The Chappaquiddick Incident

Discussion in 'Alternative Thought Forum' started by Christian, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. Christian

    Christian Knight Moderator

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    On this day in history, July 18, 1969...

    Twenty-eight year-old Mary Jo Kopechne was killed when the car she was travelling in, driven by Ted Kennedy, had crashed into Poucha Pond on Chappaquiddick Island. Kennedy managed to free himself, but Kopechne died. Although Kennedy said that he had not been driving "under the influence of liquor" nor had he ever had a "private relationship" with Kopechne hours later on a national television broadcast, he did leave the scene of an accident and failed to report it until the car and Kopechne's body were discovered by authorities. Kennedy expressed remorse over his role in her death, but the scandal tarnished Kennedy's reputation and it has been suggested that the Chappaquiddick Incident was the main reason he was unable to mount a successful campaign for the United States presidency.