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The Kennedy Curse: Murder and Fatal Accidents

More than ten members of the American Dynasty have died of unnatural deaths, the best known of course being President John F. Kennedy.

The Kennedy Dynasty is pretty much the royal family of the United States. That prominent role is due to Joseph Kennedy, John F. Kenndy’s father. He and his wife Rose had a total of 9 children, four of whom died prematurely.

Bomber explodes

Wealthy Joseph Kennedy wanted his eldest son, Joseph Jr., to become the first Catholic President of the United States. But Joseph Jr. was killed in August 1944 at the age of 29 when his bomber exploded over the Channel. His remains have never been found.

Fate strikes again four years later. A plane with Kathleen Kennedy (28) crashes on the way in France for her holiday. Again Joseph and Rose lose a child in a plane crash.

The murder

John F. Kennedy must then fulfill his father’s dream. And it succeeds: in 1960, JFK is elected the first Catholic President of the United States. But in 1963 he is shot dead in Dallas; a murder that is still sensational and almost mythical.

In the cabinet of President John F., his younger brother Bobby serves as Justice Minister. In 1968 this Robert F. Kennedy made a bid for the presidency himself. But during the election campaign, he too is shot and this murder is still the subject of various conspiracy theories.


Joseph and Rose Kennedy’s only surviving son was Edward, better known as Ted. He, too, was a politician and might have become president. But that became impossible because of the so-called Chappaquiddick incident.

Chappaquiddick is an island off the coast of Massachusetts. In the summer of 1969 Ted drives from a bridge into the water. He manages to escape from the car that sank upside down. But his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, is drowning. Ted only reports to the police after ten o’clock. Here, too, conditions are still shrouded in mystery. But it is certain that because of this incident Ted could not become president.

Fatal accident after fatal accident

After this first generation, haunted by fate, it goes on. John F. Kennedy Jr., the only son of the murdered President, is killed when he crashes with the plane he flies. A son of Robert F. Kennedy dies in a skiing accident. Another son and a granddaughter die from a drug overdose.

It is a macabre list that ends with the tragic death of Maeve Kennedy McKean and her 8-year-old son Gideon. The family lives in Washington, but had self-isolated at a lake because of the coronavirus. When they wanted to take a ball out of the water with a canoe, they drifted. Mother and son were missing for days. Maeve’s body and the overturned canoe have been found, but Gideon has not yet been found.

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