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Curse to Bear,A new account of Ted Kennedy’s Palm Beach adventure(Good Friday,Ted's 15th Annv.)
National Review ^ | 08.01.03 | John J. Miller

Posted on 04/14/2006 7:23:39 PM PDT by Coleus

very season seems to bring a new best-selling book full of sordid details about the Kennedys, from allegations that JFK was a pill-popping intern predator to Carolyn Bessette Kennedy having a fondness for cocaine.  The Kennedy Curse, by Edward Klein, is the latest entry. The premise is simple: "The Kennedy Curse is the result of the destructive collision between the Kennedys' fantasy of omnipotence — their need to get away with things that others cannot — and the cold, hard realities of life."

Sen. Ted Kennedy once wondered "whether some awful curse did actually hang over all the Kennedys." Of course, the distinguished Democrat from Massachusetts has been the author of many of his own problems. A case in point is the Palm Beach incident of 1991, when the famous senator went romping with his son Patrick (now a Rhode Island congressman) and William Kennedy Smith.  Klein is the first writer to have gone through the boxes of sworn statements, depositions, and other official documents associated with the ensuing rape trial. His chapter on the events of March 29, 1991 and what took place afterward are riveting.

A few scene-setting excerpts:

"Because few people had seen the Kennedy compound from the inside, the house had acquired a certain mysterious allure, and men in the family often exploited this attraction during the annual Easter hunt for women. The promise of 'a quiet drink at the house' was a surefire technique for luring women back to the compound for sex."

"Sex itself was never the primary purpose of these evenings; it was an opportunity for the Kennedys to put on a show of manly swagger in front of one another and to demonstrate that women were discardable objects."

"The Kennedys behaved as though they were invulnerable and had nothing to fear. Palm Beach was their seraglio, a place of licentious pleasure. It was there that they could drink themselves into a state of drunken senselessness and turn sex into a power game of seduction, manipulation, and control."

"Perhaps [Ted] was hoping that his young son and nephew could help a drunken, grossly overweight, middle-aged man get lucky again that night."

As it turned out, the two younger Kennedys each brought a woman back to the compound late that night, which happened to be Good Friday. Willy took his companion, Patty Bowman, to the beach just outside. There, according to Bowman, he raped her. What's more, she told a police detective that the senator must have known what was going on.  Klein describes the conversation: "'When [Willy and I] went to the beach, [Ted] was there, and I was screaming, No! and Stop, and I remember thinking, 'Ted Kennedy is here. Why doesn't he come down and stop this man?''"

If Ted Kennedy didn't hear Bowman, perhaps it's because he had become Peeping Ted. His son was in his bedroom with Michele Cassone. At the trial, Cassone spoke about what happened: "Patrick and I were ... making out, kissing. ... About ten minutes at the most later, the senator emerged through the door from inside the house ... and at this time he only has on a button-down oxford shirt. He has taken his slacks off. I didn't see if he had any Jockeys or boxers on [because the shirt] came halfway down the thighs. He was standing there, wobbling, and had no pants on. ... And I was just really freaked out."

Around this time, Bowman says she escaped from the clutches of Smith. She ran back into the house, hid, and then called friends on a cordless phone. They came and picked her up. Then Bowman reported what happened to the police.  Klein describes what happened next: "Teddy appeared to get himself tangled in a web of lies and contradictions." Many of his statements didn't seem to jibe with what others were saying about that night at the compound. "What's more, Teddy stonewalled the police and, at times, interfered with their investigation." When the police came to the compound on Easter Sunday, for instance, one of the senator's henchmen told them that Ted and Willy weren't there — even though they really were. Later on, the Kennedys leaked unflattering information about Bowman to the press, even though liberals aren't supposed to "blame the victim." NBC and the New York Times even used her name, despite Florida's rape-shield law.

Willy, of course, was eventually acquitted — rape convictions can be difficult to secure, especially when one of America's most powerful families has a vested interest in protecting their members. Yet it's impossible to read Klein's account and not think something awful happened that night — and that Ted Kennedy, that hero of Chappaquiddick, was a party to it.  Keep it in mind the next time Kennedy take to the floor of the Senate for a lecture on social justice.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Florida; US: Massachusetts; US: Rhode Island
KEYWORDS: catholicpoliticians; edwardkennedy; goodfriday; holyweek; kennedy; kennedys; patrickkennedy; rape; tedkennedy; williamkennedysmith; ytedk
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On Good Friday Catholics are called to take part in the Solemn Liturgy of our Lord's Death and participate in the Stations of the Cross. They are required to fast and abstain. How did Ted Kennedy and his family practice their faith on Good Friday, 1991?
1 posted on 04/14/2006 7:23:42 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; annalex; ...
The Divine Mercy Novena Begins on Good Friday

2 posted on 04/14/2006 7:24:25 PM PDT by Coleus (What were Ted Kennedy his son & nephew doing on Good Friday, 1991? Getting drunk and raping women?)
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To: Coleus

The only time Ted Kennedy acts Catholic is the week before elections.


3 posted on 04/14/2006 7:29:45 PM PDT by BW2221
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To: Coleus

I don't like the idea of "digging up dirt" on anyone. But in the case of someone so arrogant, sanctimonious and vile, I don't mind if someone else does.


4 posted on 04/14/2006 7:31:25 PM PDT by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Coleus

Wasn't Cardinal Cushing the personal Bishop of the Kennedy Clan?


5 posted on 04/14/2006 7:32:58 PM PDT by petkus
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To: Petronski; Coleus

With Kennedy it's not exactly "digging up dirt," he commits his crimes right out in the open for all to see and then scoffs at anyone who dares to call him on it.


6 posted on 04/14/2006 7:33:44 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Coleus

Q: How did Ted Kennedy and his family practice their faith on Good Friday, 1991?

A: The same way they always have - full of spirits and sacrificing virgins.


7 posted on 04/14/2006 7:33:50 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Di'ver'si'ty (adj.): A compound word derived from the root words: division; perversion; adversity.)
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To: Coleus
"'When [Willy and I] went to the beach, [Ted] was there, and I was screaming, No! and Stop, and I remember thinking, 'Ted Kennedy is here. Why doesn't he come down and stop this man?''"

Teddy has a bad record when it comes to helping women and bodies of water.

8 posted on 04/14/2006 7:34:01 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: Coleus

Keep it in mind the next time Kennedy take to the floor of the Senate for a lecture on social justice.

Yep, all I can visualize is a drowned woman in a car...


9 posted on 04/14/2006 7:34:20 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: The Old Hoosier

I can't wait to piss on his grave.


10 posted on 04/14/2006 7:35:11 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Coward Dean's eyes.)
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To: Petronski

Once you use your religion as a campaign issue all gloves are off. The family should have kept their beliefs to themselves and just campaigned on the issues.

I just hope he repented.

It seems as though his abortion stance hasn't changed and that he obstructs the appointment of judges who are pro life.


11 posted on 04/14/2006 7:37:24 PM PDT by Coleus (What were Ted Kennedy his son & nephew doing on Good Friday, 1991? Getting drunk and raping women?)
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To: Coleus
I don't know if anyone here saw Kennedy testify in his nephews trial but he was an arrogant jerk on the stand. He looked at everyone like it was beneath his station to be testifying.
12 posted on 04/14/2006 7:40:24 PM PDT by jazusamo (-- Married a WAC in '65 and I'm still reenlisting. :-)
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To: Coleus

The Chappaquiddick Chowderhead also purports to be a Catholic, all the while worshipping the sacrament of abortion. Given that, he's definitely not going to care about the rest.


13 posted on 04/14/2006 7:41:03 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Coleus

http://www.ytedk.com


14 posted on 04/14/2006 7:41:13 PM PDT by Luigi Vasellini (60% of Saudis, 58%of Iraqis, 55%of Kuwaitis,50% of Jordanians married 1st or 2nd cousins. LOL!!!)
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To: Coleus

Real peices of work these Kennedy's. Up here in MA they're looked apon as gods. Makes me sick. Alot of people here vote Dem for the sole reason that Dem = JFK.


15 posted on 04/14/2006 7:42:11 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: BW2221
The only time Ted Kennedy acts Catholic is the week before elections.

What about Fat Tuesday?

16 posted on 04/14/2006 7:46:24 PM PDT by woofie
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To: mowowie

Some of 'em also vote Dem because they're dead and don't have much else to do;)


17 posted on 04/14/2006 7:47:03 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: woofie

Irish pretty much = Catholic, don't forget St. Patrick's Day and that green beer!;)


18 posted on 04/14/2006 7:51:32 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Coleus

Ted obviously does not understand that "fast" does NOT mean "quickie"!!


19 posted on 04/14/2006 7:54:58 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Coleus

Ted got off with murder, Compared to that rape doesnt amount to much.


21 posted on 04/14/2006 8:00:24 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: ntnychik; devolve; PhilDragoo; Smartass

Ping


22 posted on 04/14/2006 8:00:49 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: do the dhue
I can't wait to piss on his grave.

My uncle,after whom I'm named,is buried about 100 feet from his parents.Each and every time I've gone to visit his grave,I have the urge to take a little detour and "water the flowers".

23 posted on 04/14/2006 8:03:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: potlatch; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; devolve; OXENinFLA; bitt; La Enchiladita; JustPiper
Everyone should be able to drink
and drive without a driver's license.
I DID and got away with murder!





24 posted on 04/14/2006 8:13:04 PM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Smartass
LOL.

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25 posted on 04/14/2006 8:15:02 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Coleus

Has Ted Kennedy ever practiced his faith? Does he even have a "faith" other than in name only?


26 posted on 04/14/2006 8:15:18 PM PDT by no dems (Illegal Immigration? Congress best do something or look for a Civil War to break out.)
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To: potlatch

 


27 posted on 04/14/2006 8:21:27 PM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Smartass

Who could eat after viewing that? My pager isn't pinging again, looks like Quick Time did some stealth work again!!


28 posted on 04/14/2006 8:23:31 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Coleus

"The Kennedy Curse" is a description of what America has had to endure.


29 posted on 04/14/2006 8:25:44 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The liberal dinosaurs bellow defiantly while sinking deeper into the swamp.......)
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To: Petronski
"don't mind someone else"..."digging up dirt"

LOL. Well, I guess we could say he didn't really have to dig. He just had to kinda sift through it before he stirred it up and spread it. ;-)

30 posted on 04/14/2006 8:26:46 PM PDT by LucyJo
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To: do the dhue

The Kennedy gene pool could use some chlorine..


31 posted on 04/14/2006 8:28:33 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Coleus
"On Good Friday Catholics are called to take part in the Solemn Liturgy of our Lord's Death and participate in the Stations of the Cross. They are required to fast and abstain. How did Ted Kennedy and his family practice their faith on Good Friday, 1991?"

Number one, the Kennedy's are about as "Catholic" as Osama Bin Laden; and number two, yes, they are cursed.
32 posted on 04/14/2006 8:31:35 PM PDT by khnyny
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To: Coleus

Do a google search for William Kennedy Smith, and just about all you find is rape stories. As one of these stories remarks, he is a real sleazeball.

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLJ,GGLJ:2006-05,GGLJ:en&q=William+Kennedy+Smith


33 posted on 04/14/2006 8:36:55 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Coleus
The Kennedy Curse...neat way of shfting the responsibility for the Kennnedys' disgraceful behaviors from themselves to some dark and distant force out of their own control - victimology rides again......
34 posted on 04/14/2006 8:37:04 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Coleus

A pack of pathetic, drunken, bums.


35 posted on 04/14/2006 8:48:41 PM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: sheik yerbouty
I just got done talking to some investors. They are interested in getting buses and putting Kegs of beer on the bus. Then sell bus tickets for rides to Ted 'hicup' Kennedy's grave. The investor would then like to sell pictures of ticket bearers squirting used Budweiser on his grave.

I think it will work and we could probably go public with it one day.
36 posted on 04/14/2006 9:07:40 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Ted Kennedy's eyes.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
"Q: How did Ted Kennedy and his family practice their faith on Good Friday, 1991?"

The answer was given during Teddy's confession on Thursday night:

Priest: "For your penance, do 10 "Our Fathers" and 10 "Hail Marys."

Teddy's interpretation: "For starters, I'll drink 10 Jack Daniels Leninskys and wind up the night with 10 Bloody Marys."

37 posted on 04/14/2006 9:14:37 PM PDT by jonrick46
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To: do the dhue

Would I be allowed to give his grave some Chivas, after it has been properly filtered through my kidneys?


38 posted on 04/14/2006 9:16:11 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Coleus

Man...fifteen years? How time flies.


39 posted on 04/14/2006 9:18:18 PM PDT by RichInOC (Ted Kennedy...The Man in the Brooks Brothers Shirt.)
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To: Coleus

There are plenty of Kennedy Catholics in Boston. Most confess on Sunday and support abortions on Monday.

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


40 posted on 04/14/2006 9:19:26 PM PDT by bray (Racists for Rice '08)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Sure thing.

You will probably want a picture too. We will be making them in wallet sized, 8X11, poster sized or you can get the 'damn, I'm gassed up like Ted Kennedy' package and get all three. Now what would be good for you?


41 posted on 04/14/2006 9:33:33 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Ted Kennedy's eyes.)
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To: mowowie

I've never understood how MA can see all that stinking corruption and still vote for him.


42 posted on 04/14/2006 9:37:43 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: do the dhue
You know what? And I ain't BSing you. I have honestly had nightmares and Ted Kennedy is in them. You know how some people are afraid to go to sleep after they have seen a scary movie? I feel exactly like that after I hear him speak. I don't watch scary movies or Ted Kennedy speak anymore, but I still have the dreams.

I have come to the conclusion that I have Post Traumatic Ted Kennedy Stress Disorder (PTTKSD). I penned that myself. I am still researching PTTKSD and I have yet to find any other people who know that they suffer from PTTKSD. I want to get my fellow men who suffer from PTTKSD to get together and so we can recognize our situation and then sue the pants off that fat, drunk, SOB.

I am also Researching PT Billery Clinton SD, PT Tom Dasshole SD, PT Coward Dean SD, PT Kohn Kerry SD, PT Scary Reid SD, PT Ali blahblah Gore SD, PT Coward Dean SD, and I saved the worst for last: PT Janet Reno SD.

If anyone has symptoms of any of the above, please let me know. We will call a tuff, smart lawyer and take 'um out.
43 posted on 04/14/2006 9:47:56 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Ted Kennedy's eyes.)
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To: Coleus
He was standing there, wobbling, and had no pants on. ... And I was just really freaked out.

A horrible mental picture.

44 posted on 04/15/2006 1:27:54 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Coleus; familyop
Uh-oh. The "Swagger" word again. And this time in connection to the "oppression of women".

One of the retired General calling for Rumsfeld's head is also using the SWAGGER word. Dittos in re MSM regarding the Duke LaCrosse situation. But in this case the word is used in connection to the "oppression of minorities".

ALERT! ALERT! METEOR INCOMING.

45 posted on 04/15/2006 6:04:29 AM PDT by Alia
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To: Alia

Oh, "the Duke LaCrosse situation!" I wondered where the stuff about "whites" was coming from in the defense thread! ...was trying to make the connection...hmmm..a country that rhymed with "Zinni," maybe? I was trying to figure that out.


46 posted on 04/15/2006 6:10:47 AM PDT by familyop (Support our troops! Don't stop now!)
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To: csvset

Yes, it's very frightening.


47 posted on 04/16/2006 7:14:29 PM PDT by Coleus (Happy Easter, Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Hallelujah! Happy Birthday Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: Coleus
About ten minutes at the most later, the senator emerged through the door from inside the house ... and at this time he only has on a button-down oxford shirt.

Cue the music (da-da-da-da!) that's used when women slowly undress and throw each article of clothing at the guy.

48 posted on 04/16/2006 7:18:44 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Frank White vs Scarface vs Nino Brown. Who'd win?)
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To: Coleus
NBC and the New York Times even used her name, despite Florida's rape-shield law.
Wow, it's almost as if the media giants are merely partisan shills. But how could that be? ;') Thanks for the link, Coleus.
49 posted on 06/12/2006 8:10:52 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (All Moslems everywhere advocate murder, including mass murder, and they do it all the time.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Did JFK "Steal" the Words for his "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You" quote?  Of course he did
50 posted on 06/12/2006 7:26:07 PM PDT by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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