On this date in 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne died a slow, horrible death, trapped underwater in a car driven by Senator Edward Moore Kennedy, commonly known as 'Ted'.
Rather than summon aid and inform the police, as he was legally obliged to do, the
For the life of me, I can't understand how the people of Massachusetts continued to elect this man as their Senator for the next few decades. His guilt was so clear, the cover-up so obvious, that the whole situation stank to high heaven. I suppose it says a great deal about the people of Massachusetts that they continued to vote for him - although I wouldn't want anyone saying that sort of thing about me!
Kennedy is now gravely ill. It's rumored that he may die soon. That may be so . . . but Mary Jo Kopechne, who would have lived but for his pusillanimity and self-centeredness, has been dead for thirty-nine years. Kennedy's had all that time to continue his misbegotten ways.
One hopes he'll soon have the opportunity to explain to her why he left her to die like that - and that justice for Mary Jo, denied here on earth, may at last be served in a somewhat higher forum.