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Introduction
The Kennedy Family
The Bhutto Family
The Brando Family
The Hemingway Family
The Lee Family
The Osmond Family
The Monaco Royal Family

Curse of the Kennedys investigates famous bloodlines from the Bhuttos to the Brandos, and examines the tragedies that have befallen them as their family has evolved over the years. The Bhuttos, another powerful political dynasty, have suffered terrible moments that would not be out of place in a Hollywood movie. With assassinations, executions and mysterious deaths, it seems tragedy clings to their every political move. But while this indomitable family fought – and continue to fight – for what they believe in, one cannot help but wonder if their own brand of bad luck will hunt them down yet again.

Author Biography
Jennifer Davies is a freelance writer, editor and photographer from East Sussex. After completing her degree in Creative Writing, she worked as an editor for a publisher for six years, while writing gig reviews for a local magazine in her free time. Today, she works as a freelance writer, and explores a range of subjects from true crime to the world of celebrity. She loves to write about folklore and urban legends, but also enjoys reporting on the rich and famous, dead or alive.

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Family

Introduction

In the modern world, the notion of a curse seems a ridiculous and outmoded concept. The idea that a supernatural hex can even exist let alone tangibly affect an individual or family makes no real sense. But some families do seem to have suffered a series of misfortunes so intense and unreasonable in their frequency that it leads many to speculate if a curse is to blame. The Kennedys, for example, with all their glamour, fame and success have a family history blighted with early deaths. President John F. Kennedy was famously assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on 22 November 1963; five short years later, his younger brother Robert F. Kennedy, met a near-identical fate at the hands of a crazed gunman. Although the tragic deaths of John and Robert stand out as the most infamous, there are many other Kennedys that have died too early and under terrible circumstances. From a botched lobotomy to drug addiction, this family have been through it all.

Curse of the Kennedys investigates famous bloodlines from the Bhuttos to the Brandos, and examines the tragedies that have befallen them as their family has evolved over the years. The Bhuttos, another powerful political dynasty, have suffered terrible moments that would not be out of place in a Hollywood movie. With assassinations, executions and mysterious deaths, it seems tragedy clings to their every political move. But while this indomitable family fought – and continue to fight – for what they believe in, one cannot help but wonder if their own brand of bad luck will hunt them down yet again.

When it comes to the Monaco Royal Family, apparently some of their members have believed in a genuine curse for generations. In 1297, the first Grimaldi ruler, Francesco the Spiteful, is thought to have disguised himself as a monk seeking sanctuary and then killed Monaco’s defenders. Another version of the karmic tale goes that, in the 13th century, Prince Rainier I kidnapped and raped a beautiful maiden. Apparently he picked the wrong maiden because she was actually a witch, and she then cursed the family for generations with the words: ‘Never will a Grimaldi find true happiness in marriage.’ For some marriages in the House of Grimaldi, this has been true, as affairs and divorce are commonplace.

Though some family trees examined may not have as many unfortunate branches as the Kennedys or the Bhuttos, this does not make them any less significant. With the Lee family, we ponder how Bruce and his son, Brandon, both died far too young. As their lives followed similar paths, they both met their end far too soon. With the Hemingway clan, we see how a theme of alcoholism and addiction runs clearly through them, and how suicidal tendencies have affected generations of the same family. This book identifies patterns of tragedy and aims to decide once and for all, if curse or coincidence is responsible.

The Kennedy Family

The Kennedy family, sometimes thought of as ‘America’s Royal Family’, are famous the world over. From their Harvard educations and presidential stints, to their Hollywood looks and everyman-approach to Joe Public, they were, and still are, simply adored by their people. But it wasn’t all glitz, glamour and good fortune that made this infamous brood iconic, there’s another side to their story. It seems that in every generation of this dynasty there has been some terrible tragedy, with many family members suffering and dying in some horrendous way. It seems, at times, as though the family must be cursed. Just as a family member reaches prominence, he or she is snuffed out by some cruel occurrence. Tracing the family tree is a journey in tragedy, but also a celebration of success and achievement.

Joseph Patrick ‘Joe’ Kennedy, Jr (1915 – 1944)

The first child born of Joseph Patrick ‘Joe’ Kennedy Sr (1888 – 1969) and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald (1890 – 1995) was given his father’s name. He was born on 25 July 1915, in Brookline, Massachusetts. Joseph Sr had high hopes for his son, the highest any American father could have. He had his sights set on the White House, and encouraged his son towards a career in politics. Joseph Jr studied at Harvard and abroad, in London. By 1940 he’d taken his first steps into the political world, and it seemed his and his father’s dream may come true. But the outbreak of World War II saw Joseph Jr leave law school and begin training for the U.S. Navy. By 1943 he was back in Great Britain, and after 25 missions was eligible to return to American soil. This was his chance to return home, but instead he opted to stay in England and continue to fight the great fight in a mission intriguingly titled Operation Aphrodite.

‘Spade Flush’

Operation Aphrodite involved a crew of two flying to 2,000 feet (610 m) in bomber aircrafts such as a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress or B-24 Liberator, which were packed full of deadly explosives. Once the pilots identified their target they would activate the remote control system, arming the detonators before parachuting to the ground. On 12 August 1944, Joseph Kennedy and Lieutenant Wilford John Willy were allocated to execute the first of these daring operations. A converted ‘drone’ B-24 Liberator, called a BQ-8, was to be their machine, and it was loaded with 21,170 lb (9,600 kg) of Torpex. Several other bomber crafts, and a craft of cameramen, took off with them at 1800 hours from RAF Fersfield, near Norwich. The target was in northern France.

When Kennedy and Willy neared the North Sea coast, they got into position at 2,000 feet. Kennedy and Willy removed the safety pin, arming the explosives. Kennedy radioed the code ‘spade flush’ back to base. Before the men could parachute to safety, the Torpex exploded earlier than planned, completely destroying the BQ-8 and blowing Willy, and the young Kennedy, to smithereens. Joseph Jr died aged 29. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and the Air Medal. In 1946, The Destroyer USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr