Kennedy tragedies

Kennedy tragedies

The Kennedy tragedies,[1][2][3] colloquially called the Kennedy Curse, is a term sometimes used to describe a series of tragedies involving members of the Kennedy family.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Many of the tragedies have been caused by preventable reckless choices like driving drunk, piloting an airplane under unsafe conditions, or choosing such relatively dangerous careers as military service or politics. If such events are subtracted from the Kennedy family record, what remains resembles a more ordinary table of events likely to occur in such a large family, such as cancer or pregnancy miscarriage. The notion of a curse is superstitious and was created and is fostered by the news media.[9][10]


Believers in the curse generally cite the following core events as evidence of the family's misfortunes:


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  2. ^ a b "Kennedy family tragedies". Tribune Company.,0,5261652.graphic. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  3. ^ a b McGrory, Brian (1999-07-18). "Family overshadowed by a litany of tragedy". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Klein, Edward (2004). The Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780312312930. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Jones, Sam; Tran, Mark (2009-08-26). "History of the Kennedy curse". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "The Kennedy Curse". The Hartford Courant.,0,1958578.photogallery. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  7. ^ a b "Is Pat's Crash Part of Kennedy Curse?". ABC News. 2006-05-05. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  8. ^ Lacayo, Richard (2009-08-26). "Ted Kennedy, 1932–2009: The Brother Who Mattered Most". Time.,8599,1918758,00.html?cnn=yes. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  9. ^ Grady, Sandy (1999-07-22). "There is no Kennedy curse; it's actually too much macho". Rome News-Tribune.,5772560. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  10. ^ "Kennedy curse". The Skeptic's Dictionary. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 
  11. ^ a b c d e King, John (1999-07-17). "Tragedy has repeatedly stalked Kennedy clan". CNN. Retrieved 2008-02-15. .
  12. ^ Arabella Kennedy (1956–1956) - Find A Grave Memorial
  13. ^ "'Grief, Fear, Doubt, Panic'—And Guilt". Newsweek. 1969-08-04. Retrieved 2009-08-26. [dead link]
  14. ^ Kennedy, Ted (2009). The Kennedys (TV-series). American Experience, WGBH-TV. 

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