Author Donald Nelson: Chappaquiddick Tragedy

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Main Library
449 Broadway
Lecture Hall

On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile 88 off Dike Bridge and into Poucha Pond in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, after a night of partying in nearby Edgartown claiming the life of Mary Jo Kopechne. The mystery surrounding this incident still baffles some to this day. Why was Kopechne in the rear seat? Why didn’t Kennedy call for help after the crash? Why did Kennedy flee to Edgartown? Why was Rosemary Keough’s handbag found in the submerged, inverted car on the ceiling of the front-seat compartment? Perhaps, as the author proposes in “Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy’s Second Passenger Revealed,” there is an alternative theory that would answer these questions.