Chappaquiddick series details how Kennedy fled scene after crash

New Chappaquiddick series details how Ted Kennedy fled the scene after infamous watery crash as his passenger died, made 17 phone calls before contacting cops, and how Charles Manson helped him out

  • The 1969 car accident that resulted in the death of  28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne is the focus of the new season of Fox News’ Scandalous 
  • Kennedy made 17 phone calls in the hours after the death of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne
  • He did not contact police however until the next morning and actually left Martha’s Vineyard, the island where the crash occurred 

Ted Kennedy’s actions in the wake of his 1969 car crash that left a woman dead will be the focus of the second episode of the new Fox News series Scandalous: Chappaquiddick.

The Kennedy family, who had been hoping to continue their political dynasty by pushing Ted to run for president in the wake of his brothers’ deaths, did get a little bit of help pushing the story out of the press a few weeks after the crash.

That was due to the brutal murders of actress Sharon Tate and other friends over the course of two nights on August 8 and 9,  three weeks after Kennedy drove his car off a bridge in Martha’s Vineyard.

He managed to escape from the vehicle but his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne lost her life.

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Kennedy clan: The 1969 car accident that resulted in the death of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne is the focus of the new season of Fox News. Scandalous (Ted Kennedy above after crash) 

Scuba: He did not contact police however until the next morning and actually left Martha’s Vineyard, the island where the crash occurred

The episode will also focus on the 17 phone calls Kennedy mad eon his credit card after the crash.

After he got out of the water he walked back to the home where he had just been partying with friends before returning to the scene.

Kennedy made five phone calls before leaving the island and then another 12 when back on the mainland.

Kennedy made 17 phone calls in the hours after the death of 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne

He called his attorney and his speechwriter, but never any rescue workers or police. 

Kennedy was then dressed in a suit the following morning when the victim was finally pulled from the water. 

He had gone Martha’s Vineyard to race in the Edgartown Regatta and on the evening of July 18, 1969, attended a party at a rented house on Chappaquiddick Island. Guests included Kennedy friends and several women, including Kopechne, who had worked on the presidential campaign of his brother Robert F. Kennedy, assassinated a year earlier.

Kennedy and Kopechne, 28, left the party together and a short time later their car plunged into Poucha Pond. Kennedy escaped from the submerged vehicle and said he made several futile attempts to rescue Kopechne, who was trapped inside.

Kennedy, who died in 2009, later described his failure to report the incident to police for 10 hours as ‘indefensible.’

Scandalous: Chappaquiddick airs Sunday at 8pm on Fox News. 

 

 

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