NEW YORK – After the violent deaths of his brothers, the youngest Kennedy, Teddy, lived under constant threat that he too would meet an assassin’s bullet. As he put it bluntly, “They’re going to shoot my ass off the way they shot off Bobby’s.”
We are learning more about these threats, as the FBI has released 2,352 pages from its file on the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
The new file is dominated by investigations of threats against Ted Kennedy, who died Aug. 25 at age 77. “These threats originated from multiple sources, including individuals, anonymous persons, and members of radical groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, ‘Minutemen’; organizations, and the National Socialist White People’s Party,” the FBI said. “The file also contains threats from individuals angered by Kennedy’s stance on politics in Northern Ireland and allegations of an alleged Mafia plot to kill President Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy.”