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The Surprising Phone Call Ted Kennedy Made to His Mistress After a Woman Died in His Car in Chappaquiddick

In the early morning hours after Sen. Ted Kennedy crashed his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, killing his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, he turned first not to his wife — but to his mistress for help

Everyone Knew Mary Jo Kopechne’s Name After She Died in Ted Kennedy's Car, but No One Knew Anything About Her

In the third episode of PEOPLE's podcast Cover-Up, you’ll get to know the real Mary Jo — a small-town girl with big dreams who was deeply affected by Sen. Robert Kennedy's death — and so much more than a "blonde secretary"

50 Years After a Woman Mysteriously Drowned in Ted Kennedy's Car, a Letter Claims to Reveal the Truth

"I'm not convinced the mystery has been solved," Mary Jo Kopechne's cousin tells PEOPLE. "I know there are things that we do not know about what happened that night"

Chappaquiddick, 50 Years Later: 10 Revelations About the Deadly Scandal That Could Have Brought Down a Kennedy

PEOPLE's East Coast Editor Elizabeth McNeil spent eight months investigating what really happened on the tiny Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick on July 18, 1969

Cover-Up Episode 6: Ye Shall Seek the Truth

The late Leo Damore was the author of Senatorial Privilege, the definitive book on the Chappaquiddick case. But as it turns out, there was more to his story than what he wrote. 

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Cover-Up Episode 5: Swept Under the Rug

On July 18, 1969, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s car crashed off a small bridge on the tiny Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick and plunged into the dark waters below, killing 28-year-old passenger and political aide Mary Jo Kopechne.

Cover-Up Episode 2: Joey'll Fix It

If Ted Kennedy was nervous about anything on the morning of July 19, 1969, he certainly didn't show it. Shortly before his Oldsmobile was found upside down in a tidal pond on Chappaquiddick, he was on the porch of his hotel in Edgartown, Massachusetts.