RIP Mary Jo Kopechne;
july 18, 1969 in edgartown, massachusetts, united states. twenty eight year old mary jo, an ex-campaigner for senator robert kennedy, met the former’s brother ted at a political celebration on chappaquiddick island. though she barely knew him, she accepted his offer of a ride back to the ferry. mary jo did not tell anyone that she was leaving the party at all, let alone who she was traveling with, and she left her purse and keys behind on the island. en route to the ferry, mary jo and ted crashed the car into a pond from which ted escaped and mary jo did not. ted only informed authorities of his involvement after the car and mary jo’s body were located, though he passed several houses and opportunities to call for police or medical help. mary jo’s death was officially ruled as drowning and/or suffocation. ted was found guilty of a hit-and-run.