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The Kennedy Crash: Grief and disbelief as US mourns strange death of its favourite son

SQUARE-JAWED in his state ranger's hat, Captain Robert Bird was still not ready to concede what the rest of America had already, reluctantly, concluded - that 36 hours after it vanished from radar screens 19 miles off Martha's Vineyard, the small Piper plane belonging to John F Kennedy Jnr was unlikely to surrender any survivors. "This is still classified as a search and rescue operation," he said without emotion.

The The Kennedy Crash: Humble scion of a dynasty addicted to dangerous living

JOHN FITZGERALD Kennedy Junior was not "America's Crown Prince, reaching for the stars", as one New York celebrity commentator called him. Nor is his (presumed) death in an air crash "comparable to the death of Diana".

Death, drugs, scandal: how the `camelot' clan was afflicted by tragedy

1941 Rosemary Kennedy, sister of president-to-be John F Kennedy, is placed in a mental institution after a lobotomy operation goes tragically wrong.

America stunned by the loss of JFK's only son

THEY HAD come to the Kennedy estate at Hyannisport to celebrate a wedding; instead, they found themselves preparing for a funeral. Once again, at what should have been one of its most joyous moments, America's premier political family found itself struck by tragedy.

Kennedy's coffin was dumped in Atlantic

THE US government went to extraordinary lengths to hide the coffin that carried the body of President John F Kennedy back to Washington, according to previously secret documents to be released tomorrow. They dumped the bronze casket from an aircraft in 9,000 feet of water off the coast, apparently with every intention that it should never be recovered.

Football: Rich elite ignore the crisis at grassroots

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Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century 27: Ann-Margret, Actor

IT ISN'T every actress who can survive a movie that requires her to writhe around under the overcooked direction of Ken Russell. For Glenda Jackson the shame was clearly so great she became an MP. But Ann-Margret, who - for no immediately apparent reason - is made to disport herself in a bath-tub of baked beans in Russell's ineffable version of The Who's Tommy in 1975, came through the experience with her customary serenity.

Crisis In Washington: Uncharted waters ahead for Clinton in Senate

THE DISPUTATIOUS and bitterly partisan House of Representatives having fulfilled its constitutional duty, America's other and very different legislative chamber began to prepare the ground yesterday for its own decisive role in the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Crisis in Washington: Uncharted waters ahead for Clinton

THE DISPUTATIOUS and bitterly partisan House of Representatives having fulfilled its constitutional duty, America's other and very different legislative chamber began to prepare the ground yesterday for its own decisive role in the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

JFK slumping forward. Jackie scrambling back. Twenty-six seconds of blurred film footage still replaying in the minds of Americans 35 years after it was shot. A priceless piece of history. But one that now comes with an $18.5 million price tag

Thirty-five years ago this Sunday, an unassuming Dallas dressmaker named Abraham Zapruder decided to take advantage of the location of his office. It was just off Dealey Plaza, across the road from the School Books Depository Building. Later that morning, President John F Kennedy would be passing by in an open-top limousine. He would take a few moments off to go outside and witness the motorcade.

Friday book: The satyr who became a martyr

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Washington cries foul over JFK mementoes

An auction of John F Kennedy memorabilia in New York next week is certain to arouse keen interest - after all, the Kennedys are the nearest thing America has to a royal family. But as the 600-odd lots were unveiled yesterday, a hitch had arisen. Should some of them be on sale at all?

Curse of the Kennedys claims its latest victim

Yet again, tragedy has struck at America's version of royalty, with the death in a skiing accident in Colorado of Michael Kennedy, son of the assassinated Senator Robert Kennedy. Rupert Cornwell looks at a family beset by fame and disaster in equal measure

I take on JFK and what thanks do I get?

This was a book for which the omens could not have been more promising: an investigation of America's most beguiling modern president by one of its most renowned reporters. Now in the shops, it has indeed met with an astonishing reception; astonishing in its vitriol.

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