The last Kennedy

Full coverage of the death of John F. Kennedy Jr.

By Salon Staff
July 23, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)
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Salon features

The "strange magic" of JFK Jr.

Something was going wrong in Kennedy's life before the plane crash, says Camille Paglia, who reflects on both the charisma and the emptiness of the son of the martyred president.

By Joan Walsh

(07/23/99)

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It could have been me

John F. Kennedy Jr. didn't make any serious judgment errors in his decision to fly to Martha's Vineyard on Friday night.

By Phaedra Hise

(07/22/99)

The Kennedy way of grief

Is the clan's Irish stoicism linked to its history of alcoholism, risk-taking and self-destruction?

By Joan Walsh

(07/22/99)

Letter from the Vineyard, Part 2

The news sinks in.

By William Mullins

(07/22/99)

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"No one ever called them Vineyarders"

Life on the island in the wake of JFK Jr.'s crash.

By William Mullins

(07/22/99)

Risky business

Albert Einstein and Evel Knievel were both looking for the same high.

By Michael Alvear

(07/22/99)

Who will carry the Kennedy torch?

The third generation of this legendary political family has underachieved to date, but would-be leaders are waiting in the wings.

By Jake Tapper

(07/21/99)

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What's in a name?

Upon the death of the scion of America's greatest political dynasty, a quick survey of American politics reminds us how much it helps to have a famous name.

By Bruce Shapiro

(07/21/99)

Graveyard spiral

Did bad judgment or bad luck doom JFK Jr.?

By Joan Walsh, Daryl Lindsey and Anthony York

(07/20/99)

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A pilot's story

A veteran flyer recalls her near-death experience in a private plane on the New England coast.

By Phaedra Hise

(07/20/99)

Famous for being famous

From his salute to his father through his career at George, JFK Jr.'s triumphs were mostly style over substance.

By Bill Wyman

(07/18/99)

Can George survive without JFK Jr.?

The star-struck political magazine was losing money, ads and readers even before its founder's tragic disappearance.

By Anthony York

(07/18/99)

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The beautiful and the damned

Much has been given to the Kennedys, and much has been taken away.

By Jake Tapper

(07/17/99)

Boy wonder

It wasn't just JFK Jr.'s looks that made him a sex symbol.

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

(07/17/99)

The last Kennedy

From the moment he was photographed as a three-year old saluting the coffin of his father, he had a place in America's collective heart.

By David Horowitz

(07/17/99)

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A good man, very fair, very witty, very loyal

While the world waits, Christopher Hitchens reflects on the life and career of John F. Kennedy Jr.

By Christopher Hitchens

(07/17/99)

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Hot Table Talk discussions

+ The end of
Camelot
Remembering John F. Kennedy Jr.

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+ Curious about
George
Can John F. Kennedy Jr.'s magazine survive without him?

+ A needle in a
haystack
How do you find someone who's lost at sea?

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From the wires

Kennedy memorial held in New York

President Clinton, Muhammad Ali and Wyclef Jean are among the mourners.

Associated Press

(07/23/99)

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Kennedy ashes released at sea

The families of JFK Jr. and the Bessette sisters spread their ashes near the site of the plane crash that claimed their lives.

Associated Press

(07/22/99)

Bodies taken to morgue
Autopsies of JFK Jr. and his doomed passengers are scheduled for Wednesday evening.

Reuters

(07/21/99)

Bessette family statement

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

Kennedy memorial set for Friday

The family plans a private service in a New York church.

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

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Kennedy authors mourn, then check their sales

From tragedy to Amazon.com's Hot 100 list.

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

"Their own special magic"

The text of Senator Edward Kennedy's statement on the death of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife andher sister.

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

NTSB: Kennedy plane fell fast

John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane dove faster than previously thought.

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

Bessette family issues statement

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

Clinton recalls JFK Jr.'s Washington visit

"I'm glad he had a chance to come back here one last time."

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

All three bodies found

Officials say the bodies of John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law have been located off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

Kennedy's body found inside wreckage

FK Jr.'s body has been located, but there was no immediate word on his wife or sister-in-law.

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

JFK Jr. memorial may be in New York

The Kennedy is speaking with a Roman Catholic church where other family functions have been held.

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

Early call to FAA wasn't followed

"It's not a big deal," the caller told the agency.

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

Media mourns Kennedy

For news personalities, J.F.K. Jr. was more than a story.

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

JFK Jr. was set to interview Reno

He wanted to pose questions to the Attorney General for a fall issue of his magazine, George, focusing on women in politics.

Associated Press

(07/21/99)

Burial site measured for Kennedy

A waiver from President Clinton would allow the remains of John F. Kennedy Jr. to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery

Associated Press

(07/20/99)

Divers scour sea floor for Kennedy plane

The Navy's underwater search continues this afternoon for JFK Jr.'s vanished plane.

Associated Press

(07/20/99)

Kennedy plane plunged into sea

The Kennedy family lowers the flag to half-staff after learning new crash details.

Associated Press

(07/20/99)

Divers searching for Kennedy plane

The underwater search focuses on two locations discovered by a sonar-equipped research vessel.

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

Delay placed JFK Jr. at risk

Flight experts say it was ill-advised for Kennedy to fly at night.

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

Obit: John F. Kennedy Jr.

The second child and first son of Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy, he embodied the family mystique while forging his own identity as a prosecutor and publisher.

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

Obit: Lauren G. Bessette

A financial executive at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, she was also the sister-in-law of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

Obit: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

Once a fashion publicist for Calvin Klein, she brought along her own mystique when she joined the Kennedy family.

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

Authorities say Kennedy likely dead

The Coast Guard calls off rescue and focuses instead on recovering the missing plane.

Associated Press

(07/19/99)

Emergency signal near crash site

Searchers refocus the Kennedy search after picking up an emergency beacon signal.

Associated Press

(07/18/99)

Clinton offers prayers for Kennedys

The president publicly mourns the likely demise of the Kennedy family's golden son.

Associated Press

(07/18/99)

Search for JFK Jr. continues

The Kennedys stayed near their Hyannis Port home on the second day of the search for John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife and her sister.

Associated Press

(07/18/99)

More plane debris washes ashore

Beachcombers yield foam insulation and part of an airplane headrest, but no signs of the passengers' fate.

Associated Press

(07/18/99)

Search resumes for Kennedy plane

More than a day after the disappearance, hope dims for survivors.

Associated Press

(07/18/99)

Bessette was also a child of privilege

Kennedy's wife became an instant tabloid queen as half of one of the nation's most beautiful couples.

Associated Press

(07/17/99)

Kennedy neighbors react to news

A happy family gathering turns into a mournful one as hopes wane about the fate John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Associated Press

(07/17/99)

Plane debris found off Martha's Vineyard

Investigators still will not confirm it is from the plane flown by John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Associated Press

(07/17/99)

Search for JFK Jr. Plane Under Way

"The aircraft was due to arrive at Martha's Vineyard around 10 p.m. and was later expected to fly to Hyannisport for a family wedding."

Associated Press

(07/17/99)

JFK Jr.'s Plane Reported Missing

Associated Press

(07/17/99)


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