Kennedy curse

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The Kennedy curse is invoked to describe a series of misfortunes (known as the Kennedy family tragedies)[1][2][3] involving members of the powerful and celebrated Kennedy family of the United States of America.[3][4][5][6][7][8] Skeptics have argued that many of the events are normal, and it is not improbable that a large extended family would experience them.[9][10]


There are many stories about the placing of the curse on the Kennedy family. Some accounts have the curse originating with the fleeing of European Jews during World War II and of Joe, Sr.'s anti-Semitism. Other accounts have the curse originating in Ireland by disgruntled countrymen or spirits angered with Kennedy patriarch, Thomas Fitzgerald.[citation needed]


Believers in the curse generally cite the following events as evidence of the family's misfortunes:


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  2. ^ Carr, Pat; Hulteng, Lee. "Kennedy Family Tragedies". The Courant (Hartford, CT). Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c McGrory, Brian (July 18, 1999). "Family Overshadowed by a Litany of Tragedy". The Boston Globe. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Klein, Edward (2004). The Kennedy Curse: Why Tragedy Has Haunted America's First Family for 150 Years. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-31293-0. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jones, Sam; Tran, Mark (August 26, 2009). "History of the Kennedy Curse". The Guardian (London). Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
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  7. ^ a b "Is Pat's Crash Part of Kennedy Curse?". Good Morning America (ABC News). May 5, 2006. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  8. ^ Lacayo, Richard (August 26, 2009). "Ted Kennedy, 1932–2009: The Brother Who Mattered Most". Time. Retrieved August 26, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Kennedy Curse". The Skeptic's Dictionary. Retrieved August 29, 2009. 
  10. ^ O'Dowd, Niall (September 18, 2011). "Talk of a Kennedy Curse Is Nonsense, Latest Death of Kara Revives Idle Chatter". IrishCentral. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f King, John (July 17, 1999). "Tragedy Has Repeatedly Stalked Kennedy Clan". CNN. Retrieved February 15, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i Negrin, Matt (May 16, 2012). "Kennedy Curse: A Political Family's Troubled Life". ABC News. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Arabella Kennedy (1956–1956)". Find A Grave Memorial. 
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  15. ^ "'Grief, Fear, Doubt, Panic'—And Guilt". Newsweek. August 4, 1969. 
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  17. ^ "After 11 Years in Prison, Skakel Goes Free on Bail". The New York Times (New York). November 21, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ Dunne, Dominick (March 1992). "The Verdict". Vanity Fair. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  19. ^ Goddard, Jacqui (September 17, 2011). "Kara Kennedy Dies Aged 51". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ "'I'm So Grateful I Have Those Memories': Joan Kennedy Remembers Last Summer with Daughter Kara Before She Died". The Daily Mail (London). September 21, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  21. ^ "RFK Jr.'s Troubled Estranged Wife Found Dead in NY". Google News. Associated Press. May 16, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Kerry Kennedy Says Seizure, not Drugs, Caused Driving Accident". Chicago Tribune. July 17, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Kerry Kennedy Found Not Guilty of Drugged Driving in New York". New York: WNBC-TV. February 28, 2014. Retrieved May 16, 2014.