October 4 - 1995: Leo Damore, 66, commits suicide, author of "Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Coverup"

Also wrote "In His Garden: The Anatomy of a Murderer" about the Cape Cod serial killer Tony Costa.
Author Leo Damore.

66-year-old author also wrote "The Cape Cod Years of John Fitzgerald Kennedy"

On this day in 1995 the New York Times reported the death of author Leo J. Damore. Damore, who was 66. Damore reportedly took his own life in his Essex, CT home two days earlier on October 2.

According to the New York Times, Damore was working for the Cape Cod News in 1969 when Senator Edward Kennedy's car drove into the water at Chappaquiddick, killing a young Senatorial aide named Mary Jo Kopechne.

His former wife, June Davison, said Mr. Damore had been despondent over their divorcethe previous December.

In 1988, Damore published "Senatorial Privilege: The Chappaquiddick Coverup".  His other books of local note included "The Cape Cod Years of John Fitzgerald Kennedy" and "In His Garden: The Anatomy of a Murderer" about the Cape Cod (Truro) serial killer Tony Costa.

According to the Kent State University website, Damore's papers were donated to the school in November 1993.

Read Leo Damore's obituary in the New York Times here.


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