Skip to comments.Rewriting History on Kennedy's Chappaquiddick Accident
Posted on 08/30/2010 2:43:40 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
For many, the name Chappaquiddick conjures images of a drunken Sen. Edward Kennedy hitting on Mary Jo Kopechne in his Oldsmobile, losing control, and plunging into the water of Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island, adjacent to Martha's Vineyard where President Obama was vacationing. Kopechne, a family friend, drowned; and Teddy fumbled for excuses about what happened.
Now, a year after Kennedy died, his lifelong biographer Burton Hersh, armed with fresh interviews with Kennedy's mistress at the time, tells Whispers that the whole July 1969 episode should have been handled as a simple crash, leaving the senator's legacy untainted. "It was a car accident," he says. "Ted was a terrible driver. He never paid much attention to where he was going."
"He took a tremendous blow on the head," says Hersh. In interviews following the crash, Kennedy displayed confusion and amnesia, he says.
"If the thing had been handled properly, the first thing they would have done is put him in a hospital. Then they would have said he was a victim of an auto accident and didn't know what he was doing and couldn't be held responsible for anything that happened really after that, which would have been a fair explanation," says author-journalist Hersh, who knew Kennedy since they were classmates at Harvard. "But instead, he felt terribly guilty about the whole thing ... tried to take responsibility and ... just confused the issue."
In Edward Kennedy: An Intimate Biography, Hersh adds some new details about the episode from Helga Wagner, Kennedy's then-girlfriend and "the love of [his] life," at least until he married his second wife, Victoria.
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So poor Teddy got a bump on the head and wasn’t responsible for his actions afterward? But then, being the upstanding moral person that he is, he felt guilty and took responsibility. And that opened the door for those nasty conservatives to attack him ever since. Oh, the poor martyred saint!!
Fortunately there's enough evidence and witnesses around to refute Hersch's absurd claims. If he had sustained a bump on the head, hard enough to cause a concussion and/or bruising, why no bandages around the head of ole Teddy after the accident?
That would have been played to the hilt if that were the case.
Scrub, scrub, scrub. Sorry. Too late. Story is etched in stone in the brain of 90 percent of the population. He “was a bad driver” is not an excuse for leaving that woman to die in his car. This is not 1970 and the Kennedys can no longer buy off the media.
History revisionism is alive and well.
“Ted was a terrible driver. He never paid much attention to where he was going.”
Same for his political career.....
“He took a tremendous blow on the head,” says Hersh. In interviews following the crash, Kennedy displayed confusion and amnesia, he says.
Man! The comment I could make. But it’s distasteful and disrepectful of Mary Jo.
Better leave it unsaid.
Moronic mental gymnastics.
This is truly what they believe: Power entitlement. Treat yourself well and to hell with the peons...they are there for your amusement.
You belong to history and deserve a legacy - so make one up.
Always dreaming up new ways to weasel out of responsibility.
The Kennedy family has always been a group of disreputable vermin. Let the historians try to whitewash this. There are those of us who remember.
Ted and his handlers were guilty of criminal conspiracy in not coming to the aid of his passenger or notifying authorities in a timely manner.
Deal with it.
Ted also boasted of numerous affairs near the time of his death.
Deal with it.
Mary Jo was an only child.
The body and the car were found in a tidal channel on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, on the morning of July 19, 1969. After the discovery, Kennedy gave a statement to police saying that on the previous night Kopechne was his passenger when he took a wrong turn and accidentally drove his car off a bridge into the water. After pleading guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury, he received a suspended sentence.
Bump on the head, that no one ever saw made him wait ALL NIGHT. Not.
Two facts they can NEVER change
One, he was a drunk and two, he was a spineless murderer.
Seymour Hersh? He is a far-Left lunatic like Howard Zinn, trying to re-write history to un-defile the Communists losers.
Glad you fixed that!
And here it begins, the re-writing of the history to clear the name of one of the anointed ones from America’s Camelot.
I still think he was just a fat a$$ drunk that got away with killing the poor girl but money covered it. He went on to help tear America apart. That’s the real legacy.
Teddy drove our Congress as well as he drove that Oldsmobile!
Yes, enough so that he spent the next 12 hours with his handler/lawyer concocting his story. A sick piece of shit whose legacy need not be renovated, period, if you ask me.
By the way, Ted, congratulations on the year of sobriety!
The story reads like satire.
What’s this scribe’s excuse for Ted Kennedy communicating with the Soviets (including KGB) to undermine Ronald Reagan’s administration?
I'm sure that's what Ol' Burt meant to say. I was just helping him along.
That's about as phoney as a Chappaquiddick neck-brace.
Leaving the scene of an accident and not reporting it for 10 hours was no simple crash, the drunkard kennedy made sure of that.
Just another leftist who doesn’t value his own credibility.
When it mattered most, he ran, and left a woman to die.
Burn in Hell Senator Kennedy.
Take out Chappaquiddick and you still have his extreme left wing commie loving US Republic hating voting record, so take out Chappaquiddick who cares, let’s focus on his selling the Republic down the drain.
Kennedy did not even go to several houses that were a short walking distance away. There were people at home in those houses. He did not seek help for a woman in danger, which is something that everyone would do. And no he wasn’t hit on the head, he wasn’t taken to the hospital and there wasn’t a visible scratch on him. If had been hit on the head, the Kennedy people would have been shouting that all over the place as it would have been the perfect excuse for his bizarre behavior.
Kopechne was a “family friend?” Who knew!
I suppose that means Bobby...never mind.
As for a knock on the noggin leaving him senseless, Ted had the presence of mind to try to get someone else to take the blame; to build an alibi; to swim back to his hotel and pretend nothing had happened. His brain miraculously recovered when he learned that the cops had found the car.
But the testimony of a mistress should not be open to skeptical inquiry, eh? I’m sure she’s as authentic as Helga R. Hughes.
I have no doubt this was nothing but an accident. But his actions AFTERWARDS are what kills me.
He left the scene. He tried to get another lawyer to take the blame. He lied agbout it. HIs first reaction was to try to weasel his way out of it.
By some reports the woman was alive for 45 minuts, in less than 5 feet of water. He could have saved her and been a hero- instead he was a coward and slime ball, who is probably nice and toasty in his new home.
Burning in Hell Senator Kennedy.
The definitive story of Chappaquiddick has already been written by Leo Damore. “Senatorial Privilege” basically uncovers every detail simply because he was able to get one of the Kennedy family who was there to talk and tell what really happened.
Except for several things...
Teddy didn’t wander mindlessly around the countryside. He had the presence of mind to escape the car immediately. He walked home. He didn’t call anyone for ten to twelve hours. He didn’t get help for Mary Joe. He just stayed home until, of all things, he sobered up.
I don’t much care if the guy was having an affair, and I’m not trying to besmirch Mary Joe.
What I am saying, is that failing anything else, this man is the biggest asshole on record in Mass., considering he would have rather let some girl drown than expose himself as a drunken driver that may have put her life in danger.
Then he had to deal with the fact that he was more interested in keeping his nose clean, than keeping her alive.
The Kennedy family... what a pack of bottom-feeding losers.
Those who enable them and cover for them are second only to them, as the worst our nation has to offer.
Yeah, some amnesia and confusion that he was able to get from Chappy to Edgartown. That’s a pretty good swim.
Now that’s funny.
While the Tedster was trying to get his story together, Mary-Jo had her head up in the remaining air pocket hoping for a rescue that never came.
Accident? I call it negligent homicide.
Uh, right. He couldn't go to the hospital until his blood alcohol level returned to normal .. which is why he didn't go.
So as not to be totally negative in this post, I want to applaud Teddy for qualifying for his One Year Pin last week - alcohol free for a year, way to go Teddy!!!!
Investigators found it difficult to understand why he was crossing Dyke Bridge when he said he was attempting to reach Edgartown which was in the opposite direction. They also could not understand why he was driving so fast on this unlit, uneven, road. They also could not work out how Kennedy escaped from the car. When it was recovered from the water all the doors were locked. Three of the windows were either open or smashed in. If Kennedy, a large-framed 6 foot 2 inches tall man could manage to get out of the car, why was it impossible for Kopechne, a slender 5 foot 2 inches tall, not do the same?
Local experts could not understand why Kennedy (and later, Markham and Gargan) could not rescue Kopechne from the car. It also surprised investigators that Kennedy did not seek help from Pierre Malm, who only lived 135 metres from the bridge. At the inquest Kennedy was unable to answer this question.
There were also doubts about the way Mary Jo Kopechne died. Dr. Donald Mills of Edgartown, wrote on the death certificate: "death by drowning". However, Gene Frieh, the undertaker, told reporters that death "was due to suffocation rather than drowning". John Farrar, the diver who removed Kopechne from the car, claimed she was "too buoyant to be full of water". It is assumed that she died from drowning, although her parents filed a petition preventing an autopsy.