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And on its surface, the Chappaquiddick Incident (as it has infamously become known) was a simple but tragic traffic accident. However, its political fallout caused it to become the most speculated-upon car accident until Princess Diana's fatal ride, some 28 years later: Was Kennedy drunk? Was he trying to conceal an affair by deliberately killing Kopechne? Why did he wait for so long before reporting the accident? And who else was involved?
Olsen tells the tale with as much detail as was made available to him. Though there is apparently only a single living eye-witness to the accident (Kennedy himself, who described having the "sensation of drowning" on live television a week later), Olsen tracks down the incongruous statements made by others who were indirectly involved and comes to a potential conclusion which would be difficult to refute. There is no legal evidence of this conclusion, of course, but his alternate explanation of events turns much of the circumstantial evidence into a logic-of-sorts. And his presentation thereof causes one to reflect seriously on the nature of the official record of events as told through Kennedy's lips.
©2014 Jack Olsen (P)2015 Gregg Olsen
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By Ray on 08-14-15


I found this book to be much more engaging than did some reviewers. I had lived during the Chappaquiddick bridge incident. As I listened to Jack Olsen's account, I learned new details and was reminded of facts I had forgotten. I found the narrative engaging and easy to understand. I feel that the book is well balanced and well researched. I especially liked the conjecture (at the end) of the author as to the truth of what had happened. His speculation makes great sense, however since the death of Ted Kennedy, it is unlikely to be acknowledged, even if true.

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By Paul on 03-30-16

Interesting Take on an Old Mystery

Jack Olsen examines the circumstances surrounding the incident that undoubtedly ended Ted Kennedy's run for the White House just as he was putting on his track shoes.
Olsen provides thoughtful, reasonable speculation on the events that led to the drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne, suggesting an explanation that is far less salacious than any of the wild theories that abounded at the time.
The narrator's frequent mispronunciation of ordinary words such as "similar", (not "simular") is a sizeable distraction. And leave the accent to the natives.

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By Mark Lynch on 10-26-17

Interesting theory on the Chappaquiddick incident

This is an enjoyable book that puts forward an interesting and plausible theory on what really happened the night of Ted Kennedy's fatal Chappaquiddick car accident. That said its very generous towards the Senator and the very inept Police investigation that followed. Because of this lack of a proper investigation (not even a post mortem on the poor victim) the truth of what really happened that night will forever be unknown. The tiny local one man and his dog police department never really stood a chance once the Democratic party political machine in Massachusetts got into full swing and full cover up mode. Did the Senator in a panicked attempt to avoid a political sexual scandal inadvertently put himself behind the wheel of a car involved in a fatal accident? The author offers an interesting theory but omits much of the really negative background noise. Although Ted Kennedy's court trial is covered the inquest hearing is omitted. All said this was still an enjoyable book.

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