So he claimed in his memoirs:
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy wrote in a memoir being published this month that he made terrible decisions after the 1969 car crash that killed Mary Jo Kopechne, but said he was never romantically involved with her and was haunted by that night for his entire life.
He also wrote in "True Compass" that he accepted the conclusion that a lone gunman assassinated his brother President John F. Kennedy.
The memoir is to be published Sept. 14 by Twelve, a division of the Hachette book group. The 532-page book was obtained early by The New York Times and the New York Daily News.
In it, Kennedy said his actions on Chappaquiddick Island on July 18, 1969, were "inexcusable." He said he was afraid and "made terrible decisions" and had to live with the guilt for more than four decades.
Kennedy drove off a bridge into a pond. He swam to safety, leaving Kopechne in the car.
Kopechne, a worker with slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's campaign, was found dead in the submerged car's back seat 10 hours later. Kennedy, then 37, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and got a suspended sentence and probation.
After Ted Kennedy's passing the liberal media tried to paint him as a saint, whitewashing his legacy while treating Mary Jo Kopechne's death as nothing more than a blip on the screen that got in the way of Kennedy possibly becoming President. Indeed, the leftist Huffington Post writer Melissa Lafsky even went so far as to callously suggest that Kopechne may've thought her being left to die was "worth" Kennedy's future work. But if his memoirs are to be taken factually, funny that Ted kennedy turns out to be a much more honest person than the people who worshipped him.