Secrets of the Kennedy clan: from drugs to deathsPictolic
The Kennedy clan is one of the most powerful families of America. According to the degree of influence compare them with the British monarchy. Power — a heavy burden. Not every generation Kennedy was successful. Members of famous families have occupied key government posts. Sometimes the family had suffered a great shock. The Kennedy family was a "white crow", "black sheep" or just losers.
The highest achievement of the clan was the victory of John Kennedy in the presidential election of the United States in 1960. Brilliant result — not an accident. Father and grandfather John were great politicians. First, Joe Kennedy was on the short leg with Franklin Roosevelt. The grandfather, Joseph Kennedy, was a Congressman from Massachusetts. Relatives on the maternal line has also held prominent political posts.
The marriage of the parents of John Kennedy led to the formation of an influential clan. Rose and Joe had nine children. They predicted a bright future. There were no signs of trouble. However, not all the children were diligent and docile. Unfortunately, almost all the brothers and sisters had been expecting a tragic fate. It was rumored that the family had incurred the curse.
The founder of the clan, Joe Kennedy was close with Franklin Roosevelt. As a reward for a successful campaign, he led the Maritime Commission and the Stock exchange. The second world war revealed the hidden essence of his nature.
It turns out that Joe Kennedy was no stranger to Hitler's beliefs. He saw the benefits of the Nazi economy, was an anti-Semite. What fell into disgrace and was forced to resign. However, Franklin Roosevelt expressed his condolences over the death of JFK, Jr. on the front.
Rosemary Kennedy was the "black sheep", which did not meet the standards of the clan. She was a year younger than John Kennedy. For 23 years she managed to deliver a lot of trouble to the famous family. While the contentious nature was treated with lobotomy. Rosemary was lucky she turned into a vegetable. After the lobotomy she was unable to care for themselves. Rosemary has far outlived brothers and sisters. True, most of life spent in a psychiatric hospital.
Not all influential representatives of the clan are fortunate enough to live to old age. In this family often died young. A series of deaths began in 1944 when killed in action Joseph Kennedy. During a secret operation to destroy German bunkers his plane exploded over Britain. He was 29 years old.
The younger sister of John, Kathleen had a capricious nature. In spite of your parents has married a British aristocrat. Kathleen Kennedy became a widow at 24. Four years later, she went on a fateful journey with a married lover. Their plane crashed. She was 28 years old. Still in the Kennedy family is not accepted to remember the name of Kathleen.
John has built a promising career of a politician. He became the 35th President of the United States. The American people loved him, however, the politician made a lot of enemies. In 1963 in Dallas unknown made attempt on John Kennedy. He died at the age of 46. The investigation has stalled. His younger brother Robert was a Senator. In 1968 he also became a victim of assassination. Robert died in 42 years.
Ted Kennedy lived a lot longer than older brothers, became a Senator of Massachusetts. He got cancer of the brain is not able to cope with the disease. In 2009, Ted Kennedy died. He was 77 years old. Misery spared their sister, Jean Kennedy. She became a diplomat, was Ambassador to Ireland. Jean survived all his brothers and sisters. Now she is 90 years old.
Loss powerful clan spread to the next generation. John and Jacqueline Kennedy had difficulties in procreation. First was a miscarriage, then the birth of a premature baby. After many attempts the family born girl and boy. Daughter Caroline was turned 61. Son John crashed his private plane in 1999. He was at the wheel and lost control. The plane crashed into the ocean. Together with him flew a cousin with a daughter.
The son of Senator Robert Kennedy David suffer from drug addiction. In 1984, he died from an overdose. David was 28 years old. The premature death of the second son of Senator Michael. In 1997, he crashed on the ski slope. Michael was 39 years old.
John Kennedy was fond of unrestrained women. Among the countless mistresses was striptizersha blaze Starr, actress Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe. In this long list — the Secretary's wife, gangsters, the Swedish aristocrat, Intern at the White house. The 35th President of the United States was illegible in loving relationships.
Jacqueline Kennedy tried to keep up appearances. Few people knew about her encounters with younger brother wife of Robert. Thus, who became a Senator and victim of an assassination attempt. First, Jacqueline lost her husband, then lover. A new relationship with the shipping magnate was a continuation of the old affair. She met Aristotle Onassis to spite Robert. The relationship developed into a "civil marriage" and lasted until 1975.
Even as a child, the future 35th President of the United States had all the childhood diseases: from measles to whooping cough. He removed the appendicitis. John Kennedy suffered from back pain due to military back injury. In 1954 he underwent surgery on the spine, after which he fell into a coma. During the long rehabilitation John Kennedy worked on the book "Profiles in courage". Later his talent was awarded the Pulitzer prize.
As President, John Kennedy suffered the whole bouquet of diseases. In his medical history included Addison's disease, allergies, stomach ulcers, urinary tract infection. Sometimes he felt a sharp change of mood, disorientation. There is a theory that disease played a trick on him during the attack. The President wore a special corset for the spine. If his back was more flexible, it would not fall under the second bullet.
Powerful family hiding a lot of secrets. Writer Jerry Oppenheimer wrote about the dark side of the clan in the book about Robert Kennedy. Nephew of the deceased President Robert F. Kennedy had a career in the judicial system of the state. He was an assistant district attorney. Robert had to rescue a cousin of William, when he was tried for rape. Prior to this, the assistant Prosecutor had discredited themselves caught in possession of heroin. Robert lightly. The court ordered him to community service.