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Chapter 3: Chappaquiddick

Conflicted ambitions, then, Chappaquiddick

Kennedy appeared White House bound, until a fatal car accident and lingering questions derailed his plans

By Jenna Russell
Globe Staff / February 17, 2009

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On a humid Friday in July of 1969, as his plane took off from Boston bound for Martha's Vineyard, Senator Edward M. Kennedy seemed locked in a sure, unstoppable ascent to the White House. (Full article: 4788 words)

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The morning after the accident, Edgartown Police Chief Dominick Arena sent an officer to the scene with a Brownie camera. For years, these rarely seen photos sat in his drawer.
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Huck Look, a sheriff’s deputy, said he had seen a car like Kennedy’s, with a man and woman inside and a similar plate number, at 12:45 a.m. – an hour and a half after Kennedy said the accident happened. (Jack D. Hubbard) Huck Look, a sheriff’s deputy, said he had seen a car like Kennedy’s, with a man and woman inside and a similar plate number, at 12:45 a.m. – an hour and a half after Kennedy said the accident happened.
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Ted Kennedy confronts the media after leaving the courthouse in Edgartown, where he received a two-month suspended sentence for failure to report the accident in which Mary Jo Kopechne was killed. His pregnant wife, Joan, is by his side. (Joe Dennehy/Globe Staff) Ted Kennedy confronts the media after leaving the courthouse in Edgartown, where he received a two-month suspended sentence for failure to report the accident in which Mary Jo Kopechne was killed. His pregnant wife, Joan, is by his side.
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Ted Kennedy and his wife, Joan, leave Hyannis for Mary Jo Kopechne's funeral in Pennsylvania. (UPI) Ted Kennedy and his wife, Joan, leave Hyannis for Mary Jo Kopechne's funeral in Pennsylvania.

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Teddy Kennedy Jr. walks with the aid of crutches and an artificial limb as he leaves Georgetown Hospital in Washington in 1973, accompanied by his parents. (AP) Teddy Kennedy Jr. walks with the aid of crutches and an artificial limb as he leaves Georgetown Hospital in Washington in 1973, accompanied by his parents.
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