The Press: Back to Chappaquiddick

What really happened that night on Chappaquiddick five years ago, when Mary Jo Kopechne drowned and Edward Kennedy's career nearly perished? To this day the full truth is obscure. The official investigation was sluggish, Kennedy and other witnesses evasive, and journalists lost interest after a few months. This year, however, a number of publications, anticipating Kennedy's presidential candidacy in 1976, started new inquiries. Last week the Boston Globe published the results of the most exhaustive of the current investigations. The densely packed five-part series further undermined Kennedy's sworn version of the events...

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