When we think about the Kennedy Family, we automatically think of the assassinations of JFK & RFK Robert (Bobby) Francis Kennedy. We don't necessarily think of all the other tragedies that have befallen this family over approximately the last 75 years:
1941 - Rosemary Kennedy, who is mentally ill, is institutionalized following a failed lobotomy. She is the eldest Kennedy daughter of Joseph & Rose & sister of JFK.
1944 - Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the oldest Kennedy son, & brother of JFK, dies in a plane crash over the English Channel during World War II. The pilot was 29 at the time of his death. He was being groomed for the presidency.
1948 - Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish, sister of JFK, dies in a plane crash in France at age 28. Her husband, William John Robert Cavendish, the Marquess of Hartington, died in World War II.
1956 - Arabella Kennedy, daughter of JFK & Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, was still born.
1963 - Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, the second son of President John F Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, dies on August 7, two days after he was born almost six weeks premature.
President John F. Kennedy is assassinated on Nov. 22 in Dallas. He was 46.
1964 - Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the youngest Kennedy child, brother of JFK, escapes death in a plane crash that claims an aide, Edward Moss.
1968 - Robert F. Kennedy, brother of JFK, is assassinated on June 5 in Los Angeles.
The 42 year old had just won California's Democratic presidential primary election.
1969 - Edward M. Kennedy, brother of JFK, drives off a bridge on his way home from a party on Massachusetts' Chappaquiddick Island. Mary Jo Kopechne, an aide who was in the car with him, dies in the accident.
1973 - Edward M. Kennedy, the senator's son, loses his right leg to cancer.
Joseph P. Kennedy 2nd, the son of Robert and Ethel, is the driver in a car accident on Cape Cod that leaves one passenger permanently paralyzed.
1984 - David A. Kennedy, 4th son of Robert, dies of a drug overdose in a Palm Beach, Florida, hotel. He was 28. Note RFK had 11 children.
1986 - Patrick Kennedy, the teenage (2nd) son of Sen. Edward Kennedy, undergoes treatment for cocaine addiction.
1991 - William Kennedy Smith, the son of Jean Kennedy Smith (the 8th of 9 children born to Joseph & Rose Kennedy & therefore JFK's sister), is accused of raping a woman at the family's Palm Beach, Florida, vacation home. He is tried and acquitted.
1997 - Michael Kennedy, the 6th son of Robert, dies in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. He was 39. Prior to the accident, Michael made headlines for allegedly having a long-term affair with his children's babysitter.
1999 - John F. Kennedy, Jr.(eldest son of JFK), his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and his sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, die when their plane crashes in the waters off Martha's Vineyard, Ma. Kennedy was flying the Piper Saratoga plane that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean.
2002 - Michael Skakel, nephew of Ethel Kennedy(widow of RFK), was found guilty in June by a Connecticut jury of the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley. Skakel was 15 when Moxley, also 15, was found bludgeoned to death outside her Greenwich, Conn., home. Skakel was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison in August.
2005 - Rosemary Kennedy (JFK's sister) dies on January 7 in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, at age 86.
2008 - Sen. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy (JFK's brother) is diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor on May 20.
2009 - Sen. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy dies on August 25. His sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, died two weeks earlier, on August 11. Eunice's daughter, Maria Shriver, NBC TV News journalist who was married to California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
2011 - Kara Kennedy, the daughter of Sen. Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy dies on September 16 of a heart attack. She was 51. Kennedy was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2002.
2012 - Mary Richardson Kennedy, the 52-year-old estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.(3rd child of RFK), is found dead in the barn of her Bedford, N.Y., home. She died of an apparent suicide.
It is unbelievable that all of this can happen to one family.
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