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40th anniversary of Mary Jo Kopechne’s drowning at Chappaquiddick...Kennedy's story still doubtful
examiner.com ^ | july 17th, 2009 | dave gibson

Posted on 07/18/2009 10:20:03 PM PDT by haole

Sometime around midnight, on July 18, 1969 Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile 88 off of a small bridge on Chappaquiddick island, into eight feet of chilly water. The vehicle landed upside-down. While Kennedy managed to free himself from the wreck and swim to safety, his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne was left in the car to drown.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: chappaquiddick; kennedy; kopechne; maryjo; murder; murdererteddy; suffocation; teddykennedy
what will freeperland do to remember this heinous act of a person who has gotten away with so much
1 posted on 07/18/2009 10:20:04 PM PDT by haole
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To: haole

Killed her. At least manslaughter.


2 posted on 07/18/2009 10:23:31 PM PDT by allmost
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To: haole

naaa.... she doesn’t count


3 posted on 07/18/2009 10:26:25 PM PDT by woofie
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To: haole
I remember this controversy when it unfolded on the front pages of our nation's newspapers. Moon landing was headline top of page. Chappaquiddick was bottom front page.
4 posted on 07/18/2009 10:27:08 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Color me red, white and blue - I attended a tea party on July 4th.)
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To: haole; All
Kennedy left the scene and left Mary Jo to die. He did not contact authorities until the following day even though his walk from the scene took him past at least five homes at any of which he could have telephoned and summoned help. He has never asked for forgiveness for causing the death of Mary Jo. This coward has never even acknowledged that he did anything wrong! Nor did he ever apologize or explain to Mary Jo’s parents what had happened to their daughter even though he met with them twice.

The passage of time does not lessen the evilness of Ted Kennedy's actions. Thus, I write him each year to let him know his cowardly actions that July night will never be forgotten; Mary Jo will never be forgotten. I write him to let him know his legacy will always be that of a coward who left a young woman to die a watery death while he scampered to safety and to access just how to salvage his political career.

Contact this turd and let him know we will never forget his actions. Let him know we will never forget Mary Jo.

You can contact Kennedy here.

I did earlier today.

5 posted on 07/18/2009 10:29:42 PM PDT by South40 (Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. ~Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: haole
Chappaquiddick....*my comments*
He may be "the Lion of the Senate", but I will never forget Chappaquiddick. For the uninitiated, a must read is Leo Damore's excellent book Senatorial Privilege....*Truly, A great book*

Ted *Swimmer* Kennedy has styled himself an opponent of wealth and privilege, but his career is a tribute to their power when wielded by a man of the left. The lesson of Chappaquiddick thus remains timely forty years on.
...from http://powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/07/024082.php


6 posted on 07/18/2009 10:40:19 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (Zer0Bambi to the poor (foolish) voter: Welcome to Zer0's Peasant Care ® You Sucker... Now Die! :)
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To: haole

Weren’t the parents of Mary Jo Kopechne paid off to be quiet by the Kennedy’s?


7 posted on 07/18/2009 10:44:35 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: haole

Why was it in Kennedy’s interest to let her drown? Did he just like the thrill of murder or was he not supposed to be driving around with her late at night? Was he married at the time?


8 posted on 07/18/2009 10:45:44 PM PDT by TheThinker
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To: TheThinker

Marriage never stopped him from dabbling ... .

Come on. This is a KENNEDY!

If they’re not willing, rape is in order ... .

It runs in the family.


9 posted on 07/18/2009 10:50:52 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: haole

Thanks to Haole, from a haole on the Big Island
for putting this out here for all to see and reminding us of the cowardly past of Kennedy. You deserve a lot of credit. Mary Joe Kopechne paid the ultimate price/sacrifice and in her death it made certain that Kennedy would not become president. I remember that at the time until Chappaquiddick he would have been an almost shoo-in for pres.
R.I.P. Mary Joe


10 posted on 07/18/2009 10:55:14 PM PDT by Islander2 (Abort Planned Parenthood and other abortuaries)
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To: haole

When the bastard dies I hope Mary Jo get’s to see him thrown in to the pit.


11 posted on 07/18/2009 10:59:17 PM PDT by BigCinBigD ('When a man believes that any stick will do, he at once picks up a boomerang,')
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To: TheThinker
Why was it in Kennedy’s interest to let her drown?

It wasn't in his best interest to let her drown, but Teddy was a married man leaving a party of several young single gals and a few older married men. I believe that Teddy drove off the bridge on the way to a secluded spot to put the Kennedy moves on Mary Jo. I also believe that Teddy was very drunk, unable in courage, mental or physical capacity to try and save her, so he deserted her, walking past at least four homes where he could have summoned help, and instead spent 9(?) hours sobering up and marshaling as much support as his political office and Joe Kennedy's money could buy.

I posted from memory, no doubt there are web sites that have the facts laid out more precisely.

12 posted on 07/18/2009 11:42:41 PM PDT by RJL
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To: haole

Mary Jo Kopechne’s death is the perfect example of God turning even a bad situation to the good. Because of it, Teddy Kennedy would never be elected President. He’s done plenty of harm in the Senate, but nothing compared to what he could have done in the White House.


13 posted on 07/19/2009 12:16:55 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: haole

And he paid back the feminazis by being one of the biggest supporters of abortions ever elected. God should have a special place for this rather rotund murderer!


14 posted on 07/19/2009 12:26:38 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: RJL; TheThinker

You summed it up nicely. Also, his first thought was for his OWN political career. While it would never do to have a young woman drown in his car, worse, thought he, would be for him to appear INTOXICATED when he went for public help for her.

So he swam over to the mainland, changed his clothes, appeared in the hotel sauntering around for an alibi late that night, and then early the next morning he went to enjoy an al fresco breakfast with some friends on their terrace, seemingly perfectly fine.

He wanted to keep his political status intact more than he wanted her alive. I think he thought he could literally get away with it.

Um... He did.


15 posted on 07/19/2009 12:46:21 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: haole

Read you thread.


16 posted on 07/19/2009 1:05:52 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Ciexyz

I remember this controversy when it unfolded on the front pages of our nation’s newspapers. Moon landing was headline top of page. Chappaquiddick was bottom front page.

Well let see the two options on top page: we just walked on the moon or another murder in America...I would have put the moon on the top of the page too. Seriously if we put every murder on the top of the page that is all we would have. Sometime I wonder about FREEPERS who do not think.


17 posted on 07/19/2009 1:07:50 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: haole

“Doubtful”? He’s still in office 40 yrs later, in spite of being a vegetable. He got away with it. It wasn’t “doubtful” either. It’s a damn shame.


18 posted on 07/19/2009 1:12:06 AM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Republic of Texas

JFK had crew asleep or not at stations when they got run over by a ship half their speed, and five times their length.

Joe got his aircrew killed when the electronics officer said the aircraft was unsafe and refused to fly.

Ted.

Young Joe got a girl paralyzed when he flipped a jeep on the Cape.

John John killed his wife and her sister as the pilot and responsible operator knowing flying in violation of his license restriction.


19 posted on 07/19/2009 2:21:33 AM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: haole; Islander2
Another Big Island haole here. Nice to meet you, gentlemen.

Chappaquiddick, moon landing, Charles Manson, Woodstock: that was one memorable summer, as I had just finished high school in Chicago and was packing my trunk to come out to UH Hilo.

Teddie's boozing & political bullying these ensuing 40 years are probably a futile attempt to drown out the cowardly no-count he really is.
20 posted on 07/19/2009 2:29:53 AM PDT by jobim
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To: Republic of Texas

Kennedy did not have the sense of decency to resign at the time of the Kopechne incident. Apparently the people of Massachusetts approved of his behavior as they returned him to the Senate in the 1970 election with 62% of the vote and have continued to send him to the Senate for 40 years.


21 posted on 07/19/2009 2:57:02 AM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: nmh

Yes,
They met twice with the swimmer.
Had I been Mary Jo Kopechnes father I may have brought a hand gun to one of the meetings.


22 posted on 07/19/2009 2:59:04 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (Patrick)
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To: haole

Ask a young person about this story, and they won’t know anything about it.

We need to educate young people in our families about Ted Kennedy.


23 posted on 07/19/2009 5:18:02 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Joe Boucher
Had I been Mary Jo Kopechnes father I may have brought a hand gun to one of the meetings.

It's too bad the Kopechne's never wrote a book about kennedy and their daughter's death.

24 posted on 07/19/2009 5:21:40 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Too true Dr. Scarpetta

Tell me something Doc,
Who has a better life, You or Spencer?


25 posted on 07/19/2009 6:34:41 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (Patrick)
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To: haole
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.

And I have no respect for anyone for MA who has ever voted for this POS.

26 posted on 07/19/2009 6:37:26 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (Still waiting for journalists ask Obama how he'll "heal" a deeply divided nation- FreeperOldDeckHand)
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To: Leisler

Joe got his aircrew killed when the electronics officer said the aircraft was unsafe and refused to fly.


My understanding is that Joe volunteered for a very dangerous mission along the lines of “load an airplane full of explosives, set it on a course for occupied France, and bail out at some opportune time”. Obviously something didn’t go as planned and he died. In my mind, he’s a hero who died fighting for his country.

Although I don’t have direct, incontrovertible evidence of any of this, I think a man who dies in uniform while his country is at war, is due not a small amount of deference.


27 posted on 07/19/2009 6:45:05 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: haole

The Ted Kennedy aquarium is a must for this anniversary.

http://www.thepeoplescube.com/images/KG3/BFH_Ted_Kennedy_Aquarium.jpg


28 posted on 07/19/2009 7:05:28 AM PDT by Katoolie
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Ah, sometimes. Joe got the co-pilot killed too. This is a Kennedy trait, one that thinks them taking chances will A. work, and B. others killed is not their charge or responsibility.

My understanding that the electronics/weapons officer refused to fly that day, and that Joe, with no particular educational training or understanding of electrical theory, practice, equipment decided to fly never the less.

If that is true, Captain Kennedy ignored critical information on the most dangerous and risky element of his aircraft from the person best able to judge, which hard as a Kennedy finds that others are more knowledgeable.

Anyways, with out writing a book, it seems that Kennedy males are great risk takers when they don’t know what they are doing. Like Ted with immigration, health care, a sexual dalliance, flying aircraft or aircraft or boats in combat zones. Both, in my opinion, JFK and Joe got subordinates killed, unnecessarily, due to poor judgement. Not my kind of officer.


29 posted on 07/19/2009 8:42:48 AM PDT by Leisler ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged."~G.K. Chesterton)
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To: Joe Boucher

LOL...


30 posted on 07/19/2009 1:55:00 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: jobim
Chappaquiddick, moon landing, Charles Manson, Woodstock: that was one memorable summer...

Not to mention Nixon's trip to Romania.

31 posted on 07/19/2009 4:08:24 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: haole
Hard to imagine the 'doubt' re this story! Perhaps those who were too young to read; or those who came along afterward; and so perhaps by now; have little or no clue as to what happened.

Of course, there are those Libs in denial; and the Kennedy family; who like all good Leftists; forsake 'truth' for their own 'better cause'. In this case for the Kennedy's; sacrificed Mary Jo; for their name and the legacy it implies. . .

That said; IMHO the best online synopis/chronicling of this tragedy is here. Gripping with it's presentation of facts and testimony. . .

CHAPPAQUIDDICK: A Profile in Cowardice/ Ted Kennedy, the accident, and the cover-up

link

http://www.peoplesfreepress.com/HTM%20folder/ted_kennedy_accident_chappaquidd.htm>

32 posted on 07/19/2009 5:45:08 PM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
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To: cricket; haole
a p.s. re post #32: let me try that link again; and if not; copy/paste (from'#32') if interested.

[That said; IMHO the best online synopis/chronicling of this tragedy is here. Gripping with it's presentation of facts and testimony. . .

CHAPPAQUIDDICK: A Profile in Cowardice/ Ted Kennedy, the accident, and the cover-up

link

33 posted on 07/19/2009 5:51:21 PM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
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To: cricket; haole; All
OK; this is it.. .'synopsis'. . .and a bump/;^)
34 posted on 07/19/2009 5:52:56 PM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
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To: Verginius Rufus
Not to mention Nixon's trip to Romania.

Within a few days of the Ceausescu meeting, the Democrat-controlled Senate, with the Vice President's possibly superfluous help, chose not to scrap (Phase I Safeguard?) missile defense. Interesting timing.

35 posted on 07/19/2009 6:59:32 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Katoolie

i wish rush would bring out his gurgling cod on this day...


36 posted on 07/20/2009 11:16:29 AM PDT by haole (John 10 30)
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To: jobim

also, remember the greatest Haole of them all, Jack Lord brudda!


37 posted on 07/20/2009 11:24:54 AM PDT by haole (John 10 30)
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To: nmh

Yep - a lousy $100K as I recall.

Which amount, as would have their acceptance of even a Hundred Million, made them also scum. Bought-off accessories after the fact of their daughter’s cold-watered killing.


38 posted on 08/01/2009 7:32:44 PM PDT by Brian Allen (Buraq Hussayn bin Buraq Hussayn bin Hussayn Ubambi, is to America what Pol Pot was to Cambodia)
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To: Brian Allen

Yep - a lousy $100K as I recall.

Which amount, as would have their acceptance of even a Hundred Million, made them also scum. Bought-off accessories after the fact of their daughter’s cold-watered killing.


Yes, they are also scum.

There is NO WAY IN HELL, that I’d sell out my daughter like that. I’d be looking for JUSTICE.


39 posted on 08/01/2009 10:29:13 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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