July 18 (Saturday) will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Kopechne left a party with Senator Ted Kennedy who piloted his Oldsmobile 88 off the side of a nearby bridge and into the water below. He managed to escape, but Kopechne drowned in the car. In an act of indefensible cowardice, Kennedy fled the scene and did not bother contacting the police until 10AM the next morning.
Kennedy's account of the evening is full of inconsistencies and raises a great many questions. Earlier this year, the Boston Globe published a detailed account of the tragedy, which can be found here.
Voices Of Cape Cod - The Ballad Of Mary Jo (3:47) The Ballad Of Mary Jo was written by Doctor Ludmil Chotkowski, an internist who earned his medical degree at Yale University School Of Medicine. In addition to this song, he is also the author of a 2002 book titled Chiropractic: The Greatest Hoax Of The Century? He died in 2006 and his obituary can be read here.