Episode 1: 'Scandalous: Chappaquiddick' Revisits Mysterious Death of Mary Jo Kopechne
Season 2 of "Scandalous" offers a riveting look back at the mysterious events surrounding the July 1969 death of a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne in the quiet Martha's Vineyard village of Chappaquiddick.
Narrated by acclaimed actor Bruce McGill, "Scandalous: Chappaquiddick" will examine the details of a deadly accident that would tarnish the political career of Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy.
Viewers will hear the story as told from the perspective of many of those involved, along with the journalists who covered it. Using archival footage and records, never-before seen photos, as well as new interviews with those involved, the show revisits the daily twists and turns of the murky drama, nearly 50 years after it captivated the world.
On the first episode, "The Bridge," we look back at the fateful night, when Senator Kennedy threw a summertime party to honor staffers that had worked on his late brother Bobby Kennedy’s campaign for president.
The party took place as the astronauts of Apollo 11 raced towards the moon to fulfill the promise of Kennedy's other brother, late President John F. Kennedy. However, the celebratory night ended up being overshadowed by a mysterious late-night car accident.
Senator Kennedy had left the party with former campaign staffer Mary Jo Kopechne, 28. The next morning, Kennedy’s car -- and Mary Jo’s body -- were discovered submerged in the water off a small one-lane bridge.
The senator was not able to explain why he didn’t call for help or report the accident to police. As the worldwide media descended on Chappaquiddick, Senator Kennedy hunkered down in the family compound in Hyannis Port, scrambling to save his name.