Many of the Kennedy family and their spouses have long been walking car crashes, as doomed as cast members from Saturday Night Live.
All those good looks and great connections obviously come with a price.
Just yesterday, Mary Richardson Kennedy–RFK Jr.’s troubled estranged wife–was found dead at her New York home. (A source said she hung herself, but that hasn’t been confirmed.) It’s the latest in a long series of unspeakable horrors.
According to Wikipedia, here are some other horrific Kennedy tragedies through the years.
Learn it–and don’t marry a Kennedy.
*1941–Because of Rosemary Kennedy‘s increasingly violent and severe mood swings, her father [Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.], arranged in secret for her to undergo a lobotomy.
*August 12, 1944–Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. died when his plane exploded over East Suffolk, England.
*August 23, 1956–Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy gave birth to a stillborn daughter.
*August 9, 1963–Patrick Bouvier Kennedy died two days after his birth.
*November 22, 1963–President John F. Kennedy is assassinated.
*June 19, 1964–Ted Kennedy was involved in a plane crash in which one of his aides and the pilot were killed. He was pulled from the wreckage by fellow senator Birch E. Bayh II and spent weeks in a hospital recovering from a broken back, a punctured lung, broken ribs, and internal bleeding.
*June 6, 1968–U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassination immediately following his victory in the California Democratic presidential primary.
*July 18, 1969–Ted Kennedy accidentally drove his car off a bridge in Chappaquiddick Island, fatally trapping his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, inside.
*August 13, 1973-Joseph P. Kennedy II was the driver of a car which crashed. His passenger Pam Kelley was permanently paralyzed.
*November 17, 1973 —Ted M. Kennedy, Jr. lost a portion of his right leg due to bone cancer.
*April 25, 1984–David Kennedy died of a Demerol and cocaine overdose in a Palm Beach, Florida hotel room.
*December 31, 1997–Michael LeMoyne Kennedy died in a skiing accident in Aspen.
*July 16, 1999–John F. Kennedy, Jr.‘s plane crash.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 17, 2012