The Assassination Conspiracy Theories That Just Won’t Die


One of the pleasant surprises of this movie season has been Chappaquiddick, an account of the famous episode from 1969 in which Mary Jo Kopechne was left to drown in a car driven into a pond, and abandoned, by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. It’s not a perfect film by any means; but Kennedy is treated not as the Lion of the Senate or sad inheritor of a famous legacy but as an empty suit surrounded by an abundance of prominent yes men. As I say, a pleasant surprise.

Less surprising, perhaps, is the news that Edward Kennedy’s nephew—Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the 64-year-old third-oldest child of Ted’s older brother Bobby—recently visited his father’s assassin, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, in his California prison not because Sirhan is seeking redemption but because Kennedy has concluded that Sirhan was wrongly convicted.

“I went there because I was curious and disturbed by what I had seen in the evidence,” he told the Washington Post, which heralded the tidings on its front page. “I was disturbed that the wrong person might have been convicted of killing my father.”

This is not the place to repeat the assertions that have proved so persuasive to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Suffice it to say that the younger RFK—a stalwart of the second generation of Kennedys in politics from which much was expected—has been best known in recent years for his crackpot views on vaccines and autism, as well as…..Click Here To Keep Reading

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