… thirty-eight years ago, a 28 year old teacher, secretary and campaign worker for Robert Kennedy accepted a ride to her motel from Senator Teddy Kennedy.
Earlier this day I wrote a post savaging Senator Kennedy for the subsequent death of that young woman. It is now — and has been — my opinion that she was left to die because Teddy Kennedy’s political career was more important than her life.
I even dug up the National Lampoon fake VW advert as the opening for this post.
Teddy Kennedy is a murderer. He is a wretch totally lacking in courage, honour or common human decency and, as a result, he allowed that young lady to drown in the darkness.
The thing is, there is nothing I can do to Teddy. He has no conscience for me to prick; no sense of shame that I can jab; no vein of honour I can awaken.
Had he any of things, he would have atoned for his part in this slaying a long time ago.
I can write — have written — vicious satire, cutting humour and elegant insults, but to what end? There is nothing I can write this side of Eternal Judgement that will have any effect whatsoever on the sotted, ophidian soul of Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts.
And I would regret that my efforts in this would cause any disturbance to the rest of that slain girl.
So, I merely offer this:
Mary Jo Kopechne
26JUL1940 – 18JUL1969
Requiescat In Pacem