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Photos: On this day – July 18, 1969 –
Senator Ted Kennedy drives off a
Chappaquiddick bridge killing
Mary Jo Kopechne

New Haven Register, by vwilliams

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Posted By:Halfvast Conspirator, 7/18/2013 2:14:42 PM

On this day – July 18, 1969 – After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a bridge and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, dies. Events at Chappaquiddick Island gained international attention on July 18, 1969, when the dead body of Mary Jo Kopechne was discovered inside an overturned car in a channel on the island. The car belonged to Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, who did not report the midnight incident to police authorities until the following morning.

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Apologies to "STAFF" as I am probably violating all kinds of site rules, posting a year-old article, but I could find no other article today "commemorating" Teddie´s little incident on this day in 1969. But take solace in the fact that he has been sober for nearly 4 years now. The "Lion of the Senate" to be sure....

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 7/18/2013 2:25:22 PM     (No. 9430607)

I´m betting he´s wishing he had about a 1000 gallons of Chivas about now. It would have to be neat though, no ice where he is according to Dante.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/18/2013 2:26:13 PM     (No. 9430609)

Thanks for posting. I will use this anniversary to thank the voters of Ma. for returning that coward to the US senate through numerous elections after he ran away to let this poor lady die.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MONEY MAN, 7/18/2013 2:28:32 PM     (No. 9430611)

Kind of HOT, eh Teddy ?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: schnapps, 7/18/2013 2:38:27 PM     (No. 9430621)

Sad. The wrong person died that day.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/18/2013 2:39:55 PM     (No. 9430623)

And the man who did this had the nerve to name his Portuguese Water Dog "Splash."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: jackson, 7/18/2013 2:41:12 PM     (No. 9430628)

Nixon was the bad guy. The "Lion" of the Senate is still extolled by the likes of Hatch. Sickening! And shows how nothing has changed.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Spit the bit, 7/18/2013 2:41:19 PM     (No. 9430629)

Ted now begs for water. Oh, the irony.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/18/2013 2:41:36 PM     (No. 9430632)

Warren & Markey. Not much has changed in Massachusetts in the past 44 years.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 7/18/2013 2:44:03 PM     (No. 9430636)

Interesting pictures. Odd that Joan wore all white to the funeral service.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: The Advocate, 7/18/2013 2:47:39 PM     (No. 9430646)

Sturgis told a friend that this was a Cuban hit.
Teddy fled after seeing them and driving into the water.
Mary Jo was allowed to suffocate because of his cowardly actions.
All he had to do was call the police and she might have been saved.
The Bay of Pigs was Kennedy´s disgrace.
The Cuban a missile crisis another failure.
Why are the Kennedy´s not hiding in shame instead of having Libraries and Eternal Flames?
Actually, they probably are in Eternal Flames-eventually.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Seething Citizen, 7/18/2013 2:49:52 PM     (No. 9430651)

The Swimmer was a curse on our nation. And don´t forget his shepherding through the 1965 Immigration Reform Act, which was one of, if not the greatest harm ever done to our nation.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 7/18/2013 2:53:57 PM     (No. 9430654)

IMO, this is the moment that the Dem party went off the rails. Teddy suffered no negative consequences for his action from the other Senators or the people of MA, so the likes of Clinton saw that as a green light to do what he did and the current administration is Clinton on steroids.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Rafter, 7/18/2013 3:01:22 PM     (No. 9430668)

Very interesting photos... thank you for posting.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Whitty, 7/18/2013 3:04:37 PM     (No. 9430671)

I lived in Massachusetts through the Kennedy "tragedy" that should have ended his political career. I never believed he could be re-elected after the scandal. I was so naive. The family friends and handlers came forward solemnly to state that the real tragedy would be if this horrible accident were to prevent a fine young man like Teddy from continuing to serve his country in the US Senate. "Let´s rally behind Teddy and encourage him to put this awful event behind him and blah, blah, blah." And look what we got! Yeah!

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tenncon231, 7/18/2013 3:25:20 PM     (No. 9430699)

Love the report under the photos--almost every one drives home the story of the accident " Miss Kopechne was killed when car driven by Sen. Kennedy plunged into a salt water pond in Massachusetts last Saturday. (AP Photo)"

Reminds me that john f kerry, who served in Vietnam, etc etc!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: horacer, 7/18/2013 3:29:13 PM     (No. 9430706)

I saved all the papers from the Apollo 11 mission. It kept this story off the front page. Everything was on A2 or A3 and it was never Senator Kennedy, it was Ted or Teddy. We´re with you Ted crowd says as he leaves Mass. It´s pretty sickening to read. He should have gone to jail. RIP Mary Jo.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 7/18/2013 3:33:02 PM     (No. 9430710)

I thought it was a murder not a killing but what do I know.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: crimea river, 7/18/2013 3:35:14 PM     (No. 9430714)

Methinks Joan is rebelling by not wearing black. She sure cannot be pleased with the course of events. I guess Teddy told her he would be working late that night.


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Reply 19 - Posted by: kanphil, 7/18/2013 3:38:12 PM     (No. 9430717)

Rush reported today that "the bridge" had been torn down by the Massachusetts officials as they didn´t want it to serve as a source of embarrassment to the Kennedy family. Dear Lord!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: klezmer, 7/18/2013 3:38:37 PM     (No. 9430718)

And then he went on to spend the next 40+ years as a United States Senator. Is this a great country or what?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: VAPMAN, 7/18/2013 3:39:01 PM     (No. 9430719)

I think that neck brace may have given Kennedy his brain tumor.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 7/18/2013 3:41:07 PM     (No. 9430722)

I was just out of Junior High when this happened & did not know some these details. What strikes me is the pic #29 of five young women witnesses who are returning to the airport because their chartered plane was deemed disabled! Did they narrowly miss a fate Ron Brown did not?

And that Mary Jo´s parents had to petition to get their daughter´s body exhumed in order to (I assume) determine if there was water in her lungs?? Were they conned at first or what?

And that at the funeral, Teddy the Swimmer had not a scratch on him & his cheeky wife wore WHITE! Even Ethyl had the class to wear black.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: LittleHoodedMonk, 7/18/2013 3:45:00 PM     (No. 9430729)

"Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Cover-up," by Leo Damore.

I stumbled across this book at Goodwill a number of years back. There is one damning picture in it that should have destroyed Kennedy without question. It is of man sitting on the hood of the car, not knowing that the body of Mary Jo Kopechne was still inside. Imagine also, that the water was no deeper than six feet. So, how could Kennedy, who got out, and then swam a mile from one shore to the other to cover up what he WAS doing, couldn´t have rescued her?

He´s a low-life murderer who has been judged by a Higher Authority now. So, I don´t care, anymore, except for all the damage to civil rights and any other political issues he "championed" while strutting in the Senate.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MattMusson, 7/18/2013 3:55:17 PM     (No. 9430749)

What did Ted Kennedy say when Mary Jo told him she was pregnant?

Let´s cross that bridge when we come to it.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: plumnellie, 7/18/2013 3:59:35 PM     (No. 9430757)

Never envy anyone who struts around on the stage of life being lauded by the crowd. We all are born once or twice and die once or twice. If we are born twice we die once. If we are born once we die twice. I choose to follow Christ and will not die the second death. God is good.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Susannah, 7/18/2013 4:00:46 PM     (No. 9430760)

#19, Limbaugh must have been joking. Or misinformed. The bridge had to be rebuilt, but it´s still there.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 7/18/2013 4:03:46 PM     (No. 9430768)

#2, about forty percent of legally registered voters in MA vote consistently against the Kennedys and other left-liberal candidates. But our votes are nullified by the die-hard ethnic and generational Democrat voters, EBT card holders, state/county/municipal workers, non-resident and double-dipping college students, illegal aliens, union-thugs, felons and fictitious phantom voters who support the opposition.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/18/2013 4:05:11 PM     (No. 9430772)

One of the women (known then as "Boiler Room Girls") shown not getting on the chartered plane had a name that rang a bell.

She´s Esther Newberg, an agent at ICM, and one of the most powerful literary agents around. She reps people like Thomas Friedman, Michael Beschloss, Caroline Kennedy...

The Kennedys know how to take care of things, don´t they?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: pacman333, 7/18/2013 4:05:27 PM     (No. 9430773)

#24 - I believe the punch line to that joke was:

Let´s drive off that bridge when we come to it.


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 7/18/2013 4:24:33 PM     (No. 9430797)

Ms. Kopeckne was not available for comment.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Hoosier, 7/18/2013 4:26:13 PM     (No. 9430801)

#19 - I have a sliver of wood from that bridge, liberated by my Swiss Army Knife many years ago.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: WhatMediaBias, 7/18/2013 4:28:09 PM     (No. 9430804)

#6- Glad I wasn´t drinking milk (it would be coming out my nose)!
"Lyin´ of the Senate"! Who thought that one up! Genius!

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Freeloader, 7/18/2013 4:45:25 PM     (No. 9430816)

"In short, there´s simply not...A more congenial spot...For happily-ever-aftering than here IN CAMELOT"

If the late Prince Edward had been an Oldsmobile driving Republican on July 18, 1969, he would have died in Leavenworth..guaranteed!

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 7/18/2013 4:47:11 PM     (No. 9430819)

Oh good grief. What Rush said today was that at some point in the past, he was visiting the area and asked to see the bridge ´´where Teddy had been so courageous despite driving into the water´´ or words of cynicism to that effect. Whoever he had as his guide took him there, but the bridge AT THAT TIME was gone. Rush was told by his guide that it had been torn down.

Now, if that was during the time it was being rebuilt, well then, OK, there ya go.

Surely someone will post his transcript here later today. You can watch for it for clarification if you need it. Misreporting and jumping to conclusions are never a good thing.



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Reply 35 - Posted by: FelineFine, 7/18/2013 4:53:18 PM     (No. 9430828)

May Mary Jo rest in peace and may Ted rot in hell.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 7/18/2013 5:12:08 PM     (No. 9430850)

At some point, I´d like to flush the entire Kennedy clan down the memory hole.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Salt5792, 7/18/2013 5:16:39 PM     (No. 9430863)

And sadly, he went on to do a hundred worse things than this in the Senate.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: bluebonnet, 7/18/2013 5:30:27 PM     (No. 9430878)

#31 beat me to it! ;-) H/T James Taranto . . .

I vividly remember that summer 44 years ago. So many things going on, but the Apollo Moon Landing and the Kennedys stand out the most. Could not understand how anyone could trust the Kennedy family after that. How naïve I was at that young age!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/18/2013 5:37:21 PM     (No. 9430899)

#29 is right. This is how it works. It´s happening now with regard to Benghazi. You squeal and it hurts Hill or Obama, you lose it all. You cover for Democrats and it could be very very profitable.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Bison65, 7/18/2013 5:45:32 PM     (No. 9430914)

Ted Kennedy and Robert KKK Byrd heroes of the Democrat party. Democrats view cowardly leaving your Ho to drown at the bottom of a river as a resume enhancer. Democrats were the founders of the KKK and nothing has changed. Just look at that arsonist Zero and his side kick Holder. Only thing missing are the hoods...oh wait that has morphed into hoodies.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: grounded, 7/18/2013 6:00:45 PM     (No. 9430938)

As I understand it, Mary Jo Kopechne didn´t drown when she was trapped in the S.S. Oldsmobile, but rather she suffocated when the oxygen was depleted in the trapped bubble of air from which she was breathing inside the car. As a consequence she spent much more time alive than she would otherwise have spent wondering when the heroic Sen. Kennedy was returning with help.

As someone said, the summer of ´69 as almost a sensory overload. Besides Chappaquiddick, there was the moon landing two days later, Woodstock, the Manson Family murders and the exploits of the Miracle Mets, aided and abetted by the historic El Foldo of the Chicago Cubs.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/18/2013 6:12:48 PM     (No. 9430957)

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 7/18/2013 11:10:51 PM     (No. 9431412)

If the walrus himself had drowned that night the "Borking" of Robert Bork would probably have failed and the nation would not be on the brink of destruction today.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: NeverVoteDem, 7/26/2013 12:33:20 AM     (No. 9443075)

Captain Oldsmobile has no place in Arlington with hero´s. He does however deserve eternal flames.

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Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal


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