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Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Cover-up Hardcover – May 15, 1988
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'Profile in Courage' this is not. I was 15 the summer of this accident and then had only a teenager's curiosity about it. One more 'Kennedy tragedy,' but this one proves to be one that could have and should have been avoided. I distinctly remember the carried-on-all-networks 'statement' the senator gave days late, stage-managed to nth. And not very believable. What I hadn't remembered was that even without Chappaquiddick, it was hardly a slow news week; it was the same weekend we'd first landed on the moon. According to the book, the latest mishap of the Kennedy family's pushed the moon story to the bottom of page one of "The Boston Globe." I remember the cute neck brace too, which apparently didn't go on for one or two days after the accident, and after many sources in the book had noticed no incapacity in the senator. It would be a pleasure to say 'No one today could get away with the circumvention and manipulation of law enforcement and investigation that was at work here. But don't expect to hear it from someone who sat through nine 1995 months of the Simpson criminal proceedings. If Robert Blake walks too, good luck un-convincing me that the rich and famous get away with it every time.
Damore relies heavily on the recollections of Joseph A. Gargan, a Kennedy insider, and one of the first people the senator confessed the accident to.Read more ›
Sen. Kennedy is driving with a suspended license.
A local peace officer wonders if Kennedy's car is lost after seeing it first go one way and then back up and start going a different way. He approaches it on foot. The car then takes off at a high rate of speed.
Shortly after this, the car drives off of Chappaquiddick Bridge, flips over and lands upside down in 8 feet of water. Sen. Kennedy exits the vehicle. The young woman with him does not.
For the next 9 hours, instead of simply calling the police and rescue workers, Sen. Kennedy desperately goes to work on an alibi.
Kennedy confesses the accident to two people, one of whom is his cousin and lawyer, Joseph Gargan. They press him to report the accident, which he is understandably reluctant to do. The two men press Kennedy so much, he surprises them by shouting that he will report the accident and then dives into the lake and swims the harbor to the hotel where he was staying.
Taking Kennedy at his word, Gargan and the other man remain on the Island. In the morning, Gargan is stunned to find Kennedy chatting with friends and getting ready to head for breakfast.
Not only did Kennedy not report the accident, he also took pains to be seen by a hotel staff member late that night and madee a point of asking the man what time it was.
Two fishermen discovered the upside down car next to the bridge that morning, while Kennedy was still feverishly working on his alibi.
To drink and drive is a crime. To flee the scene of an accident is a crime.Read more ›
Only a great catch of the prosecution to the use of the word "froth" would make this possible. He lied about it, tried to cover it up, tried to get someone else to take the blame for it.. The Kennedy family bought the silence of the Kopechne family for a mere $100,000 and immediately went into the ignore it and it will go away phase.
This book is a must read for America to see how the Kennedy family manipulates the truth and the facts to wiggle out of the responibilty for their CONTINUING list of transgressions. Leo Damore presents it all in a consice edition that will outrage any normal law abiding citizen. It is sickening to read how Teddy is instantly more concerned about saving his political career than the life of the girl (the one without the panties) trapped inside his car.... and he got away with it. again.
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Definitive account of what happened that night at Chappaquidick.Published 4 months ago by waltermitty
I visited Chappaquiddick Bridge shortly after it happened. The bastard should have been placed in JAIL!
AND the people of Massachusetts elected him office repeatedly! Read more
Great detail regarding the "incident". Drags a bit in the middle with a lot of "legal-eeze" and what-ifs, but overall, great read and worth your time.Published on September 22, 2013 by Mark Leberte
Excellent book about that topic.. It shows that Teddy wasn't taking Mary Jo to Midnight Mass. She became a hero. Thanks to her , He never became President.Published on April 5, 2013 by Robert Herbst
The term "Chappaquiddick incident" refers to the circumstances involving the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, whose body was discovered underwater inside an automobile belonging to her... Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Steve Reina
Before reading this book I only knew the bare bones facts about what happened at Chappaquiddick. Senatorial Privilege gave me more information than I knew existed about this tragic... Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Ragnar65