The Kennedys and a Cover-Up: The Bizarre True Story of Chappaquiddick

Scandal works in mysterious ways.

It can alternately make people famous forever or relegate them to the dustbin of relevance. Give them an indelible mark next to their names for posterity or, at the end of the day, just serve as a blip in a life story.

But either way, scandal has a long shelf life. A story’s timeliness can actually bounce around from era to era, hiding in plain sight for years before it’s determined that it’s a story that needs revisiting. And now seems to be the time that every crime, misstep and mystery is primed for a retelling, with Hollywood cranking out project after project to satiate a public more eager than ever to find answers to the questions of “why?” and “how?” 

Starting tomorrow the film Chappaquiddick, starring Jason Clarke as Sen. Edward Kennedy, looks to shed some light on a truly bizarre chapter in, not just the teeming Kennedy family history, but in American history in general. The story of the accident that occurred on July 19, 1969, and its aftermath is one for the ages, but at the time it had to share a news cycle with not only the Apollo 11 moon landing the next day, but the murders of Sharon Tate and six others by the Manson family barely three weeks later.

Chappa-what?