10 women Ted Kennedy didn’t kill 44 years ago today

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Forty-four years ago on July 18, 1969, Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Ted Kennedy drove himself and and passenger Mary Jo Kopechne off a bridge and into a tidal channel on Chappaquiddick Island after a party. Kennedy was able to get out of the car and swim to safety. Unfortunately, he showed no concern for Ms. Kopechne. Instead, he went home, showered and slept — and in the morning called a friend and two lawyers.

After more than nine hours, he called police.

The diver who found Ms. Kopechne said that she could have been rescued if the police had been alerted earlier. She hadn’t drowned, but survived in an air pocket in the car. She died because she ran out of oxygen. Because Kennedy was focused on damage control, he didn’t make the phone call that would have saved the young woman’s life.

The Kennedy brothers have a long, sordid past of affairs and tragedies. Here are 10 women they were allegedly involved with whose lives were spared that night.

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