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Kennedy's Chappaquiddick statement
Montreal Gazette ^

Posted on 08/26/2009 8:05:26 PM PDT by Chet 99

The following is an edited and abbreviated transcript of Edward Kennedy's statement following the Chappaquiddick controversy:

There is no truth, no truth whatever, to the widely circulated suspicions of immoral conduct that have been leveled at my behavior and hers regarding that evening. There has never been a private relationship between us of any kind. I know of nothing in Mary Jo's conduct on that or any other occasion — and the same is true of the other girls at that party — that would lend any substance to such ugly speculation about their character.

Nor was I driving under the influence of liquor.

Little over one mile away, the car that I was driving on an unlit road went off a narrow bridge which had no guard rails and was built on a left angle to the road. The car overturned in a deep pond and immediately filled with water. I remember thinking as the cold water rushed in around my head that I was for certain drowning. Then water entered my lungs and I actual felt the sensation of drowning. But somehow I struggled to the surface alive.

I made immediate and repeated efforts to save Mary Jo by diving into the strong and murky current, but succeeded only in increasing my state of utter exhaustion and alarm. My conduct and conversations during the next several hours, to the extent that I can remember them, make no sense to me at all.

Although my doctors informed me that I suffered a cerebral concussion, as well as shock, I do not seek to escape responsibility for my actions by placing the blame either on the physical and emotional trauma brought on by the accident, or on anyone else. I regard as indefensible the fact that I did not report the accident to the police immediately.

Instead of looking directly for a telephone after lying exhausted in the grass for an undetermined time, I walked back to the cottage where the party was being held and requested the help of two friends, my cousin, Joseph Gargan and Phil Markham, and directed them to return immediately to the scene with me — this was sometime after midnight — in order to undertake a new effort to dive down and locate Miss Kopechne. Their strenuous efforts, undertaken at some risk to their own lives, also proved futile.

All kinds of scrambled thoughts — all of them confused, some of them irrational, many of them which I cannot recall, and some of which I would not have seriously entertained under normal circumstances — went through my mind during this period. They were reflected in the various inexplicable, inconsistent, and inconclusive things I said and did, including such questions as whether the girl might still be alive somewhere out of that immediate area, whether some awful curse did actually hang over all the Kennedys, whether there was some justifiable reason for me to doubt what had happened and to delay my report, whether somehow the awful weight of this incredible incident might in some way pass from my shoulders. I was overcome, I'm frank to say, by a jumble of emotions: grief, fear, doubt, exhaustion, panic, confusion, and shock.

Instructing Gargan and Markham not to alarm Mary Jo's friends that night, I had them take me to the ferry crossing. The ferry having shut down for the night, I suddenly jumped into the water and impulsively swam across, nearly drowning once again in the effort, and returned to my hotel about 2 a.m. and collapsed in my room.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: chappaquiddick; kennedy; kopechne; liar; statement; tedkennedy; transcript
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To: freekitty

“Nor was I driving under the influence of liquor”

Hey fellas, sure i’d love to knock back a couple of highballs with you, but tonight I’m driving everyone home!

Yeah, right.

And another thing, why didn’t Ted grab skinny Mary Jo and push her out the window first, then follow her out?


21 posted on 08/26/2009 8:32:13 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Blue Jays

Of course.


22 posted on 08/26/2009 8:32:18 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Chet 99

The two co-conspirators who helped him that night should have been prosecuted along with him.


23 posted on 08/26/2009 8:32:43 PM PDT by Mjaye
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To: Chet 99

Wasnt she pregnant ???

Plus nice girls dont hang around the Kennedys


24 posted on 08/26/2009 8:34:44 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Forget about Kennedy, you should be more concerned about the coming of the second American Revolution. Watch this video. Relax and enjoy!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hFiab7fjak


25 posted on 08/26/2009 8:35:02 PM PDT by patrioticfun
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To: Chet 99

Has his son Patrick, the drug addicted Congressman been cleared to attend the funeral. Or is he only allowed to leave rehab to vote on our future.


26 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:16 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Chet 99

Yeah , no booze no drugs , yada yada yada yada ,,,,


27 posted on 08/26/2009 8:41:22 PM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: Chet 99

According to my calculation Me. E broke 2 commandments and is now residing in the hot place.


28 posted on 08/26/2009 8:45:57 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Loud Mime

I have a strong feeling that when the Big Roll Call is made old Ted is going to miss that cold water rolling in around his head in a place where he has no money or clout.


29 posted on 08/26/2009 8:54:37 PM PDT by Macgedos
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To: Chet 99

What’s even more incredible is that so many sheeple actually bought this load of horse manure.


30 posted on 08/26/2009 8:56:21 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (That smell of death...be seeing ya big casino)
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To: Chet 99

National Lampoons great ad:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexdroog70/2701038371/


31 posted on 08/26/2009 9:06:52 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: Chet 99
It depends on what the meaning of the word "swim" is.

NO cheers, unfortunately.

32 posted on 08/26/2009 9:10:23 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: patrioticfun

http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html?maven_referralObject=8661920&maven_referralPlaylistId=&sRevUrl=http://www.foxnews.com/glennbeck/index.html

Then watch this!!!


33 posted on 08/26/2009 9:44:43 PM PDT by danamco
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

lol! and like the one about clinton...the guy who was the most powerful man on earth, the man with his finger on the nuclear ‘button’, and all he rated was......................a damn SPITTER!!!!!!


34 posted on 08/26/2009 10:32:33 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: patrioticfun

looking at your (short) posting history you have put that up a few times tonite. we get the message.


35 posted on 08/26/2009 10:38:56 PM PDT by bobby.223
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