Lord Crimson

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40th Anniversary of Ted Kennedy at Chappaquiddick

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40th anniversary of Mary Jo Kopechne’s death at the hands of
Ted “The Swimmer” Kennedy.

It was sometime around midnight, on July 18, 1969, when Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile off a small bridge on Chappaquiddick Island into eight feet of water. The vehicle landed upside-down. While Kennedy managed to free himself from the wreck and swim to safety, he abandoned his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne in the car to drown.

Kennedy claims to have reached the shore, and then made seven or eight attempts to rescue Kopechne, but could not free her.

Kennedy then walked back to the cottage where he and four other men, were partying with several young women known as the “Boiler Room Girls“ who had worked on Robert Kennedy‘s campaign. Though Kennedy passed by a fire station and a private home to return to the cottage, he never stopped to ask for help for the trapped Kopechne.

He returned to the party and according to Kennedy himself, informed his cousin and a friend of the situation. The two men, Joseph Gargan and Paul Markham claim to have returned to the scene of the accident and made several unsuccessful attempts to free Kopechne.

Kennedy Attempts to Create an Alibi.

After the failed rescue attempts, Kennedy claims to have jumped back into the water and made the 500-foot swim across the channel back to Edgartown. He then walked back to his hotel and spent the night. He even took the time to change clothes and pay a visit to the front-desk, to complain about a noisy party–no doubt Kennedy’s sloppy attempt at securing an alibi.

The next morning, Gargan and Markham around 8:00 a.m., and were supposedly shocked to discover that Kennedy never reported the accident to police. According to Kennedy‘s own testimony, he told them: “about my own thoughts and feelings as I swam across that channel … that somehow when they arrived in the morning that they were going to say that Mary Jo was still alive”

The two men along with Kennedy went back to Chappaquiddick, where Kennedy spent some time making phone calls, seeking advice from various individuals as to how to proceed.

Meanwhile, two fisherman had discovered the submerged car and notified police. At 8:45a.m. a diver recovered the lifeless body of Mary Jo Kopechne.
It was not until 10a.m., over nine hours after driving-off of the bridge that Ted Kennedy went to the police station in Edgarton to report the accident.

Kennedy’s Statement

Kennedy then gave the following prepared statement to police: “On July 18, 1969, at approximately 11:15 p.m. in Chappaquiddick, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, I was driving my car on Main Street on my way to get the ferry back to Edgartown. I was unfamiliar with the road and turned right onto Dike Road, instead of bearing hard left on Main Street. After proceeding for approximately one-half mile on Dike Road I descended a hill and came upon a narrow bridge.

The car went off the side of the bridge. There was one passenger with me, one Miss Mary [Kopechne], a former secretary of my brother Sen. Robert Kennedy. The car turned over and sank into the water and landed with the roof resting on the bottom. I attempted to open the door and the window of the car but have no recollection of how I got out of the car. I came to the surface and then repeatedly dove down to the car in an attempt to see if the passenger was still in the car. I was unsuccessful in the attempt. I was exhausted and in a state of shock.

I recall walking back to where my friends were eating. There was a car parked in front of the cottage and I climbed into the backseat. I then asked for someone to bring me back to Edgartown. I remember walking around for a period and then going back to my hotel room. When I fully realized what had happened this morning, I immediately contacted the police”

In a move which must have been rather tortuous for her parents, Kennedy attended Mary Jo’s funeral, wearing a neck brace (which he reportedly never wore again) and looking rather pathetic.


The diver who recovered Kopechne’s body, John Farrar testified at the official inquest that her body was found where the air pocket would have formed. He said: “Had I received a call within five to ten minutes of the accident occurring, and was able, as I was the following morning, to be at the victim’s side within twenty-five minutes of receiving the call, in such event there is a strong possibility that she would have been alive on removal from the submerged car.”

The Court does not Punish Kennedy for his Crimes.

A week after the incident, Kennedy pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended two-month sentence. Kennedy then went on national television to repeat his rather implausible story, and to ask for the public’s “prayers.”

The ensuing scandal and questionable details given by all of those involved is now left to speculation. It was obvious to most people that Kennedy had allowed a young girl to drown, in a desperate and self-serving attempt to protect his political career.

The incident guaranteed Kennedy would never be a serious candidate for President of the United States.

Written by Lord Crimson

July 17, 2009 at 11:48 am

6 Responses

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  1. Ted Kennedy should have been charged with manslaughter. I’d say his blood-alcohol level was high which contributed to why he drove off the bridge. Definitely one reason he waited until the next morning to report the accident.

    We must wonder why Kennedy doesn’t remember or is not willing to tell how he got out of the car. Why didn’t Kopechne exit the same way?

    Too many secrets.


    July 18, 2009 at 10:54 am

  2. Let’s never forget–the entire Kenneday family (including inlaws and outlaws) is degenerate.


    July 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    • Hi Diogenes

      The Kennedy’s began their decline into infamy by acquired money through illegal activities. Normally I wouldn’t care of someone took to bootlegging as a way to cheat the revenuers, but the Kennedy’s have seen fit to use their wealth as a way to enable government to steal from me in the form of higher taxes… Ted in particular.

      The irony is that the Kennedy’s acquired much of their wealth by not paying taxes, while Teddy has spent much of his time in the Senate creating ways to raise our taxes so he can claim credit for helping the underprivileged. Notice he didn’t use his own money, just ours. It’s easy to be generous with other people’s money.

      As a result, I have little use for any Kennedy, especially The Swimmer.

      Lord Crimson

      July 23, 2009 at 9:47 am

  3. Steady Teddy is a joke. I still cringe at the time he sat in judgment, questioning the morality of Clarence Thomas. Imagine that murderer judging anyone’s morality.

    Dr Dodd

    July 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm

  4. Ted is such an idiot and is such a blatant example of someone getting off because he’s rich. He totally killed that woman by drinking and getting behind the wheel and then he spent the night trying to figure out a way to get out of it before realizing he had to make a report. Disgusting. And because he’s a Kennedy he also got to stay in his seat and get voted in again and again. American’s are suckers for their “royal” family. Why is someone with this poor of judgement sitting in the Senate? Can’t America find 1 person with better judgement then this idiot? I mean, I’ve never killed a person or driven under the influence! Isn’t there someone like me who has a clean slate and has graduated from Harvard? Put them in the seat instead of Kennedy. And tell Ted to go jump in a lake.


    August 20, 2009 at 10:44 am

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