“Memorie.al” publishing the editorial of Adeel Hassan, one of the most prominent reporters and editorialists of the prestigious newspaper The New York Times, regarding the Kennedy dynasty tragedy.
In this article, Hassan summarizes the entire range of tragedies and disasters that have, over the years, “invaded” the most famous family dynasty not only in the United States but beyond. Also known as the “Curse of the Kennedy Family”, these painful events would accompany their sad fate for decades. Beginning in the early ’40s with Rosemary Kennedy’s illness, and ending in 2019, with the young age of Saoirse Hill’s separation from this family.
The painful story of the “Curse of the Kennedy Dynasty”.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill’s death adds to the tragic family story. Miss Kennedy Hill’s death at the age of 22 adds to the myriad of calamities that have plagued Kennedy over the years, and that have at the same time restored the bleak atmosphere of a family curse. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, 22, one of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughters, died in August this year after suffering a marked overdose at the Kennedy Complex in Port of Hyannis. “Our hearts are devastated by the loss of our beloved Saoirse,” the Kennedy family said in a statement. “Her life was filled with hope, promise, and love.” Here’s a look at some of the disasters that have struck one of the most prominent and influential families in the United States.
Rosemary, who was also the eldest daughter of this family, at age 23, suffered from severe mood swings, paranoia, and anxiety. Her father, Joseph, tried to keep his daughter’s illnesses out of the public eye, especially during the election of his son John. Over the years, she underwent the medical process of pre-frontal lobotomy. But while there was an improvement from this process, it had only one notable deterioration. Rosemary Kennedy spent the rest of her life at a medical facility in Wisconsin when she died in 2005.
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
Joseph and Rose Kennedy’s eldest child, Joseph Jr., was preparing to finish his final year at Harvard Law School in 1943. But he instead volunteered to serve as a military pilot for the United States Navy. United States during World War II. He was flown to England and died during a secret mission when an explosive-laden experimental plane exploded over the La Manish Canal. The family was together in Port Hyannis on a Sunday afternoon in August when two priests came to the news of his death at the age of 29. “My dad took both men up,” Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Joseph Jr.’s sister, later said. “A little later he came down and said, ‘We’ve lost Joe.’ “Then he went upstairs to his room and closed the door.” When Joe Jr. was born, his grandfather, Mayor John F. Fitzgerald of Boston, announced to the media the news that the newborn would probably become President one day. “Joe was the star of our family,” John F. Kennedy said years later. “He did everything much better than the rest of us”.
As an 18-year-old, Kathleen, the second-oldest daughter, joined her father in London when the latter became ambassador to the United States. She fell in love with Europe and would eventually settle there. Kathleen, known as “Kick,” was a reporter at the Times-Herald newspaper in Washington when she too volunteered for World War II in 1943. She then returned to London. There he married William Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington, who was an effective British Army. He joined his regiment in France a month after their wedding and was killed in combat three months later. Kathleen remained a widow at the age of 24. Kick was planning to get married again, but was killed when a small plane she and her fiancée were piloting crashed on its way from Paris to the French Riviera. She was 28 years old. The epitaph on her tomb reads: “The joy she gave, the joy she found.”
Patrick Bouvier Kennedy
Patrick, President Kennedy’s newborn son and his wife, Jacqueline, in 1963, died three months before his father’s assassination. He had what is now known as respiratory distress syndrome and his life lasted less than 40 hours. “He made a lot of war,” the President declared. He was a beautiful kid. ” After Patrick died, the President retired to his private hospital room and cried, according to testimony from his close aides. Mrs Kennedy remained hospitalized for another week after giving birth. Her first extended public appearance in the United States after Patrick’s death came in November on Kennedy’s last trip to Texas.
John F. Kennedy
Like his older brother, John F. Kennedy joined the Navy, and was assigned as a lieutenant in the South Pacific. During these fighting, he commanded a patrol torpedo ship, PT-109. During a Japanese attack, his boat sank, leaving two of John’s soldiers dead. But he managed to save the rest of the crew and was, therefore, awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. John F. Kennedy subsequently became addicted to Addison’s Syndrome, and after Japan’s capitulation, he remained in a coma for several days in a Tokyo hospital. He also fell into a coma following back surgery in 1954. After returning home to Massachusetts, he won a seat in Congress in 1946 and was elected to the Senate in 1952. In July 1960, he became the leading Democratic candidate for President and triumphed over Vice. President Richard M. Nixon, by the least margin of votes up to that period. His assassination in Dallas of Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963, at the age of 46, was a moment, shocking, shocking, and sad, not only for the family but also for the nation. “The sniper bullet left a non-healing wound, a wound on our conscience as Americans,” wrote cultural critic Dwight Macdonald in December 1963. Americans remained “stuck” on their television stations for nearly four days since the assassination. his, at lunchtime Friday, until the Presidential State Funeral, which took place Monday afternoon. The funeral which was watched in 93 percent of all homes, an unprecedented national audience, by that time.
Robert F. Kennedy
Robert, the President’s brother, and Attorney General resigned from that post nearly 10 months after his brother John’s assassination. He took a seat in the Senate as a representative of New York. And as the turmoil of the 1960s increased, many Americans viewed him as the healer of a nation destroyed by the Vietnam War and divided by race and class. He dropped his candidacy for the presidency, and won the Democratic primary in the state of California. But Robert was shot dead on June 5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where he was to die the next day. He was 42 years old. “My brother doesn’t need to be idealized or magnified to death beyond what he was in life,” said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the only brother left in his eulogy. “To be remembered simply as a good and worthy man.” About a million people were, lined up at the train stations from New York to Washington in a giant chain of lamentations while Mr. Kennedy was taken to Arlington National Cemetery. “You have a sense of a personal way of endless loss,” one of Mr. Kennedy’s aides said as he watched the crowds on the train. For many Americans, the hope they felt in the early 1960s with the inauguration of President Kennedy was dashed by his brother’s death.
David was only 12 years old, watching television in a Los Angeles hotel room when he noticed that his father, Robert, had been shot dead by assassin Sirhan Sirhan. At the age of 28, David, who had a history of heroin and alcohol use, died of a drug overdose at a Palm Beach, Florida hotel. “It was a very difficult moment for all our family members, including David’s mother, Ethel, his brothers and sisters who tried so hard to help him in recent years, ”said David’s uncle Edward at the time. “We all loved him very much. With faith in the Lord, we all pray for David to finally find the peace he did not find in life.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy
Jaqueline Kennedy was the First Lady of the United States during the presidency of John F. Kennedy and was considered then and subsequently an international icon of style and culture. On November 22, 1963, Jacqueline was with her husband, John Fitzgerald, in the presidential escort in Dallas, Texas, when the latter was shot dead. After his funeral, she and her children retired from public life. In 1968, Jacqueline married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. After Onassis’s death in 1975, she had a career as a book editor in New York. She died on May 19, 1994, from blood cancer, at the age of 64.
On New Year’s Eve 1997, David’s brother Michael was in Aspen, Colorado, skiing, a tradition the family had inherited over the years. Michael 39, during a ski race with some of his friends, slipped, losing control of the ski, crashing into a tree. He died of the wounds received. Michael ran a non-profit fueling organization to heat the poor. He also worked on political campaigns for his family members.
John F. Kennedy Jr.
The greeting of John Jr. wearing a blue coat and shorts at his father’s funeral is embedded, in many American hearts and minds. The day his father was buried was also his third birthday. He attended Brown University and New York University Law before serving as a prosecutor in the Manhattan district office. He also served as editor of George, a political magazine he founded in 1995. John Jr. “It would almost certainly have entered politics,” said Laurence Leamer, author of numerous books on Kennedy. “And he would have been successful.” But in 1999 and at age 38, John Jr. crashed and died when the plane that was flying crashed over the Atlantic Ocean in a place called Martha Vineyard. His wife and sister-in-law, who were on board, also died. They were going to Rory’s wedding, Robert’s youngest child. Instead of celebrating the wedding, other family members gathered at the Kennedy Complex to hold their breath for relatives, awaiting information, on their fate.
Edward Moore Kennedy
Nicknamed as Ted Kennedy, he was an American politician who served as a senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his death in 2009. Ted was a member of the Kennedy Democratic Party and political family. s. He was the second-highest member of the Senate, and the third longest-serving senator in United States history. Edward was the brother of President John F. Kennedy and the Attorney General, and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of political assassination. Edward himself had survived two serious accidents at a young age. He would die of cancer at the age of 77.
Chiara, daughter of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, died of a heart attack after working for a short time at a health clinic in the Washington area. She was 51 years old. Mrs. Kennedy was a filmmaker and the oldest of Mr. Kennedy’s three children and Joan Bennett Kennedy. She was the mother of two teenagers. “Unlike my father, I felt more comfortable behind the camera than in front of her,” she wrote in the Boston Globe a few months before her death. “But like him, I found my greatest fulfillment in telling the needs and successes of others.”
Mary Richardson Kennedy
Mary Richardson, was an American designer, architect and philanthropist. She was an advocate of environmental protection policies, and was a co-founder of the Food Initiative, the largest food safety research fund in the United States. On May 16, 2012, Kennedy was found self-hanging at her home in Bedford, New York. An autopsy report revealed that she had antidepressants in her blood system. Her funeral, hosted by the Kennedy family, was held at St. Catholic Church. Patrick at Bedford. Memorie.al