Chappaquiddick Incident
The After Effects of Chappaquiddick

Various Edgartown, Massachusetts officials and employees of Senator Ted Kennedy give their accounts of what it was like to discover the Chappaquiddick incident on July 18, 1969. On this night, Ted Kennedy left with Mary Jo Kopechne after they both attended a party. After crashing the car and swimming to safety, Kennedy left Kopechne to drown and did not contact authorities for nine hours. K Dun Gifford, who worked for Kennedy in 1969, remembers being called the morning after the event by Kennedy himself to try to help. The former local police chief of Edgartown, Dominick Arena, also remembers the morning after the scandal as he swam out to figure out who the car belonged to and whether or not there was a person inside. Along with Gifford and Arena, other people involved give their testimonies, recalling what Kennedy’s state of mind was, what criminal actions were taken, and the longterm effects of this incident on Kennedy and the nation.

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