Well, technically, it was “only” involuntary manslaughter. Nearly 50 years ago, a drunken U.S. Senator, Edward “Ted” Kennedy (D, MA) drove his car off a bridge in Chappaquiddick (MA), killing his female passenger, campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne.
Fearing a political scandal and damage to his political career, Kennedy left Ms. Kopechne to drown, not only making no effort whatsoever to save her, but even refusing to report the accident to authorities for over nine hours when, in all likelihood, Ms. Kopechne could have survived if prompt medical attention had been given.
As the current and excellent movie, “Chappaquiddick” points out, Kennedy’s legal “dream team” then engaged in a massive cover-up, first claiming it was Ms. Kopechne who drove the car and then, when that lie was exposed, portraying Kennedy as “the victim”, even going so far as having Kennedy wear a phony neck brace to feign injuries at the funeral for Ms. Kopechne.
Thanks to a sympathetic judiciary and the Kennedy name, Ted Kennedy was merely charged with “leaving the scene of an accident!” and given a suspended sentence. Talk about celebrity justice. And thanks to ignorant and sympathetic voters, Kennedy was re-elected six more times to the U.S. Senate! And the corrupt and morally bankrupt mass media referred to him as a “lion” (“lyin’ would have been more appropriate).
Isn’t it ironic that today, if a man even looks at a woman below the neckline, he is accused of “sexual harassment”? But serial sexual predators like Bill Clinton and the Kennedys are glorified by the mass media. I guess we’ve come a long way, baby. Yea, right. Where was the “me-too” movement when Mary Jo Kopechne needed them?
The Honorable Eddie Rose
Former Laguna Niguel (CA) City Councilman
“A Voice—Not An Echo”