Teddy's description of the Chappaquiddick "accident" was enough to convict him of involuntary and voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Today you can add homicide by vehicle while intoxicated, a mandatory three-year prison term in most states.
The facts are simple.
- Kennedy drove fast, probably drunk, off a bridge at about 11:30 P.M.
- The pond was only about six feet deep.
- The front end of the car was angled down.
- Kennedy walked away, went to his hotel, and waited until the next morning to report to the police. The car was discovered by two boys fishing in the morning.
- The boys, unlike Teddy, went to a nearby house to report the car in the water.
- Had Teddy done this instead of leaving, Mary Jo Kopechne probably would have been saved.
- Kennedy spent the night at his hotel room drying out so there would be no alcohol in his system, and to fabricate with his fixers the statement he gave the police.
- During the time Kennedy was at his hotel with his fixers, Mary Jo died from suffocation.
The substance of the statement concocted by Kennedy and his fixers is that it took him until morning to realize what happened, and he did not know that Mary Jo was in the car when he left the pond.
This is Teddy's statement to the police:
On July 18, 1969, at approximately 11:15 p.m. in Chappaquiddick, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, I was driving my car on Main Street on my way to get the ferry back to Edgartown. I was unfamiliar with the road and turned right onto Dike Road, instead of bearing hard left on Main Street.
After proceeding for approximately one-half mile [800 m] on Dike Road I descended a hill and came upon a narrow bridge. The car went off the side of the bridge. There was one passenger with me, one Miss Mary Kopechne, a former secretary of my brother Sen. Robert Kennedy. The car turned over and sank into the water and landed with the roof resting on the bottom.
I attempted to open the door and the window of the car but have no recollection of how I got out of the car. I came to the surface and then repeatedly dove down to the car in an attempt to see if the passenger was still in the car. I was unsuccessful in the attempt.
I was exhausted and in a state of shock. I recall walking back to where my friends were eating. There was a car parked in front of the cottage and I climbed into the backseat. I then asked for someone to bring me back to Edgartown. I remember walking around for a period and then going back to my hotel room. When I fully realized what had happened this morning, I immediately contacted the police.The lawyerly lies are breathtaking:............... More
My Take - What's been called America's First Family - the Kennedy's - has been a family of despicable swine - and Ted was the worst of the lot. A swine the left praised and called the Liberal Lion of the Senate. Most likely he was drunk during one of his many rants on the Senate floor. If we're to believe all the claims of his sexual misconduct, he abused his first wife, and probably all the others also, at least until he was too old and too sick.
What's truly despicable is this man - who was an absolute supporter of abortion in all forms and in every case - was buried in the church. And make no mistake about this - his absolute stand supporting abortion is what gave him a pass for his despicable behavior with the left.
And now everyone wonders how and why all these politicians, entertainers and media types are finding themselves in trouble. After all those years of excusing swine like the Kennedy's and Clinton they're shocked they're being called to account for conduct they and the women of the left excused.
Remember when the women of the left proclaimed "character doesn't count" regarding Clinton during the elections-? And now Jodie Foster claims all men over thirty are responsible. Another attempt to ameliorate the thinking and actions of the leftist loons who've promoted everything that's destroyed traditional values. No, it's not the fault of "every" man over thirty. It's the fault of those who've committed these acts, and in so many cases - the women who wanted to use their gender as a step up.
Entirely too many people in powerful positions believe they can play by a set of rules separate from the traditions and values of society. And the left has promoted that thinking for decades.
Leftism is devoid of any moral foundation except for the insane desire to control every aspect of the lives of their fellow man and will accept any new philosophical flavor of the day to do so, even if it means abandoning previously held positions, because nothing is sacred to the left except getting and holding on to power.