Ted Kennedy was known for spending time with the Boiler Room Girls after his brotherâs passing, but claimed in later interviews that he barely knew Kopechne and denied having an affair with her. That's my opinion. Did she die of suffocation in a diminishing air bubble before her head became immersed in water, and how long did she survive in the overturned car? What Did the Autopsy of Mary Jo Kopechne Reveal? Now that her death is being brought to the forefront with the book and Chappaquiddick, itâs time to recognize Kopechne for who she really was: a hardworking, ambitious young woman with big dreams within the world of politics. Many questions surrounding the tragic end of her life remain unanswered. And if so, with whom? “There were all the innuendoes they were having an affair, or something salacious going on,” says Potoski, “but if you knew who she was, you’d know that didn’t happen. My pathology colleagues and I discussed this actively at that time, and Harry Nelson wrote an article published in the Los Angeles Times on July 31, 1969, about why autopsy should (still) be done. She adds that Mary Jo “wasn’t particularly fond” of Ted Kennedy. - Medscape - May 21, 2018. âIt was frustrating to read the screenplay and see one thing made up after another, and in no way canÂ they attest to any of itÂ because theyÂ werenât there and theyÂ didnâtÂ speak to anybody who was,â said Newberg. Yet it has also brought attention to Mary Jo, whose story was long overlooked in the headlines that followed, which primarily focused on Kennedy and his thwarted political career. ANL/REX/Shutterstock, Mary Jo Kopechne with her parents, Gwen and Joe in their 1946 Christmas Card, | That was their last job for him.”. “He was a young man finding his way around Washington, but he didn’t have the same focus that his brothers had — at least not yet. Or was it due to influence by a very powerful political family concerned about what [the details] might disclose? “JFK’s idea of ‘ What you can do for your country,’ she really tried to do that. Had she recently had sexual intercourse? Fox Says He and His Wife of 32 Years Tracy Pollan Laugh Every Day ‘for a Good 2 Minutes’, Foster Dad, 29, Adopts 5 Siblings After Refusing to Keep Them Separated: 'They Give Me Purpose', The Sweetest Photos of Princes Harry with Diana, First-Time Voters Across the Country Share Why the 2020 Election Matters to Them. This website also contains material copyrighted by 3rd parties. The impact of the aftermath in Kennedyâs life is often talked about, with Kopechne reduced to just his rumored lover. In 2015, after Justice Scalia's sudden unexplained death, I described the 11 reasons for autopsy: To assist in determining the manner of death (homicide, suicide, accident, misadventure, natural, or undetermined), To compare premortem and postmortem findings, To assess the quality of medical practice, To instruct medical students and physicians, To evaluate the effectiveness of therapies such as drugs, surgical techniques, and prostheses, To protect against false liability claims and settle valid claims quickly and fairly. While working for RFK, Kopechne's main role was as secretary to his speechwriters, which continued well through his 1968 presidential campaign. What was the alcohol ... Was the decision not to perform an autopsy on the body of Mary Jo Kopechne a result of ignorance on the part of an authority, primarily Dr Donald Mills? In the upcoming movie Chappaquiddick, Kate Mara plays Mary Jo Kopechne, who died after Ted Kennedy’s car plunged upside down into a tidal pond. Credit: Cite this: George D. Lundberg. Claire Folger. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications.
“She was charming, she was funny, she was a little uptight,” says Potoski with a smile. Note the neck brace inside his collar. Credit: Who was really trying to hide what, and why? “For 49 years people have wanted to know what happened,” Mary Jo’s aunt Georgetta Potoski, 75, says in an exclusive interview in this week’s PEOPLE. I am Dr George Lundberg, at large at Medscape. Mary Jo Kopechne's Family Hopes New Chappaquiddick Film Will Remind People 'Who She Was' this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. In fact, in an interview from 1991, Kopechneâs cousin, Georgetta Potoski revealed that Kopechne didnât have as close of a bond with Ted Kennedy as with his brother. Commenting is limited to medical professionals. This campaign involved a staff of five young women, including Kopechne, called âThe Boiler Room Girls,â who had the responsibility of direct communication with each state director in the region they were assigned. Did she suffer brain damage from the collision of car with water? Ischemic Stroke May Hint at Underlying Cancer, Topol: US Betrays Healthcare Workers in Coronavirus Disaster, The 6 Dietary Tips Patients Need to Hear From Their Clinicians. Was she pregnant? She and some of her co-workers were given the task of cleaning out his office. She was devoted to Bobby.