11:30 AM EDT 02/25/2014
Originally posted 02/02/1999 12:00AM
While America sat glued to TV and computer monitors this weekend, hoping against hope that John Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette were still alive, the rest of the world, too, focused its attention on the search for the missing plane, lost off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. In Ireland (the Kennedy family's ancestral home) state TV and radio channel RTE ordered its Washington correspondent to go to Massachusetts to cover what it described as a tragedy for "the Irish-American political dynasty." In Israel Kennedy's disappearance and presumed death was the top story on all radio and TV reports and in the daily newspapers. This morning lengthy obituaries and accounts of the string of tragedies that have befallen America's most famous family ran in newspapers from Britain to Japan, most of the accounts accompanied by photos, including the famous image of the 3-year-old John-John saluting at his father's funeral.
Originally posted 02/01/1999 12:00AM
The ashes of John F. Kennedy Jr. were scattered at sea Thursday morning, along with those of the other two victims of last Friday night's plane crash, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and her sister Lauren Bessette. The burial at sea, the latest step in a tragedy that has gripped the nation for nearly a week, was handled in the waters off Cape Cod from aboard the USS Briscoe, a 563-foot Navy destroyer.
Originally posted 01/26/1999 12:00AM
Finding the fatal wreckage of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s private plane off the coast of Martha's Vineyard has cost taxpayers more than $500,000, according to government and private estimates. President Clinton himself has taken responsibility for authorizing the extraordinary effort to recover the private plane. He based it on the Kennedy family's role "in our national lives and because of the enormous losses that they have sustained in our lifetimes." Some of the costs:
Originally posted 01/14/1999 12:00AM
The mother of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and Lauren Bessette left open the option Thursday to sue over the plane crash that killed her daughters and John F. Kennedy Jr. Ann M. Freeman of Old Greenwich, Conn., filed a petition in State Surrogate's Court in Manhattan to distribute existing assets totaling less than $1 million and any money that might be produced from lawsuits. The court papers said there may be "personal injury and wrongful death claims against persons and parties as yet unknown" arising from the July 16, 1999, crash.
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