It's been 38 years since the body of Mary Jo Kopechne was discovered at the bottom of Poucha Pond after Ted Kennedy drove his mama's Oldsmobile off a bridge the night before:
Although there was a telephone at the Lawrence Cottage, nobody called for help. When their efforts to rescue Kopechne failed, Kennedy decided to return to his hotel. However, the Edgartown-Chappaquiddick ferry (which connects Chappaquiddick to the rest of the island) had shut down for the night. Kennedy swam across the 500-foot channel, back to Edgartown.
The next morning, the police recovered Kennedy's car and the body of Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy discussed the accident with several people, including his lawyer and Kopechne's parents, before discussing it with the police the next morning. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning, and no autopsy was performed.
38 years later, Ted Kennedy is the "conscience of American liberalism."
America is a great country indeed.