Chappaquiddick, Ted Kennedy scandal that left a young woman dead chronicled in new doc

Senator Ted Kennedy’s political career was tarnished on July 18, 1969, when his car crashed off a bridge on the tiny Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick, plunging into the dark waters of the tide-swept Poucha Pond, killing 28-year-old passenger Mary Jo Kopechne — a mystery that continues to haunt “America’s Royal Family.”

The shocking events leading up to the political aide’s demise is the subject of Fox Nation’s new documentary titled “Scandalous: Chappaquiddick,” which aims to investigate how the youngest Kennedy narrowly escaped from drowning and returned back to his hotel room unharmed while his passenger mysteriously drowned.

The Fox Nation special features never-before-seen interviews and retellings of the events that night, cracking down on the truth, pieces of evidence and errors that were apparent.


That fateful night, Kennedy offered the aide a ride from a party at Chappaquiddick and less than 10 hours later her dead body was being pulled from the vehicle. However, the circumstances surrounding Kopechne’s drowning remain muddled nearly 10 years after the senator’s death in 2009 at age 77.

At the time members of the media swarmed Chappaquiddick, right off the east coast of Martha’s Vineyard, and unraveled Kennedy’s multiple mistakes during the evening — derailing Kennedy’s presidential ambitions for certain.

Kopechne reportedly remained underwater for some nine hours until she was discovered the following morning.

At the time of the accident, Kennedy told police he was “unfamiliar with the road,” and that he came up to a narrow bridge at which point the car “went off the side of the bridge.” According to a description from a 1969 New York Times article, the road approaching the bridge is “narrow” with “no warning side on the approach.”

Kennedy also claimed he had “no recollection” of how he got out of the car but added he “came to the surface and repeatedly dove down to the car in an attempt to see if the passenger was still in the car,” noting he was “unsuccessful in the attempt.”

The accident was not reported by Kennedy, but rather by a mother of a little boy who saw the overturned car in the pond when he was fishing. Kennedy later described his failure to report the incident to police as “indefensible.”

Kennedy would go on to become one of the longest-serving U.S. senators, despite previously speaking of a “Kennedy curse” following the incident, questioning whether “some awful curse did actually hang over all the Kennedys.”

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Case of ‘Baby June,’ found dead off Florida coast, now a homicide, police say

Authorities have ruled the death of an infant — dubbed “Baby June” — as a homicide, months after her body was found floating in the water off the Florida coast.

The child’s death has led to 16 tips since the body was found floating 75 to 100 feet off the Boynton Beach Inlet in June — but no solid leads have emerged as authorities struggle to identify the baby. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Capt. Steven Stravelli said in a Monday news conference that the medical examiner determined Baby June’s death was a homicide. He did not reveal further information that led to the ruling.

The baby was 4 to 7 days old, placing her possible birthdate sometime between May 25 and May 28. The baby had been floating in the water 16 to 18 hours before Off-duty Boynton Beach firefighter Chris Lemieux spotted the body floating in the water.

“We hate seeing this and we want to get to the bottom of what happened,” Stravelli said. “We’re not going to stop here. This case is not going to close until we get completion.”


Stravelli said all the babies born between the May date range in Palm Beach and Broward counties have been checked.

“No leads, no lost babies in that mix,” Stravelli said.

Investigators believe the child was most likely born in a hospital or at a private birthing center, Stravelli said. The child’s umbilical cord had been clipped and there was a heel prick in the foot.

“Some hospital, somewhere, has evidence of this child being born. We just haven’t found it yet,” he said.

DNA tests showed the child was half Central Asian and African, which Stravelli said was a “very unusual split.” People with the genetic composition usually are from Barbados, Trinidad or Jamaica. He added that there are no known relatives in Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office’s database.

A $ 10,000 reward is being offered for information that would lead to an arrest.

One person dead after domestic dispute in Florida Walmart turns violent

One person is dead and another is in custody after a domestic dispute between a male and female turned violent inside a Florida Walmart on Saturday, authorities say.

Ocala police said that “a domestic argument” between a male and female began in the Garden Center on East Silver Springs Boulevard about 2:30 p.m. According to police, the pair moved inside the Walmart, where the female began to scream for help.

Store employees attempted to intervene and called 911, without success; police say the male suspect shot the woman, killing her.

The suspect fled the scene but was later captured by authorities. They have so far only identified him as a black male, age 55.

Ocala police said on Twitter that he suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound but is “alive” and being transported to an area hospital.

The victim has yet to be identified, as police attempt to contact her kin.

Multiple injured in shooting at Alabama mall on Black Friday, suspect dead

Authorities in Alabama responded late Thursday to a shooting at a mall in the town of Hoover that left multiple people injured and the gunman dead, reported.

The report said police responded to the scene and engaged the suspect.

“This was my first Black Friday, I knew it would be crazy, just not this crazy,” one witness told the news site.

Witnesses told WBRC that they heard two separate rings of gunfire between a JCPenny store and a Footaction near a food court in the Riverchase Galleria.

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St. Louis woman was shot dead for refusing sex in Catholic supplies store: police

A woman was shot and killed at St. Louis religious supplies store earlier this week because she refused her attacker’s demands to “perform deviant sexual acts on him,” authorities said Wednesday.

The alleged attacker – identified as 53-year-old Thomas Bruce – on Monday forced three women who were in the store into a back room at gunpoint and forced them to strip, detectives said in a probable cause statement. He allegedly forced two of the woman to perform sex acts on him, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Jamie Schmidt

Jamie Schmidt


Bruce allegedly tried to coerce the third woman, Jamie Schmidt, a 53-year-old married mother of three, but she refused. He then shot her in the head, the probable cause statement said. Schmidt later died at a hospital.

Authorities investigate the scene at a Catholic Supply store where a gunman went into the religious supply store, sexually assaulted at least one woman and shot a woman in the head.

Authorities investigate the scene at a Catholic Supply store where a gunman went into the religious supply store, sexually assaulted at least one woman and shot a woman in the head. (Johanna Huckeba/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Bruce then fled the store, prompting a two-day manhunt that frightened the region and led some schools, churches, and businesses to close.

Bruce was arrested in his mobile home trailer park Wednesday and booked into the St. Louis County jail, The Post-Dispatch reported. He faces first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and sodomy, among other charges, prosecutors said. He is being held without bail.

Chief Jon Belmar, a 32-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police called that attack one of the worst he’d seen in his career – one that “shocked the senses.”

Authorities are working to determine why Bruce targeted the store. Investigators said he has no criminal history.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

LFO singer Devin Lima dead at 41

Devin Lima of the band LFO has died following a yearlong battle with stage 4 adrenal cancer, Fox News has learned Wednesday. He was 41.

“It is with a truly broken heart that I confirm that Harold ‘Devin’ Lima passed away early this morning after a valiant battle with cancer,” wrote LFO’s publicist, Alaina Bendi, exclusively to Fox News.

“Devin, as the world knows him, was an extraordinary talent, a doting father to his six children, and a loving partner to their mother,” she continued. “He was a beloved son and brother and a friend to so many.”

“On behalf of the LFO family, thank you for the tremendous outpouring of love from friends, family, fans, media, and those in the music industry,” added LFO band member, Brad Fischetti. “A few days before he passed away he said to me, ‘Bro, when it’s over, just tell them I disappeared.’ My friends – Harold ‘Devin’ Lima has disappeared.”

TMZ reported the singer revealed his diagnosis last year after undergoing surgery in which his left kidney and adrenal gland were removed, along with a tumor from his stomach.

The group’s publicist said at the time the band was “distraught” over the cancer diagnosis and hoped to see “Devin back on stage doing what he does best.”

It was reported at the time that Lima would also undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

The musician appeared on a YouTube video alongside his bandmate Brad Fischetti in October 2017, where they asked fans for prayers and “positive vibes” for Lima.

The band, whose hits include “Summer Girls” and “Girl on TV,” lost its lead singer, Rich Cronin, in 2010 after a long battle with leukemia. He was 35.

The group disbanded soon after, but Lima and Fischetti later reunited as a duo.

Tech CEO, wife, 2 kids found dead after arson fire rips through New Jersey mansion: report

Authorities in New Jersey on Tuesday responded to reports of a fire at a sprawling mansion and found the remains of two adults and two children before determining that the fire was intentionally started.

The body of Keith Caneiro, the CEO of a tech company in Asbury Park, was discovered in the front of the home with at least one gunshot wound, a source told NJ Advance Media. The gunshot was not believed to have been self-inflicted, the report said.

Three others were found dead inside the Colts Neck home, including his wife, Jennifer Caneiro, the report said. The children were both under 10 years old, the New York Times reported.

Authorities did not officially confirm the identities of the victims.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni would not comment on the report or confirm Keith Caneiro had a gunshot wound, the New York Post reported. But he said, “We have no reason to believe that anyone in the community is in any danger at this time.”

Fox News emailed Gramiccioni’s office early Wednesday and did not receive an immediate response.

Keith Caneiro’s brother also reported a fire at his home in Ocean Township, the report said. Authorities said they were investigating whether the two blazes were connected.

Firefighters responded to the fire around 1:30 p.m. Video showed firefighters battling the blaze as smoke poured from the roof of the two-story home, which is surrounded by fields and includes a large swimming pool. Helicopter footage showed a sheet in the middle of the yard next to the house, with police tape cordoning off the area.

Colts Neck is a well-to-do community about 50 miles south of New York City and is home to horse farms. Typical homes in the town of 10,000 are valued at about $ 750,000. Bruce Springsteen reportedly owns a home in the town, and his youngest son Sam joined the Colts Neck Fire Department in 2014, reported.

The 5,700-square-foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms, according to Zillow. The owners purchased the property in 1998, and the home was built in 2003, public records show.

Caneiro’s LinkedIn profile describes him as the CEO and chief technology officer for a company in the New York City area called Square One. His profile says he graduated from Columbia University with a master of science degree in 2018 and previously received certifications from Harvard Business School’s online platform.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

New Jersey mansion fire leaves multiple dead; arson being investigated

Four people, including two children, were confirmed dead on Tuesday after a fire broke out at a mansion in Monmouth County, New Jersey, officials said.

The fire at a home in Colts Neck, a city roughly 50 miles south of New York City, is being investigated as a possible arson, county Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a news conference.

Authorities were still working to put out the “fluid” blaze around 4:30 p.m. ET., after first responding to the fire around 1:30 p.m.

Gramiccioni said he’s heard reports that five people have possibly died in the fire, but clarified investigators “know of four, and four alone.”

Colts Neck is a well-to-do community that’s home to horse farms. Typical homes in the town of 10,000 are valued at about $ 750,000.

Public records show the home is owned by Keith Caneiro, 50, and Jennifer Caneiro, 45.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

Groom opens up about tragic bachelor party rafting accident that left 4 dead, including his brother

A trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica for an unforgettable bachelor party turned deadly for one group of friends.

Last month, Luis Beltran and 13 of his close friends and family traveled from Florida to Costa Rica for his bachelor party. On Oct. 20, the last day of their trip, the men went on a whitewater-rafting excursion on the Naranjo River.

“These people were all chosen because they all played a part in my life specifically,” Beltran told “Good Morning America.”

However, all three rafts the men occupied capsized. Beltran’s brother, Sergio Lorenzo, and his friends Ernesto Sierra, Jorge Caso and Andres Denis were killed in the incident. A Costa Rican guide was also killed.

Sean Estevez, a member of the bachelor party, recalled the incident.


“I thought I was having a heart attack. I was lifeless, I couldn’t move my head, I couldn’t move my arms, I couldn’t move my legs, I was beat up, my knees were banged up,” Estevez said.

The men said the violent waves from the river ripped off their clothes and shoes, leaving them to hang onto rocks in order to survive.

Authorities said the victims were swept away downstream as the other passengers managed to cling to the rafts.

Estevez recalled the last moment he saw his friend Andres Denis.

“Andy was next to me and I helped him on the raft while I was in the water. He was on the raft while I was holding on to the raft. The raft flipped again and I never saw him again,” Estevez said.


He said he was the one who was given the responsibility to tell Denis’ fiancée that he had died in the incident.

“I told her that he was with me, and I didn’t see him again and, ‘Chloe, I don’t have facts. I don’t know,’” he said.

The group said they did not get a warning from their tour guides, but weather advisories for the area indicated they should have not been in the water that day due to heavy rain that battered the area for days and left the river swollen.

Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation office told ABC News they were investigating the incident and Quepoa Expeditions, the company the group used for the trip was also being probed.

When asked if Beltran had any advice for those considering doing a white-water rafting excursion, he called on others to “do your research.”

Beltran’s wedding which was slated for Nov. 30 was postponed due to the tragic accident. A GoFundMe account has been set up for the victims’ families.

Chicago hospital shooting that left officer, doctor dead came after fight over ring, ‘broken engagement’: reports

The deadly rampage at a hospital on Chicago’s South Side Monday that claimed the lives of a police officer and two medical professionals appears to have been sparked over a “broken engagement,” according to reports.

Chicago Police said that Officer Samuel Jimenez, 28, who joined the department in February 2017 and was married with three children, was shot in the lobby of Mercy Hospital when he responded to a call of shots fired. Two other hospital workers, Dr. Tamara O’Neal and Dayna Less, 25, a first-year pharmacy resident, were also killed in the shooting.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Jimenez was “selfless in his actions,” and added the city “lost a doctor, pharmaceutical assistant and a police officer” in the shooting.


“All [were] going about their day. All [were] doing what they love,” Emanuel said. “This tears at the soul of our city.”

Dr. Tamara O’Neal, Chicago Officer Samuel Jimenez, and Pharmacy Resident Dayna Less were killed in the shooting.

Dr. Tamara O’Neal, Chicago Officer Samuel Jimenez, and Pharmacy Resident Dayna Less were killed in the shooting. (Franciscan Health/Chicago Police/Facebook)

The attacker, identified by police as 32-year-old Juan Lopez, also died Monday but it was not clear if he took his own life or was killed by police at Mercy Hospital on the city’s South Side, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

O’Neal appeared to be the intended target of the attack, after calling off her engagement with the gunman in September, WLS-TV reported.

The shooting spree began with a confrontation between Lopez and O’Neal in the parking lot of the hospital around 3:30 p.m. A witness, who asked not to be identified, told WGN News that the doctor ran asking for help.


“She got on the phone and she was trying to call the police,” the witness told WGN. “She asked us not to leave her alone because he is going to kill her.”


Lopez then approached O’Neal and demanded he give her a ring, the witness claimed. When she told the man she didn’t have it, the man reemerged with a gun, according to the witness.

“The guy comes really quickly from behind the van and just pulls out a gun and shoots her six times before she even hits the ground,” the witness told WGN.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, left, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel speak Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, during a news conference at the University of Chicago Medical Center, in Chicago.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, left, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel speak Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, during a news conference at the University of Chicago Medical Center, in Chicago. (Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune via AP)

When police arrived at Mercy Hospital, Lopez had shot O’Neal repeatedly, standing over her as he fired the last shots, witness and police sources told the Chicago Tribune.

Lopez fired at the officer’s squad car as they arrived before running inside the hospital. Inside the medical center, he then exchanged fire with officers and “shot a poor woman who just came off the elevator” before he was killed, Johnson said, referring to pharmaceutical assistant Less.

Dayna Less was shot and killed as she was coming out of an elevator at Mercy Hospital in Chicago on Monday.

Dayna Less was shot and killed as she was coming out of an elevator at Mercy Hospital in Chicago on Monday.

“We just don’t know how much damage he was prepared to do,” Johnson said, adding that Less “had nothing to do with nothing.”

Less was a first year pharmacy resident who had recently graduated from Purdue University, while O’Neal worked as emergency room physician who worked as a resident for two years but never worked on Sunday because of her religious faith.

An emotional Emergency Department director Patrick Connor said during a press conference that O’Neal would help raise money for disadvantaged children, and was dedicated to her congregation.

“That was her one thing she wanted, to be able to go to church on Sunday,” he told reporters. “We’ll make sure you go to church on Sunday.”

Chicago Police work the scene where a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Chicago.

Chicago Police work the scene where a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

During the gun battle in the lobby of the hospital, a second officer was also shot at but was not injured because a bullet struck his holster and embedded itself in his gun.

A second Chicago police officer was also shot at during the gun battle but was not injured because the bullet struck his holster and embedded itself in his gun.

A second Chicago police officer was also shot at during the gun battle but was not injured because the bullet struck his holster and embedded itself in his gun. (Chicago Police)

The death of Jimenez, a married father of three, comes nine months after another member of the Chicago Police Department, Cmdr. Paul Bauer, was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect in the Loop business district.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Jimenez didn’t typically work in the hospital area, but that the officer responded when he heard that shots were fired. He says it “speaks volumes about his character.”

Mercy has a rich history as the city’s first chartered hospital. It began in 1852, when the Sisters of Mercy religious group converted a rooming house. During the Civil War, the hospital treated both Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners of war, according to its website.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.