Cousin hopes Mary Jo Kopechne, Kennedy 'at peace'

A cousin of the woman who died in Ted Kennedy's car on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969 says she hopes the late senator and her cousin are "now at peace." Mary Jo Kopechne's cousin Georgetta Potoski, of Plymouth, Pa., offered her thoughts in a letter to a Pennsylvania newspaper. Full Story
out of towner

Columbus, OH

#1 Sep 1, 2009
Let us not forget that when Kennedy 're-surfaced' after the accident it was 10 hours later and he showed up wearing a neck brace. Once again the family took care of all the necessary politicians and police. This is only one instance in many where the family applied 'we are beyond reproach' attitude, He knew he was about to die and decided to write a letter of confession to the Pope for all of his discretions, the Pope answered this, It is not I who will forgive you but I will pray for your soul.
Compassionate Heart

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 1, 2009
She has a wonderful attitude, and I think that its time we all quit looking at the Senators falures and remember his successes.
Dan

Columbus, OH

#3 Sep 1, 2009
Blanket

Commercial Point, OH

#4 Sep 1, 2009
Yeppers. Lets just forget crimes committed by rich white guys and move on!
they must go

Columbus, OH

#5 Sep 1, 2009
All reasonable people hope that both of them are at peace, but it is important to keep in mind the fundamental lesson of Chappaquiddick: the ruling and intellectual classes of the 1960s, which are now passing from the scene, thought that they could ride over people like aristocrats of old in their speeding coaches; all that was necessary to escape the consequences of crushed and mangled peasants was to utter what became the liberal shibboleths and platitutdes. This poor girl exposed the corruption at the heart of what strove mightily to become America's royal family, and her death sadly helped to avert the imposition of a leftist authoritarian state. A number of these 60s types have hibernated, and are now at the republic's throat again; if we respect the memory of Miss Kopechne and remember the lesson of Chappaquiddick, we will again escape dictatorship.
Concerned citizen

United States

#6 Sep 1, 2009
I am so thankful that we have a God who is the only one to forgive us our sins..NOT THE POPE !!!!! The Pope can no more forgive Ted's sin's than can the mailman or the neighbor boy.. and I think the Pope made that clear in his response. I have always heard.." There is a payday for every one someday", and I think that means the Kennedy clan....Personally, I would not want to stand in his shoes on judgement day !!!!!There are some things in life that money and your name can not buy and that is Eternal Life....
Scripture Reader

Columbus, OH

#7 Sep 1, 2009
Concerned citizen wrote:
I am so thankful that we have a God who is the only one to forgive us our sins..NOT THE POPE !!!!! The Pope can no more forgive Ted's sin's than can the mailman or the neighbor boy.. and I think the Pope made that clear in his response. I have always heard.." There is a payday for every one someday", and I think that means the Kennedy clan....Personally, I would not want to stand in his shoes on judgement day !!!!!There are some things in life that money and your name can not buy and that is Eternal Life....
You might want to read John 20:23 again. According to Jesus, we DO forgive sins -- NOT just God.

Considering that we ask God to "forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us" every week in the Lord's prayer, I'm not so sure I would want to be in YOUR shoes on judgment day. Your idea of justice and judgment will likely not be in your favor, either.(By your idea of it, anyway.)
Bill

Columbus, OH

#8 Sep 1, 2009
they must go wrote:
All reasonable people hope that both of them are at peace, but it is important to keep in mind the fundamental lesson of Chappaquiddick: the ruling and intellectual classes of the 1960s, which are now passing from the scene, thought that they could ride over people like aristocrats of old in their speeding coaches; all that was necessary to escape the consequences of crushed and mangled peasants was to utter what became the liberal shibboleths and platitutdes. This poor girl exposed the corruption at the heart of what strove mightily to become America's royal family, and her death sadly helped to avert the imposition of a leftist authoritarian state. A number of these 60s types have hibernated, and are now at the republic's throat again; if we respect the memory of Miss Kopechne and remember the lesson of Chappaquiddick, we will again escape dictatorship.
(Yawn!) Oh, I'm sorry, you were saying something...?
STERLING SLONE

Columbus, OH

#9 Sep 1, 2009
Im sure they are now at peace. Senator Kennedy had years to reflect on this horrible accident that changed his life. Who knows what he could of accomplished if the accident hadn't ocurred I do believe that he had his faith and im sure he attempted to reconcile his shortcomings.
Concerned citizen

United States

#10 Sep 1, 2009
Scripture Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
You might want to read John 20:23 again. According to Jesus, we DO forgive sins -- NOT just God.
Considering that we ask God to "forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us" every week in the Lord's prayer, I'm not so sure I would want to be in YOUR shoes on judgment day. Your idea of justice and judgment will likely not be in your favor, either.(By your idea of it, anyway.)
You missed my point but I forgive you for that. My forgiveness to you will not assure your entry to Heaven and yes, I pray the Lords prayer also and I forgive others. My statement about not wanting to be in his shoes only said standing in my own would be enough for me. Lets be a little less defensive and critical. I don't need someone to interceed for me Romans 8:26,27 tells me that... For that I am thankful, I can go directly to my Heavenly Father. Bless you...

Since: Aug 09

Columbus, OH

#11 Sep 1, 2009
out of towner wrote:
Once again the family took care of all the necessary politicians and police. This is only one instance in many where the family applied 'we are beyond reproach' attitude,
Wait a minute, so you're saying rich people get treated differently under the law than poor people? NO! It can't be!!
jmtott 8749

Columbus, OH

#12 Sep 1, 2009
I think Miss Kopeckne is at peace. Mr. Kennedy was wrong and I don't know how he could face the day, he would be haunted if he had a soul.

Since: Aug 09

Columbus, OH

#13 Sep 1, 2009
Conservatives and Ted-haters, you could look at it this way:

For many years you wished Teddy a slow painful death. Cancer is pretty much that. You basically got your wish. Aren't you happy?
HAPPY CRAB

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#14 Sep 1, 2009
Eugene_C wrote:
Conservatives and Ted-haters, you could look at it this way:
For many years you wished Teddy a slow painful death. Cancer is pretty much that. You basically got your wish. Aren't you happy?
I consider myself to be a conservative (Not of the hate filled far right winged idiots). We have all made mistakes. Accidents happen; that is why they're called accidents. It is now strickly between him and his God. None of us have say in the matter. We all need to move on.
Silverbear8

United States

#15 Sep 1, 2009
I have always suspected that Mary Jo was pregnant with Ted's baby and that their late night drive down to the beach was for the purpose of her advising him that she was pregnant and he was the father. I can not prove this as a fact. But I have also heard this as a rumor that has never gone away. A rumor that was persistent and that was never addressed.

Unfortunately, the Kennedy's blocked the police request to conduct an autopsy at the time of the death. It would not be possible to re-open the case now as Mary Jo's family has declined to have the body disinterred.

So the rumor remains unproven and alive.

If it was true that Mary Jo had been pregnant with Ted's baby at the time of her death it would be a clue as to why he wasted so much time in not going to the police.
The nearest telephone was a land line at a home located 150 yards from the site of the accident. Had he run to the telephone and called the EMS they might have arrived in time to save Mary Jo. Of course, Ted might have lost control of the investigation at that point.

And he would have risked her surviving the accident. If she was pregnant then I suspect the entire story would have come out and he would have been ruined as regards his political career in a conservative, Catholic Massachusetts in the nineteen sixties.

Well, its all over now and Mary Jo has oodles of time to confront Ted with the "facts". After all forgiving someone does not imply forgetting what they have done to you.
Mix me a martini Kennedy

New York, NY

#16 Sep 2, 2009
Eugene_C wrote:
Conservatives and Ted-haters, you could look at it this way:
For many years you wished Teddy a slow painful death. Cancer is pretty much that. You basically got your wish. Aren't you happy?
Yep, just thrilled! Commander Kennedy of Chappaquiddick 109 suffered just as Mary Jo Kopechne did.
T LOVI DOVI

San Diego, CA

#17 Sep 2, 2009
MORE PEOPLE DIE AT CHAPPAQUIDDICK THAN 3 MILE ISLAND
T LOVI DOVI

San Diego, CA

#18 Sep 2, 2009
Ted was a horses ass, to think he is buried in Arlington make me sick to my gut. My dad landed at Omaha beach I was in the Corp and my son is combat Marine with 2 tours under his belt, with a purple heart to boot.
Deeboy

Massapequa Park, NY

#19 Aug 13, 2010
Kopechne got what they deserved! Her family wanted to be Irish when they were Lithuanian. She was buried from the Irish church in Plymouth instead of going to the Lithuanian Church in Larksville! Now the Family wants to identify as Lithuanian! Every back at that time said the family got what they have deserved.
dave chappelle

Columbus, OH

#20 Aug 14, 2010
Deeboy wrote:
Kopechne got what they deserved! Her family wanted to be Irish when they were Lithuanian. She was buried from the Irish church in Plymouth instead of going to the Lithuanian Church in Larksville! Now the Family wants to identify as Lithuanian! Every back at that time said the family got what they have deserved.
I hope you never reproduced.

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