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He's rich and well-connected. But Michael Skakel's case deserves close examination

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.

Kennedys feared dead in air crash

A BAGGAGE tag found in the sea off a Martha's Vineyard beach yesterday appeared to spell the end of hopes for the life of John F Kennedy jr, the only son of the late US President, after a light aircraft carrying him, his wife, and his sister-in-law vanished late on Friday.

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.

A rallying cry that inspired my journey into politics

My party must be a permanent and independent force in British politics

C'mon Jerry, are you just faking it?

THE dividing line between real life and entertainment is thin enough in the United States of America at the best of times. But when the Chicago City Council decided to call in Jerry Springer to tell them exactly where that line gets drawn on his bizarre and outrageous chat show, they got more than they bargained for; or perhaps less.

Howlers on identity parade

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The Beatty myth

He's got the looks, the talent, the liberal credentials. And he appears to think that what the world needs now... is sex. At 60, can Warren Beatty still believe his own propaganda?

Historical Notes: Kennedy murdered Marilyn Monroe

AS THIS century draws to a close the ghost of Marilyn Monroe continues to haunt an era. She was larger than life and died suddenly, prematurely, and mysteriously. Troubling questions still surround her death.

Books for Christmas: Football - Shindler's treatise for addicted and afflicted

WHAT TRAUMA can turn a nice Jewish boy, grammar school and Cambridge- educated, writer and producer of award-winning screenplays, loving husband and doting father, into a "furniture-kicking, door-slamming, growling bear" on Saturday nights? The answer, in Colin Shindler's case, is painfully simple: supporting Manchester City.

From ham and gammon to mutton

A small boy was marching along the promenade at Blackpool on a mild, watery-sunny day, long ago. One hand held his mother's, the other bore a large white scroll on which the child had carefully copied out all the terms of the Armistice. It was November 1918 and the 10-year-old who was to grow up into Alistair Cooke was already - he says now - displaying a visible slice of ham.

Hallowe'en murder haunts Kennedys

The unsolved killing of a teenager 23 years ago threatens to add another stain to the family's reputation. David Usborne reports

Dynasties demand jobs for the boys

FOR ALL its boasts of being a classless land of opportunity, the United States has a long tradition of grand political dynasties.

Satyriasis at the White House

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