The Kennedy Curse Runs Even Deeper Than You Know

The United States of America has never had a monarchy. Once the Declaration of Independence was delivered to King George, the U.S. decided that no royal family would ever represent them, ever again. And that has remained the status quo ever since, well, unless of course you include the Kennedy family. Though, they are not actual royalty, they have long been considered America’s unofficial “royal” family.

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There has always been a mystique surrounding them, as people clamored to soak up every aspect of the lives of this American family. When JFK was the president, people everywhere loved him, flocking to every event he was speaking at, and hanging off of his every word. And when he was publicly assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, the country mourned as one.

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As popular as the Kennedys are with the American people, they have tried to stay out of the headlines these last couple of decades. It seems that every time we hear about a Kennedy family member in the media, it is because another tragedy has befallen a member of their bloodline.

Four members of their family have died tragically before their time, and others have gone through awful experiences. There are also a lot of secrets in the Kennedy family closet, questions that that have gone unanswered (and sometimes unasked) for several decades.

A Journalist Believed She’d Discovered The Truth Behind JFK’s Murder, Then She Turned Up Dead

You probably remember Dorothy Kilgallen from the show What’s my Line?. No, it’s not an early version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. This show was a long-running panel game show where celebrities would ask a contestant questions so they could guess his or her line of work.

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The night before she was murdered, Kilgallen appeared on the show and correctly guessed the occupation of a mystery guess. It’s these keen investigative skills that most likely got her killed.

Dorothy Kilgallen was an investigative reporter, who had been working for 18 months on gathering information on the JFK assassination.

“I’m going to break the real story and have the biggest scoop of the century,” she told her ­lawyer.

Kilgallen and Kennedy were close friends, so when he died she took it very personally.

“The American people have just lost a beloved president,” she wrote in her column. “It’s a dark chapter in our history, but we have the right to read every word of it.”

Kilgallen was killed just two weeks before a meeting with a secret informant, referring to the gathering as “very cloak and daggerish.”  The journalist always believed that theories of Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone were “laughable.” She kept digging, pissing off then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover when she obtained and published the testimony of Jack Ruby, who shot Oswald at Dallas police headquarters. Kilgallen never released her source, saying “I’d rather die than reveal the source.”

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“If the wrong people knew what I know about the JFK assassination, it would cost me my life,” Kilgallen said to a close friend.

Little did she know, she was right.