& # 39; That night on Chappaquiddick Island ended in a terrible tragedy that haunts me every day of my life, & # 39; Kennedy wrote in a memoir, True Compass. Kennedy can be seen above on Capitol Hill in September 2007
Within a month of his death in August 2009, Senator Edward M. Kennedy said in a posthumously filed statement that he was not romantically involved with the young Mary Jo Kopechne and that he never escaped the despair he felt after she died in the car. accident in 1969 that was scorched in national consciousness as & # 39; Chappaquiddick & # 39 ;.
He acknowledged that he loved women and drank – sometimes too much – but said that reports about wild excesses in Kennedy were exaggerated.
Yet it was the ghost of Chappaquiddick that Edward Kennedy, the youngest brother, could never shake.
& # 39; That night on Chappaquiddick Island ended in a terrible tragedy that haunts me every day of my life, & # 39; Kennedy wrote in a memoir, True Compass.
The Massachusetts senator died on August 25, 2009 at the age of 77 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.
Kennedy said that his Catholic faith helped him as he struggled with guilt over the events of July 18, 1969, when he was driving a car from a bridge into a pond on the small island.
In the 2009 Kennedy memoir, he talks about the Chappaquiddick incident
His own fear, he said, paled in comparison to the suffering the Kopechne family suffered.
& # 39; Reconciliation is a process that never ends & he said.
In the book, Kennedy said that his actions on Chappaquiddick on July 18, 1969 & # 39; unforgivable & # 39; goods.
He said he was scared and & # 39; made terrible decisions & # 39; and had to live with the debt for more than four decades.
Kennedy rode into a pond from a bridge. He swam in safety and left Kopechne in the car.
Kopechne, 28, a former employee with the Robert Kennedy campaign, was found dead 10 hours later in the back seat of the submerged car.
Kennedy, then 37, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and was given a suspended sentence and probation.
He wrote that he had no romantic relationship with Kopechne and he barely knew her.
He said they both became emotional about his brother's death and decided to leave the party that was organized by the former staff members of Robert Kennedy.
He made similar statements in the days following the crash
Source: Associated press
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