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Revisiting Chappaquiddick After 35 Years
Human Events ^ | July 19, 2004 | Joseph Calandra, Jr

Posted on 07/19/2004 10:08:38 AM PDT by pilgrim

 

 

Revisiting Chappaquiddick After 35 Years


Posted Jul 19, 2004Thirty-five years after the night of July 18, 1969, when Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile sedan off the side of a wooden bridge on Chappaquiddick Island on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and left for dead Mary Jo Kopechne, the 28-year-old former secretary of his brother Robert F. Kennedy, in his submerged car, unanswered questions linger over the events of that fatal evening. Kennedy escaped the wreckage with a concussion and waited nine hours before reporting the incident to the police shortly after a young boy noticed the sunken car.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, but no other charges were filed against the Massachusetts senator. Edgartown Police Chief Dominick J. Arena said that an examination of the evidence, shortly after the incident, showed that Kennedy could not be held legally responsible for Kopechne’s death.

Leo Damore, author of the best-selling 1988 book Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Cover-Up (published by Regnery, a sister company of HUMAN EVENTS), described Chappaquiddick as “the most famous traffic fatality in the history of American politics. . . . The mysteries of the case continue to haunt Sen. Edward Kennedy’s [D.-Mass.] career. For many, Chappaquiddick stands as the single obstacle in his path to the Presidency.”

HUMAN EVENTS covered the aftermath of the fatal drowning in the weeks that followed the incident and concluded at the time that “the available evidence, in fact, suggests that Teddy, aside from his own statement that he dove repeatedly into the waters to retrieve Mary Jo Kopechne, did nothing else during this mysterious nine-hour interval to see that she received help. . . .

“While Kennedy has said he was ‘exhausted and in a state of shock’ after the accident, local officials found that he was not too shocked or exhausted to immediately call for his lawyer, Paul Markham, when he returned to the party at the Chappaquiddick cottage after the accident. The receptionist at his motel in Edgartown has also claimed the senator appeared ‘natural’ when he borrowed a dime from her to make a phone call two and half hours before he reported the accident to the police.”

The facts relating to the incident are as follows:



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Lest we forget.
1 posted on 07/19/2004 10:08:41 AM PDT by pilgrim
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It's an insult to the Kopechne family that the DNC is having their convention on her birthday. Sick, twisted....


2 posted on 07/19/2004 10:13:31 AM PDT by oolatec
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To: oolatec
It's an insult to the Kopechne family that the DNC is having their convention on her birthday. Sick, twisted....

...planned? C'mon now.

3 posted on 07/19/2004 10:19:13 AM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: pilgrim

Why can't we all just let Mary Jo and her unborn child rest in pease? If any one but Ted Kennedy were the father, no one, I repeat, no one would be interested in the murder of a pregnant girl. Just let them rest in peace, would you!


4 posted on 07/19/2004 10:19:21 AM PDT by Tacis (,)
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To: oolatec

It illustrates their pathology.


5 posted on 07/19/2004 10:19:58 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: pilgrim

Maybe Mark Furman should solve this kennedy murder as well


6 posted on 07/19/2004 10:21:33 AM PDT by MJY1288 ("KERRY" & "EDWARDS" ARE TWO "JOHNS" THAT NEED FLUSHING!)
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To: pilgrim

It's little wonder Kennedy is such a drunk. Lying there sober on his pillow, he is probably haunted by what he has done.


7 posted on 07/19/2004 10:21:40 AM PDT by Gritty ("for many, when it's a choice between Bush and anybody else, they'll take anybody else-Mark Steyn)
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To: pilgrim

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8 posted on 07/19/2004 10:21:55 AM PDT by MoralSense
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To: oolatec
Sick, twisted....

Yes, like the arrogant murderer naming his dog, "Splash".

RIP Mary Jo.

9 posted on 07/19/2004 10:22:26 AM PDT by LisaMalia (In Memory of Sgt. James W."Billy" Lunsford..KIA 11-29-69 Binh Dinh S. Vietnam)
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To: pilgrim

"confused and turned the wrong way"...can you say "black-out"?


10 posted on 07/19/2004 10:23:24 AM PDT by EX52D
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To: Gritty
It's little wonder Kennedy is such a drunk. Lying there sober on his pillow, he is probably haunted by what he has done.

I doubt he is haunted at all.

11 posted on 07/19/2004 10:24:22 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Strategery - "W" plays poker with one hand and chess with the other.)
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To: pilgrim

Oh, here we go again. Can't you leave the poor tortured soul of Ted Kennedy alone, huh?

Move along, nothing to see here. Besides....Bush lies, he lies, he lies.


12 posted on 07/19/2004 10:26:01 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: pilgrim
....but made 17 phone calls

Obviously setting the Kennedy Coverup Machine into full gear.

13 posted on 07/19/2004 10:26:07 AM PDT by LisaMalia (In Memory of Sgt. James W."Billy" Lunsford..KIA 11-29-69 Binh Dinh S. Vietnam)
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To: Tacis
pregnant

If that's the case, it's odd there's no mention of it in this Human Events article.

14 posted on 07/19/2004 10:26:21 AM PDT by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary. You have the right to be wrong.)
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To: pilgrim
For many, Chappaquiddick stands as the single obstacle in his path to the Presidency.

THAT is a sad state of affairs - that his drunken hateful leftist politics aren't enough to keep him out...

15 posted on 07/19/2004 10:29:42 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Gritty
"It's little wonder Kennedy is such a drunk. Lying there sober on his pillow..."

Huh? When has he every been lying sober on his pillow?

16 posted on 07/19/2004 10:31:53 AM PDT by TommyDale ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." --Hillary Clinton)
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To: pilgrim
Kennedy also claimed he was confused and turned the wrong way on the dirt road toward Dike bridge despite the fact that he had been on this stretch of road several times and was in fact on it earlier that day.

Impossible, I've been there. He knew he was leaving the main road to the ferry and he purposely was going down Dike Road to the Beach, just a few hundred yards past the bridge. I'm sure he was going for some "midnight delight" on the beach with the gal.

Kennedy was guilty of manslaughter as anyone would be if they killed a passenger while driving drunk.

17 posted on 07/19/2004 10:33:00 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: pilgrim

http://www.ytedk.com/chappindex.htm

Above IRL has good info and time line. long read


18 posted on 07/19/2004 10:34:13 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Liberals are like catfish ( all mouth and no brains )(bottom feeders))
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To: Gritty
Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile sedan

Too bad someone doesn't have the ambition to buy a '68 Olds just like the car Teddy was driving and then drove it around the streets of Boston during the convention. They could put some seaweed and fish on and about the car just for effect.

19 posted on 07/19/2004 10:36:33 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: EX52D

How about drunk.


20 posted on 07/19/2004 10:40:11 AM PDT by ampat
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To: Gritty
...he is probably haunted by what he has done.

I sincerely doubt it. He didn't care about Mary Jo immediately after the accident. Why would he care 35 years later?

21 posted on 07/19/2004 10:40:14 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Get off your duffs and VOTE for Bush-Cheney in Nov. Your life may depend on it.)
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To: 1Old Pro
Kennedy was guilty of manslaughter...

At least.

22 posted on 07/19/2004 10:42:11 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Get off your duffs and VOTE for Bush-Cheney in Nov. Your life may depend on it.)
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To: pilgrim

http://www.humaneventsonline.com/downloads-pdfs/twentyquestions.pdf


23 posted on 07/19/2004 10:50:11 AM PDT by Nasty McPhilthy (When the levy breaks…..there’ll be no place to run.)
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To: isthisnickcool
I doubt he is haunted at all.

Of course he isn't. But the excessive boozing shows it does bother him 'subconsciously'.

24 posted on 07/19/2004 11:00:26 AM PDT by johnny7 (“Issue is in doubt.” -Col. David Shoup. Tarawa, 1943)
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To: 1Old Pro
Too bad someone doesn't have the ambition to buy a '68 Olds just like the car Teddy was driving and then drove it around the streets of Boston during the convention. They could put some seaweed and fish on and about the car just for effect.

Attention Mass FReepers great idea for an enterprizing FReeper in the New England area!

25 posted on 07/19/2004 11:01:57 AM PDT by Chieftain ('W' in '04!)
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
"http://www.humaneventsonline.com/downloads-pdfs/twentyquestions.pdf"
 
This makes the event more questionable!  I had not heard about the bloodstains of Mary Jo's shirt. 
 
Hmmmmmmmmm.....pilgrim  .

26 posted on 07/19/2004 11:06:30 AM PDT by pilgrim
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To: Nasty McPhilthy
"http://www.humaneventsonline.com/downloads-pdfs/twentyquestions.pdf"
 
This makes the event more questionable!  I had not heard about the bloodstains of Mary Jo's shirt. 
 
Hmmmmmmmmm.....pilgrim  .

27 posted on 07/19/2004 11:06:33 AM PDT by pilgrim
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To: Wolfstar

"...he is probably haunted by what he has done."

"I sincerely doubt it. He didn't care about Mary Jo immediately after the accident. Why would he care 35 years later?"

And why should he care, when the people of Taxachusetts, home of JohnEffinKerry, continued to re-elect this monster from that day to this? He's a hero! He beat the rap! Just like OJ!


28 posted on 07/19/2004 11:11:19 AM PDT by vanmorrison
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To: TommyDale
Huh? When has he every been lying sober on his pillow?

Because he lies best when he isn't drunk.
29 posted on 07/19/2004 11:14:20 AM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: vanmorrison
And why should he care, when the people of Taxachusetts, home of JohnEffinKerry, continued to re-elect this monster from that day to this? He's a hero! He beat the rap! Just like OJ!

That's the hard truth which tells the tale, doesn't it. That's why I have no faith or trust in the American electorate. Hope, yes. But trust, no.

30 posted on 07/19/2004 11:22:51 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Get off your duffs and VOTE for Bush-Cheney in Nov. Your life may depend on it.)
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To: Chieftain
Photo of car:


31 posted on 07/19/2004 11:23:53 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: pilgrim

Yes, Kennedy is a low-down, mudering dog. There is no question about that.

It is also sad that this young woman lost her life.

BUT, that isn't the saddest part of the whole process.

The saddest part is that despite his obvious criminality.....the good people of Massachusetts have continued to "overlook" this incident and elect him over and over again.

That says so very much about the electorate in that state. Very sad, indeed.


32 posted on 07/19/2004 11:45:57 AM PDT by El Gran Salseron (It translates as the Great, Big Salsa Dancer, nothing more. :-))
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To: Tacis

What are the politics of Scott Peterson? No one would be interested, indeed.


33 posted on 07/19/2004 11:46:02 AM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: El Gran Salseron
There is no statute of limitations on murder. Perhaps Ted Kennedy will eventually be brought to trial for his crimes. Another Kennedy was brought to trial over a murder case from decades past.

Political connections can't betray justice forever.

34 posted on 07/19/2004 11:49:25 AM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: 1Old Pro

If Kennedy went into the water because he was drunk, he was as you say guilty of manslaughter or accidental death, and anyone but a Kennedy would have been tried on such a charge.

But it's worse than that. He waited 9 hours to inform the police, whereas if he had called them from the first house near the bridge they might very likely have gotten her out before she died. There was a substantial pocket of air in the car, and she probably lived for some time before it ran out.

That's worse than manslaughter. And there's more. His motivation was almost certainly to figure out a way to cover up his involvement and preserve his political career, not that he was too drunk or incompetent to make the right decisions in an emergency.

That's murder, in my book. He didn't deliberately kill her, but he did deliberately let her die after putting her into a situation where she was certain to die.


35 posted on 07/19/2004 11:50:11 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: pilgrim

BUMP


36 posted on 07/19/2004 11:50:41 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (I approve this message: character and integrity matter. Bush/Cheney '04)
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To: pilgrim
Teddy's real legacy:

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

37 posted on 07/19/2004 11:51:42 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Cicero

Same as the case where the woman on X hit a pedestrian and drove him into her garage where she left him to die in her windshield.


38 posted on 07/19/2004 11:51:55 AM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: El Gran Salseron

The "good people" of Massachusetts continue to overlook this horrible bit of Ted Kennedy's past but so does Big Media that sees Teddy as the last viable Kennedy (no JFK, RFK, John-John/JFK Jr.... although the media has tried to spin John Kerry as "John F. Kerry" and Kerry/Edwards as "John-John"). Why should we care to hear his take on Iraq?


39 posted on 07/19/2004 11:54:47 AM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: 1Old Pro
I thought it was a Lincoln (rhyms with sinkin'). What model of Olds was it?
40 posted on 07/19/2004 11:55:17 AM PDT by Dead Dog (Expose the Media to Light, Expose the Media to Market Forces.)
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To: 1Old Pro

We were on The Vineyard last week and went to Chappaquiddick to see "the bridge". There can be no doubt what Fat Ted had in mind. That bridge leads to one thing....the beach and is really far from civilization.
His lawyers Datum,Dickum and Dunkum served him well. He should have been tried and CONVICTED.


41 posted on 07/19/2004 11:57:17 AM PDT by surrey
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To: 1Old Pro

I'm sure he was going for some "midnight delight" on the beach with the gal.


...Delamore makes the case that he was fleeing from a summer constable, who, though in a police uniform, had no arrest powers and would likely only have tut-tutted about a married middle-aged Senator out with a young woman late a night. Kennedy had offered to drive Mary-Joe to the Edgartown ferry (it's about a 100-yard wide channel), apparently stopped and was approached by a uniformed summer constable, who thought he was lost tourist. (Chappaquick is featureless and the roads are poorly marked.) Kennedy panicked and took off at 60 MPH, and vaulted off the narrow Dyke Bridge, which at the time had no guard rails, only a pair of 2 x 10's nailed flat on top of one another. (The new Dyke Bridge has a 3' high guard rail constructed of 8 x 8 timbers suppored by a 1" steel cable running the length of the bridge and anchored at both ends.)


42 posted on 07/19/2004 12:04:45 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ideas so stupid only intellectuals could believe them.)
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To: Dead Dog

It looks like a Delta 88 to me. 1Oldpro has a sweet idea there


43 posted on 07/19/2004 12:07:03 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: surrey
We were on The Vineyard last week and went to Chappaquiddick to see "the bridge".

I did the same last summer. No way ANYONE can mistake DIKE road (gravel, bumpy, etc) with the main road. He knew where he was going.

44 posted on 07/19/2004 12:20:51 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Kennedy panicked and took off at 60 MPH,

Kennedy would panic at an officer - he was in a hurry to get to the beach - not the ferry. any idiot who was ever there knows the difference between the main road and a very bumpy/gravel Dike Road..

45 posted on 07/19/2004 12:23:24 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Dead Dog
What model of Olds was it?

See photo on this thread

46 posted on 07/19/2004 12:24:32 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: pilgrim
The receptionist at his motel in Edgartown has also claimed the senator appeared ‘natural’ when he borrowed a dime from her to make a phone call two and half hours before he reported the accident to the police.”

It's time to move on. It has been decades since a phone call was a dime.

47 posted on 07/19/2004 12:25:26 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Sounds like the city council should hold a vote to name the new bridge after Mary Jo Kopechne (e.g. "The Mary Jo Kopechne Memorial Bridge").


48 posted on 07/19/2004 12:25:53 PM PDT by weegee (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them. ~~Ronald Reagan)
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To: El Gran Salseron
The saddest part is that despite his obvious criminality.....the good people of Massachusetts have continued to "overlook" this incident and elect him over and over again.

It may be sad, but it's also pathetic and shameful.

49 posted on 07/19/2004 12:27:28 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Tacis
Why can't we all just let Mary Jo and her unborn child rest in pease? If any one but Ted Kennedy were the father, no one, I repeat, no one would be interested in the murder of a pregnant girl. Just let them rest in peace, would you!

If it were anyone but Ted Kennedy that did it, they would be in jail. Don't confuse the issue. This is not about Mary Jo. It is all about Ted.

50 posted on 07/19/2004 12:28:53 PM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Do NOT buy from junk email.)
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