John F. Kennedy Jr.

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Person.png John F. Kennedy Jr.  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer)
John Kennedy Jr 1999.jpg
BornNovember 25, 1960
DiedJuly 16, 1999 ( (Age 38)
Cause of death
plane crash
NationalityUS
Alma materPhillips Academy, Brown University
Parents • John F. Kennedy
• Jacqueline Kennedy
Member ofKennedy family
Victim ofpremature death
Another promising Kennedy with a tragic end

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. (November 25, 1960 – July 16, 1999), often referred to as John-John or JFK Jr., was an American lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher. He was a son of the 35th President of the United States John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and a younger brother of Caroline Kennedy.

From his childhood years at the White House, Kennedy was the subject of much media scrutiny, and later became a popular social figure in Manhattan. Trained as a lawyer, he worked as a New York City assistant district attorney for almost four years. In 1995, he launched George magazine, using his political and celebrity status to publicize it. He died in a plane crash in 1999 at the age of 38. According to some accounts, at the time of his death, he was planning to join politics run for Senate, for the seat the Hillary Clinton wanted for herself.[1]

Plane Crash

On the evening of July 16, 1999, John died when the light aircraft he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. Kennedy's wife, Carolyn Bessette, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, were also on board and died. The single-engine Piper Saratoga had departed from New Jersey's Essex County Airport, and its intended route was along the coastline of Connecticut and across Rhode Island Sound to Martha's Vineyard Airport.[2]

Official Investigation

The official investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that Kennedy fell victim to spatial disorientation while he was descending over water at night and consequently lost control of his plane. Kennedy did not hold an instrument rating and therefore was only certified to fly under visual flight rules. At the time of the crash, the weather and light conditions were such that all basic landmarks were obscured, making visual flight challenging, although legally still permissible.

The regional director of the NTSB in charge of the investigation, Robert Pearce, later “briefed State Department officials and the Egyptian Ambassador in the wake of the EgyptAir Flight 990 crash [the jet plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after leaving JFK airport, with 33 high ranking Egyptian military officers on board, allegedly by the fault of a suicidal Egyptian co-pilot] as well as supported the FBI on scene at the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001.[3]

Problems with Investigation

John Hankey, an investigator who has focused much of his attention on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy found several curious points with the official investigation[4]

First, the radar data describing the path of Kennedy's plane showed that just as Kennedy was making his final approach to the Martha's Vineyard Airport, his plane, in the absence of any explosion or engine malfunction, suddenly plunged headfirst into the ocean, falling 2500 feet in 45 seconds. Secondly, the fuel selector valve on Kennedy's plane was found to have been turned to the off position.

An equally strange fact was that the fuel selector valve had been turned off requires an explanation that the official NTSB report did not provide. The fuel selector valve has two functions, one a pilot uses frequently and the other infrequently. The first and frequently used function is to tell the engine from which fuel tank to draw its fuel. Kennedy's airplane contained two 51-gallon fuel tanks, one in the right wing and the other in the left wing. Inasmuch as fuel is heavy, if the engine uses fuel from only one of the two wings, that wing becomes much lighter than the other wing and the airplane as a whole becomes lopsided. To avoid this unsafe weight distribution, a pilot sees to it that as his engine burns fuel, each tank still has approximately the same amount of fuel as the other tank. He does this by moving the switch on the fuel selector valve back and forth between the right tank and the left tank during the course of a flight.[5]

Unusual for a civilian accident, there were tight military control of all procedures following the tragedy, from the search and rescue missions to the news reporting, all conducted under national security standards. The search was done by military planes and vessels. The military immediately instituted in the hours after the crash a 17-nautical mile no-fly zone, and no entry zone, around the crash site. No civilians or media were allowed in this area until the bodies and wreckage were recovered.[6]

According to the Boston Globe, “the autopsies in the Kennedy case were performed especially quickly, pathologists said. The remains were taken to a Bourne hospital at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday night and released to the victims’ families at 11 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office and the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office. / Many jurisdictions refuse to perform autopsies at night, said Robert Kirschner, a former deputy chief medical examiner for Cook County, Ill. The haste in this case, he said, could lead to questions about the investigation’s thoroughness. … The timing of the Kennedy investigation, Kirschner said, makes it unlikely that pathologists performed autopsies on Carolyn Bessette Kennedy or Lauren Bessette. ‘You can’t possibly do three investigations in four hours,’ he said.”[7]

After the autopsies, the bodies were cremated in Duxbury’s cemetery crematorium, the first Kennedies, normally respectful of Catholic ritual, ever to have been cremated. Then their remains were taken aboard the Navy destroyer Briscoe, and scattered into the sea, near the place where they had found their death, allegedly because John, at age 39, had expressed “his wish” to be cremated.


 

Quotes by John F. Kennedy Jr.

PageQuoteDateSource
Ad hominem“When asked to address Duesberg’s announcements about the HIV/AIDS hypothesis, Gallo often dismissed Duesberg’s objections because, Gallo suggested, Duesberg was gay and/or mentally disturbed (Duesberg is straight, and sane): “[Duesberg] comes to meetings with guys with leather jackets and the hair and so on in the middle. I mean, that’s a little bit odd. Doesn’t it speak of something funny?””2021The Real Anthony Fauci
Robert GalloJohn Crewdson's 55,000-word exposé in the Chicago Tribune documenting Gallo's theft provided a withering portrait of Gallo as a sociopath and pathological liar who employed thieving felons to run his lab, a pirate enterprise engaged in pilfering money from the federal government and swiping discoveries from other scientists.”2021The Real Anthony Fauci
Hero image“His historical cultivation of relationships with gay leaders was one of the factors that made Dr. Fauci a darling of liberals during the early COVID crisis. Numerous other historical and personal factors induced liberals to accept Dr. Fauci without scrutiny. Blind faith in Saint Anthony Fauci may go down in history as the fatal flaw of contemporary liberalism and the destructive force that subverted American democracy, our constitutional government, and global leadership.”2021The Real Anthony Fauci
NeocolonialismBill Gates and Dr. Fauci offered biosecurity as the underlying rationale for their medical neocolonialism project. Paraphrasing the military's Cold War dogma, Gates and Dr. Fauci warned that if we didn’t stop the germs in Africa, we’d end up fighting them in New York and Los Angeles. They echoed, also, the hackneyed crusaders' narrative that they were rescuing the continent from famine, pestilence, and ignorance with superior know-how and breakthrough technologies.”2021The Real Anthony Fauci
University of California/Berkeley“Anthony Fauci’s uninterrupted flow of millions of dollars to its labs and med school had by the 1980s transformed Berkeley — a mecca for free speech in the 1960s — into an omphalos of reaction and medical heterodoxy. In a pioneering template for “cancel culture,” the university unceremoniously stripped Duesberg — then at the very top of his field — of everything: government funding, grad students, a proper lab, and invitations to conferences. Only his tenured position prevented Berkeley from ridding itself of the iconoclastic researcher altogether.”2021The Real Anthony Fauci
Wellcome Trust“a kind of hybridized British version of NIAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation2021The Real Anthony Fauci


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