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Bio: Mary Jo Kopechne
Findagrave.com ^ | Kit and Morgan Benson

Posted on 08/29/2009 3:09:07 PM PDT by ETL

Birth: Jul. 26, 1940
Death: Jul. 19, 1969

Teacher and Administrator, she is most remembered for her controversial death in an automobile accident with Senator Edward Kennedy; the resulting political scandal caused Kennedy to reverse his decision to run for the US Presidency. Born in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, she was the only child of insurance salesman Joseph and Gwen Kopechne. After graduating from Caldwell College, New Jersey, she taught at Montgomery Catholic High School in Montgomery, Alabama, and then moved to Washington DC to work as a secretary for Florida Senator George Smathers. Shortly afterwards, she went to work as a secretary for New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy following his election in 1964. After Senator Robert F. Kennedy's death in 1968, she moved to Matt Reese Associates, a Washington DC firm that helped politicians establish campaign headquarters, and it was there she met Senator Edward Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's younger brother.

On the evening of July 18, 1969, she attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island, near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in honor of the "Boiler Room Girls," a name given to the six young women who had helped the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign, and who had closed up his files after his assassination in June 1968. All six of the women were single, and the six men in attendance were all married but present without their wives, and the attendees gathered for a late night party at the Lawrence Cottage, rented by Joe Gargan for the occasion.

Late that evening (the exact time is in dispute), Kennedy offered to drive Kopechne back to her hotel at the Katama Shores Motor Inn in Edgartown, and later claimed that he mistakenly took a wrong, right turn onto Dyke Road, a dirt road leading to a beach about a mile down the road, instead of turning left onto the paved Chappaquiddick Road leading to the ferryboat which they would need to use to go to Kopechne's motel.

A half-mile down Dyke Road, Kennedy drove off the side of the Dyke Bridge, and the car overturned into Poucha Pond. Kennedy got out of the overturned car, but Kopechne failed to exit the car and died. Kopechne's body was recovered later that morning; the diver reporting that Kopechne had positioned herself near the back seat wheel well where an air pocket had formed, and had apparently suffocated rather than drowned. Her parents ruled out an autopsy, so the cause of death was never officially determined.

Senator Kennedy later pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury, for which he received a two-month suspended sentence and one year probation. Kopechne's death and Kennedy's failure to properly deal with the accident, along with numerous discrepancies in his account of what happened, damaged his reputation and is regarded by many as the major reason that he decided to cancel his run for the presidency in 1972 and subsequent years.

Kopechne's funeral was held on July 22, 1969, at St. Vincent's Roman Catholic Church in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, and she was buried in the parish cemetery there.

(bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson)

Burial:
Saint Vincents Cemetery
Larksville
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA


The new family tombstone, erected after the death of Mary Jo's mother in December, 2007.
Added by: Geoff Wilson, 9/04/2008

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4569


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chappaquiddick; ghosts; maryjokopechne; tedkennedy; waterdog
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1 posted on 08/29/2009 3:09:08 PM PDT by ETL
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Kennedy 'joked about Chappaquiddick'
Biographer reveals deadly incident was a 'favorite topic of humor'

August 28, 2009

"Edward Klein, speaking to WAMU guest host Katty Kay, said one of Kennedy's 'favorite topics of humor was, indeed, Chappaquiddick.'

"He would ask people, 'Have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?' said Klein, a former Newsweek foreign editor and former editor in chief of the New York Times Magazine."

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=108256
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YouTube video: Kennedy liked to joke about Chappaquiddick?

"This isn't an accusation from Ted Kennedy's political opponents, but a nostalgic remembrance by one of his friends. Ed Klein, former Newsweek editor, tells the Diane Rehm Show:

"I dont know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick? That is just the most amazing thing. Its not that he didnt feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CaiTipTtbak

2 posted on 08/29/2009 3:11:24 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
I wonder if he made a joke about her at the Pearly Gates?
3 posted on 08/29/2009 3:12:06 PM PDT by GregB (let me be the first to congratulate President Palin on becoming President Of The U. S.)
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To: ETL

I mentioned Mary Jo to my 27 and 30 year old sons. They were completely clueless. Never knew about what Kennedy did. I just assumed they did...I was shocked.


4 posted on 08/29/2009 3:12:41 PM PDT by Kimberly GG
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To: GregB

Most likely at the gates of the other place.


5 posted on 08/29/2009 3:14:31 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: ETL
her controversial death

What does that even mean?

6 posted on 08/29/2009 3:15:50 PM PDT by svcw (Legalism reinforces self-righteousness - it communicates to you the good news of your own goodness)
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To: ETL

Interesting that she worked for Senator Smathers who was very conservative then for Robert Kennedy who was really liberal.


7 posted on 08/29/2009 3:19:08 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: ETL
True Crime Magazine: The Bridge at Chappaquiddick


Click here for an audio of
John Farrar, the scuba diver who discovered Mary Jo Kopechne's body
, discusses the body, the political whitewash and the cover-up on the Howie Carr show.



Mary Jo's funeral:

Mr. and Mrs. Kopechne:



Click here to go to The Official Fatboy Ted Website, a large compendium of information about the incident at Chappaquiddick.


8 posted on 08/29/2009 3:21:12 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("A cultural problem cannot be solved with a political solution." -- Selwyn Duke)
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To: ETL

9 posted on 08/29/2009 3:22:49 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("A cultural problem cannot be solved with a political solution." -- Selwyn Duke)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the pics and link to a much more detailed account of the incident.


10 posted on 08/29/2009 3:22:59 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL


11 posted on 08/29/2009 3:24:26 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("A cultural problem cannot be solved with a political solution." -- Selwyn Duke)
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To: yarddog
Interesting that she worked for Senator Smathers who was very conservative then for Robert Kennedy who was really liberal.

Smathers was VERY close with JFK and the Kennedy's.

13 posted on 08/29/2009 3:28:20 PM PDT by ColdWater
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14 posted on 08/29/2009 3:28:48 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("A cultural problem cannot be solved with a political solution." -- Selwyn Duke)
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To: ETL

You are the linkmeister extraordinaire....


15 posted on 08/29/2009 3:30:34 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("A cultural problem cannot be solved with a political solution." -- Selwyn Duke)
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To: GregB

The joke was, there was a bridge into heaven and a ‘68 Oldsmobile pulled up to take him across...ooops


16 posted on 08/29/2009 3:30:51 PM PDT by 1000 silverlings (everything that deceives, also enchants: Plato)
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To: ETL

And I’ve always seen the ridiculous side of Edward Kennedy!


17 posted on 08/29/2009 3:32:14 PM PDT by Paperdoll (Tagline applied for)
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To: ETL

I don’t wish to be unjust to pigs, but Ted Kennedy was a swine. Mary Jo could have lived if that sociopath had just knocked on a few doors. Dizgusting.


18 posted on 08/29/2009 3:32:17 PM PDT by Havisham
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To: GregB
"I wonder if he made a joke about her at the Pearly Gates?

Nope. He didn't get anywhere near those pearly gates.

Maybe at the gates of hell though.

19 posted on 08/29/2009 3:33:07 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: Albion Wilde

Someone said on the Howie Carr show that someone erected a “Remember Mary Jo” banner recently but it got taken down...?


20 posted on 08/29/2009 3:33:34 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

(...in Rhode Island...)


21 posted on 08/29/2009 3:33:48 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: ColdWater

I had forgotten about that but you are right. Interestingly JFK would probably be considered fairly conservative today.


22 posted on 08/29/2009 3:36:52 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog
I had forgotten about that but you are right. Interestingly JFK would probably be considered fairly conservative today.

Rumor is that JFK was going to dump Johnson for Smathers. Not sure if it would have happened but Johnson feared Smathers.

23 posted on 08/29/2009 3:38:28 PM PDT by ColdWater
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"Kopechne, a former campaign worker for the late Sen. Bobby Kennedy, was one of six single women at a party with the married Ted Kennedy and several other married men. Kennedy said he was taking Kopechne back to the ferry landing for a return trip to Martha's Vineyard when he took a wrong turn and drove off a bridge. He managed to escape but left Kopechne behind and didn't report the accident until the next day when he saw police had discovered the body."

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=108256

24 posted on 08/29/2009 3:44:59 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: All

For the record, I didn’t post this in Breaking News. Someone else apparently moved it there afterward.


25 posted on 08/29/2009 3:47:19 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8

How is that "I went to Mass a lot" thingy going for you Senator?

26 posted on 08/29/2009 3:50:36 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Nathan Zachary

As Ted has found out, Hell doesn’t have gates,
just a slippery slope...


27 posted on 08/29/2009 3:50:53 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: ETL

No autopsy - is there any truth to the rumor she was pregnant, or was that the Marilyn Monroe rumor? So many women, so little time when one is a Kennedy...


28 posted on 08/29/2009 3:51:08 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: ETL; All
I ran across this at Ace's place:

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/291525.php


29 posted on 08/29/2009 3:51:17 PM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: ETL
mp3: Kennedy introduces 'Osama Obama'
30 posted on 08/29/2009 3:53:01 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out (click my name)
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To: ETL
Mary Jo's parents sure stood up for their daughter, didn't they.
31 posted on 08/29/2009 3:54:32 PM PDT by glock rocks (health care, gun safety and climate change are strawmen. It's all about CONTROL.)
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To: Paperdoll

There was another?


32 posted on 08/29/2009 3:56:20 PM PDT by glock rocks (health care, gun safety and climate change are strawmen. It's all about CONTROL.)
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To: Albion Wilde

That Kennedy got away with Mary Jo’s Murder is Horrible and Unforgivable!


33 posted on 08/29/2009 3:57:24 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (May GOD Continue to BLESS Our Great President George W. Bush!!)
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To: ETL

Rot in Hell Teddy. It’s where you belong.


35 posted on 08/29/2009 4:02:05 PM PDT by mojitojoe (Socialism is just the last “feel good” step on the path to Communism and its slavery. Lenin)
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To: ETL
May Mary Jo Kopechne RIP.

Just turned on Fox News. This deification of Teddy Kennedy on tv is reaching absurd levels. A disgusting display glorifying a truly despicable creature.

36 posted on 08/29/2009 4:02:27 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Lol! Thanks. I remember that. He probably had a few too many that day as well.


38 posted on 08/29/2009 4:04:02 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Nathan Zachary
I know we will all get judged but the gall of him making jokes about it.....The libs have no regards for life. If that had been a Conservative they would of been in jail a long time ago....
39 posted on 08/29/2009 4:07:37 PM PDT by GregB (let me be the first to congratulate President Palin on becoming President Of The U. S.)
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To: glock rocks
Mary Jo's parents sure stood up for their daughter, didn't they.

Did you link to the correct youtube video?

40 posted on 08/29/2009 4:07:51 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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Interesting fact: both of her parents lived to about 90 years old. So she may well have lived a long life also.


The new family tombstone, erected after the death of Mary Jo's mother in December, 2007.
Added by: Geoff Wilson, 9/04/2008

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=4569

41 posted on 08/29/2009 4:12:55 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ColdWater

Johnson was a jack%$!!!!!!!!!! I hope in hell he is in an outhouse and it gets bombed over and over and Ted Kennedy get driven over that bridge by Mary Joe!!!!


42 posted on 08/29/2009 4:14:29 PM PDT by GregB (let me be the first to congratulate President Palin on becoming President Of The U. S.)
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To: GregB

“I wonder if he made a joke about her at the Pearly Gates?”

Doubt he ever saw those gates ;0


43 posted on 08/29/2009 4:14:34 PM PDT by Lera
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To: ETL

Kennedy’s statement that he made a “wrong turn” onto Dyke Bridge road was probably the most unbelievable part of his story.

I have seen pictures of that tiny dirt road which turns off a highway. No one would ever have accidentally turned onto that road, especially someone like Kennedy who was totlly familiar with the area.


44 posted on 08/29/2009 4:18:25 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: ETL

whoa, the diver interviewed on the audio link was audited three times in the year after he went public with what he knew about this.


45 posted on 08/29/2009 4:19:07 PM PDT by Canedawg (FUBO)
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To: ETL
Kopechne's death and Kennedy's failure to properly deal with the accident, along with numerous discrepancies in his account of what happened, damaged his reputation and is regarded by many as the major reason that he decided to cancel his run for the presidency in 1972 and subsequent years.

Except that Kennedy did run in 1980 and thought about running again afterwards (see the KGB memo in 1983).

I'll never forget the lead up to Ted entering the race. All summer of 1980, the media ran polls showing Kennedy more popular than President Carter and literally insisted that he run. They were orgasmic when Kennedy decided to run.

Then Kennedy did an interview with Roger Mudd on "60 Minutes" where Mudd asked simply "Why do you want to be president?" It was a typical liberal softball question but Teddy fumbled his way through it so badly that the American public must have had a collective gasp. Heck, even "that Reagan" *knew* why he wanted to be president!

Then various media started re-examining Chappaquiddick and the more they tried to cover it (or spin it), the worse it looked for Teddy's campaign. Carter might be incompetant but at least he wasn't a murderer.

I think the party apparatus decided it would be fatal to try to replace a sitting president of their own party and rallied back around Carter who then lost to Reagan.

Yes, I think Chappaquiddick played a role but I also think Teddy was simply too liberal for even his own party to stomach outside the Northeast and the West Coast. Remember, not only was he never president, he was also never the party's nominee for president.

46 posted on 08/29/2009 4:22:10 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: ETL

47 posted on 08/29/2009 4:23:07 PM PDT by RightFighter (Sarah Palin - we love you and can't wait to see you again.)
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To: svcw
"What does that even mean? "

I was in radio at the time and I remember reading news stories about rumors that Mary Jo was pregnant, and of course kennedy was implicated as the father. However, as I remember it was a hurried funeral and no autopsy ever proved it one way or the other.

Another assumption was that kennedy was a well-known boozer and he was driving drunk, and needed time to "sober up" before contacting the police...so he claimed the "in shock" story.

it was a mess
48 posted on 08/29/2009 4:24:11 PM PDT by FrankR (We are only enslaved to the extent of charity we receive....INCUMBENTS OUT!!!)
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To: Albion Wilde


Whoa....I heard the water was shallow but had no idea. Ted must have really been in 'shock' not to help Mary Jo. /s
What a POS.
49 posted on 08/29/2009 4:25:09 PM PDT by Electric Graffiti (Yonder stands your orphan with his gun)
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To: ETL

Kennedy, a man of wealth and taste......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0iGenPD1B4


50 posted on 08/29/2009 4:26:25 PM PDT by ScreamingFist
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