Just days after a dramatic retelling of the fatal incident hit movie screens, RadarOnline.com can also reveal a notorious Kennedy family fixer was in the car — and Kopechne was killed to prevent her baby from ever drawing a single breath and to save his presidential ambitions.
“Mary Jo was pregnant by the senator,” claimed a source, who has doggedly investigated the young campaign worker’s tragic death on July 18, 1969. “For a long time, I was very nervous and afraid about coming forward. When Ted Kennedy died, I breathed a sigh of relief.”
The private investigator, who agreed to speak to Radar only on the condition of anonymity, said she was terrified to break her silence for fear Kennedy’s hatchet men would target her, as they had Kopechne.
In yet another bombshell, her investigation also revealed David Powers, a man infamous for pulling strings to keep the Kennedys out of trouble, was with 28-year-old Kopechne and Kennedy in his four-door Oldsmobile.
“They were all in the car when it went off the bridge. Ted was driving, and David Powers helped cover this up!” said the source.
For years, Powers was best known for arranging orgies between Kennedy’s brother John F. Kennedy and his legendary mistress, Mafia moll Judith Campbell Exner.
Kennedy followed Powers to the grave on Aug. 25, 2009, at the age of 77 — 11 years after his loyal bagman passed.
Curiously, no official autopsy was performed on Kopechne’s body and her family rushed her into the grave only a single day after her death.
However, a coroner did conduct a post-mortem — and discovered the pregnancy, another insider claimed to Radar.
Kopechne’s pregnancy was also hushed up by Kennedy fixers, creating the most scandalous cover-up ever orchestrated by Camelot.
As Radar previously reported, secret and long-buried FBI files revealed Kennedy callously left Kopechne to suffocate inside an air pocket in the submerged sedan after it hit the water.
At an inquest following the incident, Ted testified water was rushing in on all sides of the car. But the FBI file quoted the “young local mortician” who prepared Kopechne’s body for burial as telling an investigator her corpse betrayed none of the telltale signs of a drowning victim.
What’s more, the diver who recovered her lifeless body, John Farrar, testified at the inquest he believed Kopechne survived inside the car in an air pocket for three to four hours and could have been saved if Kennedy hadn’t waited ten hours to summon help.
Kopechne became a household name after attending a late-night party that Kennedy hosted at a cottage on Chappaquiddick Island on the eastern end of Martha’s Vineyard for the so-called “Boiler Room” girls.
The young, politically ambitious women — all unattached — had worked for the presidential campaign of Kennedy’s brother Bobby the previous year.
Six men, including Kennedy, were known to be in attendance, all of them married. Powers was also there — but that fact was covered up during the inquest, according to the source.
Kopechne, a pretty blonde with Doris Day-like hair, a slight build of about 110 pounds and the prim manner of a devout Catholic girl, was apparently held in high regard by Kennedy.
After they left the party together, they allegedly detoured to an island lovers’ lane.
That’s when Kennedy purposefully plunged the Olds into the water, and Powers worked his diabolical magic to cover up the crime, the investigator told Radar.
Although the local district attorney petitioned to have Kopechne’s body exhumed, her parents and Kennedy opposed this measure. Kennedy had already paid them $90,000 and an insurance company kicked in $50,000 more.
But her anguished parents came to regret the decision.
Radar can now reveal the guilt-ridden politician visited Kopechne’s mom and dad after having hinted he was going to reveal all.
“Ted led us to believe he was going to explain what really happened. But when the time came, after plenty of small talk, he said he just couldn’t talk about it,” said Kopechne’s mother, Gwen. “It was very puzzling. Twice he couldn’t talk about how our daughter died.”
The mother said she hated how “nothing decent” was reported about Kopechne after her death, and the other “Boiler Room” gals did nothing to explain how her daughter ended up in Kennedy’s car.
“I’m angry at every one of those girls,” she said. “They should try to explain. Somebody is hiding something. I think all of them were shut up. I think there was a big cover-up and that everybody was paid off. The hearing, the inquest — it was all a farce. The Kennedys had the upper hand, and it’s been that way ever since!”
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