As they examine all the wild-eyed, mostly "hang the Senator" theories under a microscope lighted with the physical evidence, the statutes of Massachusetts, and the customs of the legal profession, Lange and Dewitt conclude that what most likely happened that fateful summer night in Chappaquiddick is remarkable: for the most part, Senator Kennedy ...Read MoreAs they examine all the wild-eyed, mostly "hang the Senator" theories under a microscope lighted with the physical evidence, the statutes of Massachusetts, and the customs of the legal profession, Lange and Dewitt conclude that what most likely happened that fateful summer night in Chappaquiddick is remarkable: for the most part, Senator Kennedy was telling the truth. Photographs. Maps.Read Less
With 275 pages, One would expect a dissection of the events of the disaster on a minute by minute basis. However, the key hour in which the accident occurred receives less than 200 words, and adds nothing to an understanding of what really happened.
No obvious discrepancies are even mentioned, much less discussed. Specifically, supposedly Senator Kennedy dove repeatedly to try and get Miss Kopechne out of the car; question: how did he get out, if her were driving? If he dove repeatedly , why did no one comment on his wet clothes when he returned to the cottage?
In its favor, the book does contain transcripts of hearings, and excerpts of applicable Massachusetts laws.
Now that Senator Kennedy is dead, most likely no one will ever really know what actually happened that fateful evening. This book makes no contribution to getting to the truth.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-05-10 Declaring Sen. Edward Kennedy ``the living victim of Chappaquiddick,'' the authors present an interesting, if slight, analysis of the many interpretations of the 1969 automobile accident that resulted in the drowning of Kennedy's passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Washington, D.C., lawyer Lange and copywriter DeWitt first present, in telegraphic prose, mini-biographies of Kennedy and Kopechne. Following these is an unsourced chronology of the complex skein of events surrounding the July 18-19 incident, including Kennedy's failure to report the accident until the following day, and his plea of guilty to leaving the scene of an accident. Then, more valuably, the authors criticize conspiracy-theorists who claim, for example, that the accident was engineered to keep Kennedy out of the White House or that Kopechne was already dead when Kennedy drove off the bridge. They suggest that Kennedy's version was basically true, and that he and his aides delayed reporting the accident mainly to protect him from appearing emotionally rattled in public. They acknowledge that certain public officials--i.e., police investigators, a judge--behaved unprofessionally in order to help Kennedy, but argue that none did so in return for favors. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
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