Chappaquiddick Tragedy

Donald Nelson shares his theory of may have happened so long ago at Chappaquiddick at the Dighton Public Library on Thursday, June 28 at 6:30. He shares his heavily researched book, Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy’s Second Passenger Revealed. 

On July 18, 1969 Ted Kennedy drove his Oldsmobile 88 off Dike Bridge and into Poucha Pond in Chappaquiddick, MA, after a night of partying in neaby Edgartown. In the morning, a body was discovered in the back seat of the sunken car – the body of Mary Jo Kopechne. The Edgartown police chief charged Kennedy with leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury. Kennedy pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but his sentence was suspended. The public did not understand this “accident.” The DA, Edmund Dinis, launched an inquest but the proceedings were closed to the public.

The mystery surrounding this incident still baffles some to this day. Nelson, a retired research physicist, pored over thousands of pages of evidence, testimony, books, and written accounts, has given him an idea of what could have happened that night that he will share with us.Chappaquiddick Tragedy cover

Thank you to the Friends of the Dighton Public Library for sponsoring this program.