The Kennedy Curse (Complete With Works Cited)

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Often referred to as "America's Family," the Kennedy clan is one that has everyone, including scientists, sociologists, biographers, and the world, fascinated. They are a family struck by tragedy, with almost ten deaths and numerous tragedies plaguing them throughout their lives. With so many unfortunate events occurring within one family, it leaves us to wonder: Is the Kennedy family cursed? Edward Klein, author of the best seller "The Kennedy Curse", says:
You know, as far I could look, as hard as I could look, I couldn't find a single family that had suffered as many calamities as the Kennedys, unless you go all the way back to Greek mythology and the House of Atreus. Since John Kennedy, the president, was assassinated in 1963, Kennedys and those associated with them have been dying at the rate of one every two years (CNN).

Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald has nine children during their marriage: Joseph Jr., John, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Robert, Jean, and Edward (Child). Out of these nine children, only four are still alive and well (relatively speaking) today. Joseph, Sr. had expected his sons to prepare for public life and his daughters to be ready for marriage to distinguished men who would become "naturalized" Kennedys. He had expected his eldest son to be the first Kennedy to run for public office, but young Joe was killed in action in Suffolk, England on August 12, 1944 at the age of 29 (BBC). He was the first of Joseph and Rose's children to suffer an early death. Kathleen Agnes Kennedy, the couple's fifth child, died at age 28 on May 13, 1948 in a plane crash in France (Child). Perhaps both of these deaths appear to be tragic accidents, and most likely they were; however, these misfortunes were only the beginning, and the next Kennedy to be killed was arguably the most famous, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
After his brother Joseph's death, John had been prepared by his father to run for president and achieve his dream of having a "Kennedy Dynasty." JFK's assassination has puzzled detectives and conspiracy theorists for decades, and with good reason. Many believe that his death from "the magic bullet" shot (or the four bullets, depending on which report) by Lee Harvey Oswold on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas were not a fluke at all.
Not five years after his brother was shot in Dallas, Robert Francis Kennedy ("Bobby" to most) was shot in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968 by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. Robert Kennedy had just finished delivering a speech to his supporters of his Democratic campaign for President when he was shot at four times with the fourth bullet...

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