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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The Kennedy Curse is a presumed curse attributed by some to the Kennedy family.


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

  • December 19, 1961 - Joseph P. Kennedy, the family patriarch, suffered a greatly disabling stroke which made movement and communication extremely difficult and limited until his death.
  • 1964 - Senator Ted Kennedy, the youngest of the original Kennedy children, nearly dies in a plane crash which takes the life of an aide, Edward Moss.
  • 1973 - Joseph P. Kennedy II, son of Robert and Ethel, is the driver in a Cape Cod car accident that leaves one passenger permanently paralyzed.
  • 1988 - Christina Onassis, step-daughter of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of drug abuse-related heart failure.
  • 2002 - Michael Skakel, nephew of Robert, is convicted in the 1975 murder of teenage neighbor Martha Moxley.

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