Ted Kennedy had many monikers: "Lion of the Senate," Statesman and Family Patriarch. So, what about coward who let a young girl die?
On warm July night in 1969, a drunken Kennedy drove his car off of the Chappaquiddick Island bridge. The vehicle landed upside down in eight feet of water. Kennedy got himself out, swam to shore and went to his hotel without telling anyone. Kopechne's lifeless body was found the next day by two local fishermen. The "great statesman" received a suspended sentence after being found guilty of "Leaving the Scene of an Accident."
Mary Jo Kopechne: 1940-1969