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Grim fairy tale - JFK Jr., wife locked in bitter war over drugs and affairs, book says
NY Daily News ^ | 7/1/03 | David Goldiner

Posted on 07/01/2003 9:13:40 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband

Grim fairy tale

JFK Jr., wife locked in bitter war over drugs and affairs, book says

By DAVE GOLDINER DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy in 1998 JFK Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, were often seen strolling the street outside their Tribeca apartment. John F. Kennedy Jr.'s marriage to Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was crumbling amid suspicions of affairs, drugs and depression when the couple died in a plane crash, excerpts from a new book reveal.

The Camelot heir had moved out of the couple's loft and was living alone in a hotel room before the crash off Martha's Vineyard on July 16, 1999, Vanity Fair's Edward Klein writes in his new book, "The Kennedy Curse."

"We've become like total strangers," John told a pal two days before his death. "I've had it with her. It's got to stop. Otherwise, we're headed for divorce."

The feud culminated in a bizarre quarrel on the afternoon of the fateful flight, when Carolyn caused a crucial delay by insisting on having a time-consuming pedicure, Klein writes in the book, which is excerpted in the upcoming issue of Vanity Fair.

The willowy blond had her toenails painted again and again to get the precise shade of violet at a Manhattan salon as John, 38, fumed at a New Jersey airstrip with her sister, Lauren, 34, waiting to take off.

"The more times you call me, the longer it's going to take," Carolyn, 33, snapped on her cell phone, a hair stylist told Klein.

With daylight fading fast, John wound up flying virtually blind into the hazy dusk, which investigators blamed for the crash that killed all three.

'You're a cokehead!'

Arguing was nothing new for the troubled couple, who died two months short of their third anniversary.

Klein says they began marriage counseling, but Carolyn stormed out of a session after the therapist asked her about her alleged drug use.

John once returned to the couple's loft on N. Moore St. in Tribeca to find Carolyn snorting cocaine with a crowd of gay fashionistas, a witness told Klein.

"You're a cokehead," John screamed at his wife, according to the book, which is due out this month.

John had his heart set on starting a family, and even picked out a name for his future son: Flynn. But his wife rejected his pleas.

"I want to have kids, but whenever I raise the subject with Carolyn, she turns away and refuses to have sex with me," he told the friend.

Things got so bad that Lauren had to talk her sister and John into having lunch together two days before they died.

The warring couple sat in stony silence and only reluctantly agreed to Lauren's request that they all hold hands as a sign of reconciliation, Klein writes.

Lauren squeezed her sister's hand and urged her to overcome her fear of flying with John - and travel with him to Hyannis Port, Mass., for the wedding of his cousin Rory Kennedy. To clinch the date, Lauren offered to come along as far as Martha's Vineyard.

"Come on," Lauren told her sister. "It'll be fun."

Talk of infidelity

Even before their last weeks, the couple's marriage was fraught with enough issues to snap apart any relationship.

Carolyn, who Klein says showed signs of clinical depression, suspected her husband was fooling around with other women. She, in turn, occasionally told John that she was still sleeping with an ex-boyfriend, "Baywatch" hunk Michael Bergin.

She also fought with John's beloved sister, Caroline Kennedy, who made snide cracks about the fact that Carolyn showed up two hours late for the couple's dream wedding on Cumberland Island, an unspoiled paradise off the Georgia coast.

Caroline Kennedy declined comment yesterday.

John's penchant for flying and other risky hobbies also caused fights with Carolyn and his mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

He insisted on learning to fly anyway and wrote a chilling graduation note to his instructors at Flight Safety Academy in Vero Beach, Fla.: "People will only care where I got my training if I crash. Best, John Kennedy."


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KEYWORDS: adultery; drugs; kennedy; violence
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Also Michael Bergin in the Klein book says they carried on their affair while she was married to JFK jr.
1 posted on 07/01/2003 9:13:40 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: MeeknMing
gossip ping!
2 posted on 07/01/2003 9:14:12 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: PoisedWoman
ping
3 posted on 07/01/2003 9:14:37 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Another Kennedy scandal? What would we do without them?
4 posted on 07/01/2003 9:15:46 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Living History $1.00 at your local Dollar Store by December.)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
I do so love hearing about my "betters".
5 posted on 07/01/2003 9:16:31 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (I am not a prime demographic, I am a MAN!)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Trouble in Camelot? Gee,I find that hard to believe.

When will the books about this awful family stop?
6 posted on 07/01/2003 9:18:42 AM PDT by Mears
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
"You're a cokehead," John screamed at his wife, according to the book, which is due out this month.

What an idiot. He could have figured that out before he married her.

7 posted on 07/01/2003 9:18:51 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Go Al Go!)
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To: Mears
When *we* stop voting them in. Not that any FReepers would do that...but you know, the American people need to stop voting for these chiselers.
8 posted on 07/01/2003 9:20:13 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
If my memory serves me right...didn't Carolyn and Lauren's parents file some sort of 'wrongful death' lawsuit against the estate of JFK,Jr (alleging his incompetance as a pilot)? If so, and if it hasn't been litigated, could this 'tell all' be part of a bigger picture...you know discredit Carolyn Bissette Kennedy (a druggie, clinically depressed, risked their safety in flight to get that 'right' shade of lilac)...just wondering. Not that any well connected (in the literary world) Kennedy would do something like that...

Wasn't there 'dirt' circulated about Mary Jo Kopechne too?

9 posted on 07/01/2003 9:20:28 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Don't mess with a SCOWderPuffGirl!)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Actually I believe Caroline's mother started the suit and as far as I know it's been settled already. Kennedys settled out of court.

As far as Caroline Bessette-Kennedy, there was a lot of stuff printed about her when she was alive, and right after her death the coke stuff did come out, as well as other weird stuff about her cheating.

However that doesn't mean he didn't cheat. IIRC I believe Darryl Hannah had come back into his life before he died and CBK was not happy about that either.

Ah. The rich are so much different than you and I :)
10 posted on 07/01/2003 9:24:15 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
could this 'tell all' be part of a bigger picture...you know discredit Carolyn Bissette Kennedy (a druggie, clinically depressed, risked their safety in flight to get that 'right' shade of lilac.

There was more than enough bad judgement to go around. I personally refuse to fly as a passenger in any plane where there is not at least one pilot who has an instrument rating.

11 posted on 07/01/2003 9:24:58 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Go Al Go!)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Carolyn's family received a $14 or $15 million settlement.
12 posted on 07/01/2003 9:25:22 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
The rich are different...so true. The Kenendy's even more so...I remember the coke stories right after the accident too...and also the pregnancy rumors. I just seemed (to me) that this article represents the upcoming book as CBK being totally out of control and a monster and JFK,Jr being a loving, patient, victim...the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
13 posted on 07/01/2003 9:31:14 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Don't mess with a SCOWderPuffGirl!)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
With so MANY eligible and honorable women available to him, one has to wonder why he would choose this unbalanced b!tch.
14 posted on 07/01/2003 9:33:18 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( "Aspire to mediocracy"................new motto for publik skools.............)
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To: sarasota
So (IMO) maybe the book is a little 'payback' towards the Bissettes for daring to sue 'Camelot, Jr.' Kinda, they took 'our' money...we'll take their daughter's reputation (somebody other than a Kennedy always has to take the blame...) I guess the crash will ultimately be blamed on some hapless nail technician in a Manhattan salon.
15 posted on 07/01/2003 9:35:15 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Don't mess with a SCOWderPuffGirl!)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
John once returned to the couple's loft on N. Moore St. in Tribeca to find Carolyn snorting cocaine with a crowd of gay fashionistas, a witness told Klein.

There's a reason for the phrase "cocaine skinny". No one can wear the clothes these "gay fashionistas" churn out except "cocaine skinny" women like Carolyn.

16 posted on 07/01/2003 9:39:02 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (successful, educated unauthentic latina--in Patrick Leahy's eyes, at least)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
Not that I don't think the Kennedys would do that, but imho, as a follower of gossip, Bessette was a nasty, mean woman BEFORE the plane went down.

I don't think it's her fault the plane went down either. But there were confirmed marital difficulties waaaaay before that happened.

Bessette was manipulative and if you ever saw pix of her (think lollipop head) she was very very thin and never looked happy with him. Never. Not even her wedding pix.

I don't know why he married her except he loved her. We all know cases of a nice guy married to a horrible bitch. Or a woman with a lazy weird or mean husband.

Bergin is relatively famous so I don't think he would lie.

17 posted on 07/01/2003 9:43:26 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
What is worse? Kennedy crap or Clinton crap?
18 posted on 07/01/2003 9:45:11 AM PDT by ardara
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To: hispanarepublicana
Well. Except for Ann. But Ann really is naturally skinny (hs photos show this).

Bessette was never that thin in HS.

BTW, I wouldn't mind having Ann's figure! Then I could wear those gorgeous clothes!!!
19 posted on 07/01/2003 9:45:15 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
You read my mind! I thought the same thing about the blame game.
20 posted on 07/01/2003 9:46:45 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Who is this Klein fellow and where would he get inside information?

My sociology professor used to say that the type of person we marry (or believe we married) reveals a great deal about ourselves.

21 posted on 07/01/2003 9:53:49 AM PDT by Dante3 (.)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Had John John run for the NY senate
would Hillary have her launching pad for the oval office?
22 posted on 07/01/2003 9:57:50 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Dante3
Psychologically we are supposed to marry our moms in personality. Luckily I didn't :)

23 posted on 07/01/2003 9:58:56 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Don't forget FReepers:

July 18, 1969

The day Ted killed Mary Jo. 17 days to go to the anniversary.

24 posted on 07/01/2003 10:02:02 AM PDT by spald
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To: Mears
Ted, now in charge of the family's diluted trust fund, may have backed this book as a way to lower the huge wrongful death settlement owed the Bissettes. Settlement is coming up.
25 posted on 07/01/2003 10:03:32 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
"Also Michael Bergin in the Klein book says they carried on their affair while she was married to JFK jr."

So typical of the liberal elitists.
26 posted on 07/01/2003 10:04:45 AM PDT by ought-six
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To: Paleo Conservative
My thoughts exactly.
27 posted on 07/01/2003 10:11:43 AM PDT by smiley
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Never, never, never let any Kennedy drive any sort of vehicle.

The only reason Ted Kennedy and his congenitally moronic son, Patrick Kennedy, are still alive is that they are too stupid even to Darwinize themselves, although it is not from lack of trying.........

28 posted on 07/01/2003 10:58:41 AM PDT by SpinyNorman
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
The sister, Lauren, sounded very sweet. Too bad she got on that plane.
29 posted on 07/01/2003 11:01:23 AM PDT by truthkeeper
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Gossip to keep the phony "Camelot" in the news. Some people work very hard to keep the Kennedys connected to the idea of Camelot in the press. Wish they'd stop, die, bury and forget this atrocious, phony scam of an idea.
30 posted on 07/01/2003 11:11:38 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Psychologically we are supposed to marry our moms in personality. Luckily I didn't :)

This is true. I think in JFK jr's case though, he may have married his father. Nevermind that he never knew him, these wierd things happen. I always liked JFK jr. He and Caroline seemed more sensible and well grounded than the rest of them.

31 posted on 07/01/2003 11:18:35 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (America...love it or leave it. Canada is due north-Mexico is directly south...start walking.)
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To: SpinyNorman
"Never, never, never let any Kennedy drive any sort of vehicle. The only reason Ted Kennedy and his congenitally moronic son, Patrick Kennedy, are still alive is that they are too stupid even to Darwinize themselves, although it is not from lack of trying......... "

Spiny, your post really cracked (no pun intended) me up! Clever, right on and funny!

32 posted on 07/01/2003 11:42:54 AM PDT by albee
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
You are correct. She filed demanded a settlement (Caroline and Teddy wanted to give the mother pennies for her the death of 2 of her 3 daughers) and she refused to buckle.

She filed papers to extend the statute of limitations for the wrongful death lawsuit (apparently the crash investigation point to negligence on John's part) and a settlement was reached - last I heard.

Now I would bet dollars to donuts the settlement had a gag order attached. Hence the book.

And if you think JFK, Jr. was a saint, I've got a bridge to sell you in Manhatan.

Everyone raise their hand who thinks Caroline is planning a run for office of some type, and this is milking the "poor Kennedy" card for all it's worth? Not unlike Shrew Clinton.
33 posted on 07/01/2003 11:47:24 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: EggsAckley
Did you ever stop to consider it may have been arranged?
34 posted on 07/01/2003 11:48:30 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: ought-six
And who did Junior sleep with?

C'mon. We know he did.
35 posted on 07/01/2003 11:49:48 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Thanks for the post and ping.
This is the John Kennedy, Jr. I always think about:


36 posted on 07/01/2003 12:22:38 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
A kennedy / Coumo separation, and now this. What's next...a Ted Kennedy auto biographical confession of his murder of Mary Jo?
37 posted on 07/01/2003 12:28:12 PM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: EggsAckley
"With so MANY eligible and honorable women available to him, one has to wonder why he would choose this unbalanced b!tch."

I agree completely. She did not appear to be wholesome....something was just not right with her.
38 posted on 07/01/2003 12:58:14 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
We all know cases of a nice guy married to a horrible bitch.

Know it??? I'm living it!!!! dead

39 posted on 07/01/2003 1:59:14 PM PDT by Dr._Joseph_Warren
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To: Dr._Joseph_Warren
Sir. I am. Sorry.

I don't believe in divorce..but in your case....?

My brother. He married. A. Horrible. Adulterous. B....

Glad he's divorced. Now.

My case is different. I married. Only. The. Best.
40 posted on 07/01/2003 2:04:02 PM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
In another book, I think it's titled "American Son" (I am too lazy to look for it), the author wrote that Carolyn "starved herself reed thin." Some diet: cocaine.
41 posted on 07/01/2003 2:17:14 PM PDT by onyx (Name an honest democrat? I can't either!)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
NOBODY is naturally that skinny in their thirties. Coulter has an eating disorder IMO.

Interesting, provocative writer. But she's looking at a serious health issue if she doesn't start eating normally.
42 posted on 07/01/2003 2:21:55 PM PDT by kms61
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To: TheSpottedOwl
I think they were so well grounded by Jackie's influence...say what you will, but she really kept them out of the spotlight (the Onasisis fortune sure helped). With both JFK,Jr and Jackie gone...I think Caroline Kennedy Schlossburg is going more 'Kennedy.' I think Jackie distanced herself (and her kids) from the 'clan' after RFK died.
43 posted on 07/01/2003 9:46:56 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Don't mess with a SCOWderPuffGirl!)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
Where did you hear about Darryl Hannah and JFK again? I wonder if that is in the book?
44 posted on 07/01/2003 9:48:57 PM PDT by ladyinred (The left have blood on their hands.)
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To: kms61
I am going to put on my flame retardant jammies...but I agree with you. I know that Ann is a heavy smoker, and has never had a child (or two) and that makes a big difference...but still, physiology (for women at least) does take over and the closer that the 'change' comes the more the pounds go on. Perimenopause can rear its ugly head in the late twenties...If she doesn't have an outright eating disorder, I would guess she has serious issues with food.
45 posted on 07/01/2003 9:51:28 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Don't mess with a SCOWderPuffGirl!)
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
My first reaction is not to believe this. None of these three people are here to refute any of this.
46 posted on 07/01/2003 9:59:49 PM PDT by It's me
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To: ladyinred
I don't know if that's in the book. But I do remember photos of Hannah with him right before he died in the tabloids. And, then there's the issue of the fact that he was living in a hotel away from his wife before he died.

Supposedly Hannah had been visiting him there.

Other rumors were about him and one of his female staffers.
47 posted on 07/01/2003 11:38:00 PM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
If my memory serves me right...didn't Carolyn and Lauren's parents file some sort of 'wrongful death' lawsuit against the estate of JFK,Jr (alleging his incompetance as a pilot)? If so, and if it hasn't been litigated, could this 'tell all' be part of a bigger picture...you know discredit Carolyn Bissette Kennedy (a druggie, clinically depressed, risked their safety in flight to get that 'right' shade of lilac)...just wondering. Not that any well connected (in the literary world) Kennedy would do something like that...

Yes there was, but I forget what happened with it

There may well have been trouble in their marriage .. but I can't help get the feeling this is to trash Carolyn big time

48 posted on 07/01/2003 11:46:45 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: I_Love_My_Husband
However that doesn't mean he didn't cheat. IIRC I believe Darryl Hannah had come back into his life before he died and CBK was not happy about that either.

Wasn't that story/gassip because of a fight Darryl Hannah got into with a boyfriend .. for some reason I recall something about Hannah getting a black eye

Also .. wasn't it reported around the time of the crash, the it was Lauren that was late getting to the airport?

49 posted on 07/01/2003 11:55:30 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: Mo1
No.

Jackson Browne gave Darryl a black eye and hospitalized her years and years before. Darryl had been seeing JFK Jr. AND JB and had been living with JB.

When JB assaulted her she left him for good and ran straight to JFK Jr. who seemed to really love her.

However, Jackie didn't want JFK Jr. to marry DH at all. The tabloids speculated "too much like Marilyn". IIRC she didn't like Madonna hanging out with JFK Jr. either. Same reason. She didn't want the wife of a potential political superstar to be a lowly actress.

He didn't get married till after his mother had passed.

He chose CB.

I think his marriage was seriously falling apart for several reasons. He wanted children. She didn't. She was a drug freak. She called him "fag"(!) derogatorily in fights with him, which there were a lot of. The book goes into the fact that she hit him and threw things.

He was not a saint, but seemed to be, to me, a little distant from some of the scandals of his family. He wasn't the brightest. He wrote a pretty scathing article about his cousin, who after the article, was killed in a ski accident by crashing into a tree. This was the cousin who was married to Frank Gifford's daughter, who had been having an affair with the babysitter. The weird thing about that case is the babysitter's mother supposedly killed herself(!).

But since it's a Kennedy scandal, you never know if she was murdered.

Anyways, back to what you asked. DH did not go back to JFK Jr. when he was married after getting a black eye.

I'm not sure she was having an affair with him at the end, but they were very chummy. He probably should have married her rather than CB. He didn't have a stormy relationship with DH, only with CB.

Oh well. Rest in peace...all of them.



50 posted on 07/02/2003 12:31:53 AM PDT by I_Love_My_Husband
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