan and Markham something like, ‘You take care of the other girls; I will take care of the accident!’—that is what I said and I dove into the water.” Kennedy had already told Gargan and Markham not to tell the other women anything about the incident “ecause I felt strongly that if these girls were notified that an accident had taken place and Mary Jo had, in fact, drowned, that it would only be a matter of seconds before all of those girls, who were long and dear friends of Mary Jo’s, would go to the scene of the accident and enter the water with, I felt, a good chance that some serious mishap might have occurred to any one of them.”
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Kennedy Car Crash

On the evening of July 18, 1969, while most Americans were home watching television reports on the progress of the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission, Kennedy and his cousin Joe Gargan were hosting a cookout and party at a rented cottage on Chappaquiddick Island, an affluent island near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The party was planned as a reunion for Kopechne and five other women, all veterans of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. Bobby Kennedy was Ted Kennedy’s older brother, and following Bobby’s assassination in June 1968 Ted took up his family’s political torch. In 1969, Ted Kennedy was elected majority whip in the U.S. Senate, and he seemed an early front-runner for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination.
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Kennedy Car Crash

On July 18, 1969 (two days before the Apollo 11 moon landing and four months before his father’s death), US Senator Ted Kennedy hosted a party on Chappaquiddick Island, an isle accessible via ferry from the town of Edgartown on the nearby larger island of Martha’s Vineyard. The gathering was a reunion for a group of six unattached women that included Mary Jo Kopechne; they were known as the “boiler-room girls”, who had served on Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. Also present were Kennedy’s cousin Joseph Gargan and Paul F. Markham, a school friend of Gargan who had previously served as the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts. Attorney Charles Tretter, Raymond La Rosa, and John Crimmins (Kennedy’s part-time driver) also attended the party. Kennedy was also competing in the Edgartown Yacht Club Regatta, a sailing competition that was taking place over several days. All six men were married and all six women were single and 28 and younger.
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Kennedy Car Crash

According to Kennedy’s own testimony at the inquest into Kopechne’s death, he left the party at “approximately 11:15 p.m.” When he announced that he was about to leave, Kopechne told him “that she was desirous of leaving, if I would be kind enough to drop her back at her hotel.” Kennedy then requested the keys to his mother’s car from his chauffeur, Crimmins. Asked why he did not have his chauffeur drive them both, Kennedy explained that Crimmins and some other guests “were concluding their meal, enjoying the fellowship and it didn’t appear to me necessary to require him to bring me back to Edgartown.” Kopechne told no one that she was leaving with Kennedy, and left her purse and hotel key at the party.
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Unmentioned in the mainstream media’s usual ululations over Kennedy was what Wikipedia delicately calls the “Chappaquiddick incident.” After leaving a party with Miss Mary Jo Kopechne, a dedicated worker who served during Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 campaign, Kennedy drove off a bridge and escaped the doomed car, leaving Kopechne behind to die. Also unmentioned: The Edward M. Kennedy Center’s eerie resemblance to an ancient noble’s tomb, where a master is buried with sacrificed underlings.
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A quick rundown: On July 18, 1969, Kennedy left a small party with Kopechne. Kennedy later testified he merely planned to drop the pretty, petite blonde off at her hotel room. But Kopechne let no one know she was leaving with him and left her hotel key behind. Kennedy made a wrong turn on the Massachusetts island’s road, and drove off the Dike Bridge into Poucha Pond. Kennedy somehow escaped — perhaps before the car’s engine dragged it down — and swan to shore. Inexplicably, he called Kopechne’s name a few times (because that would help), dived into the pond a few times, then left for his hotel without notifying residents or authorities until after 8 AM the next day after sleeping off the party, well after poor Mary Jo could hope to be rescued.

Published on Jan 21, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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