The media-deemed “America’s Royal Family” has long been known for wealth, privilege, and political power. Among the like-minded, it’s also known for power abuses, corruption, substance abuse, and mental illness. Is the Kennedy family really cursed?
Rosemary Kennedy was the daughter of Joe Kennedy, Sr. She suffered from violent mood swings, but the family agreed on a lobotomy in 1941. The results are typical. The lobotomy inflicted so much new damage that she was far worse after the procedure. She remained institutionalized until her death in 2005.
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. was a war hero. Unfortunately, he tested an experimental airplane over East Suffolk, England, and it exploded.
Days after her brother’s death, his sister Kathleen Agnes Kennedy Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington, lost her husband of only 3 months.
Kathleen died in an airplane crash with all three passengers. Her father was the only family member to attend her funeral. Her mother went into the hospital for medical tests.
John F. Kennedy, future President of the United States, and his wife Jacqueline, have a stillborn daughter.
The grieving couple endures another tragedy. Their son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, is born prematurely and lives only two days. He dies on August 9.
John F. Kennedy, President of the United States, is assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22.
Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, future Senator, nearly dies in an airplane crash that kills two others. Ted suffered a broken back, punctured lung, broken ribs, and internal bleeding.
Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated in Los Angeles, California.
Ted drives a car off a bridge and fatally traps his passenger, Mary Jo Kopchre. The infamous “Chappaquiddick incident” remains household discussion from that point on, and many eventually called Ted a “murderer.”
Joe Kennedy, Sr., the family patriarch, died on November 18. He outlived every son he had except for Ted.
Joseph P. Kennedy II, son of Robert F., is involved in a car crash on August 13. The wreck leaves his passenger, Pam Kelley, paralyzed.
Ted Kennedy, Jr., had his right leg amputated on November 17. He’s been diagnosed with bone cancer and the procedure saves his life.
Martha Moxley is a 15-year-old found bludgeoned to death with a golf iron. Ethel Kennedy’s nephew, Michael Skakel, isn’t convicted for the murder until 2002.
David Anthony Kennedy dies from a drug overdose in a hotel room.
William Kennedy Smith is arrested and charged with rape.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in May. Her cancer was so aggressive she only lived four months after diagnosis.
Michael LeMoyne Kennedy dies in a skiing accident. He’s already under suspicion for statutory rape after an affair of three years that started with a 14-year-old babysitter.
John F. Kennedy, Jr. dies in an airplane crash along with his wife and sister-in-law.
Patricia Helen “Pat” Kennedy dies of natural causes. She was briefly married, but her husband and his family were also imbued with substance addictions and infidelity. Her divorce was final in 1966. She developed her own struggle with alcoholism and never remarried.
Senator Ted Kennedy died after a brutal struggle with brain cancer.
Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver also died of natural causes. Eunice was the founder of the Special Olympics.
Kara Kennedy Allen dies of a heart attack while exercising.
Maria Shriver becomes embroiled in public scandal when her ex-husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, reveals his extramarital affairs and his illegitimate child with their maid of many years.
Mary Richardson Kennedy hangs herself.
The idea of “curses” is one that goes back since the dawn of time, but there are instances where it seems entirely plausible. Many sources claim the Kennedy curse lore was fabricated by the media, but no fabrication is necessary to see there is something extraordinarily peculiar about the family.
Perhaps it’s the consequences of so much negativity in a single family, or the result of chronic substance abuse, dishonesty, and corruption. Or maybe it’s this:
“Let’s just call it what it is: the natural fallout when you’re a member of a family riddled with entitled, underachieving drunks, drug addicts and adulterers, whose treatment of women is historically deplorable.” –Maureen Callahan, The New York Post