October 15 - 2003: Woman's body found off Monomoy

1988: Chappaquiddick re-examined
Author Leo Damore.

1988: Chappaquiddick re-examined

On this day in 1988, Jo Thomas reviewed Leo Damore's coverage of the Chappaquiddick incident for the New York Times. Her review began:

Under Dike Bridge

It has been many years since Senator Edward M. Kennedy drove off Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in the middle of the night in 1969 with Mary Jo Kopechne in the car, but the mystery remains: Why didn't he seek immediate help for his dying passenger, trapped underwater? And what did he do in the eight or nine hours before he reported the accident to the police?

Leo Damore, who covered the affair for The Cape Cod News, a weekly, continued to cultivate his police contacts long after the other reporters had left, and his efforts have paid off.

He has obtained confidential documents, interviewed investigators and finally persuaded a key witness to talk.

The result is ''Senatorial Privilege,'' an account that may lack the razzle-dazzle style of some of its predecessors, Burton Hersh's ''Education of Edward Kennedy'' or Robert Sherrill's ''Last Kennedy,'' but that is fascinating nonetheless for its wealth of detail.

Read the rest of the New York Times review here.

2003: Missing woman's body found

Her brother died in the 9/11 World Trade tower

On this day in 2003, the Coast Guard has tentatively identified the body of a Long Island woman who had been missing after she and a companion began a kayaking trip three days ago.

What are believed to be the remains of Mary Jagoda, 20, of Huntington, were found off the coast of Monomoy Island near Cape Cod yesterday, Sgt. James Plath of the Massachusetts State Police said. Ms. Jagoda, a junior at Brandeis University, was the sole remaining child of Louis and Anna May Jagoda.

Her brother, Jake, 24, an employee of Cantor Fitzgerald, was killed in the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001. Another child died in infancy 20 years ago. Ms. Jagoda and a friend, Sarah Aronoff, 19, of Bethesda, Md., started at a boat launch in Harwich Port, paddling eight-foot plastic kayaks into foggy conditions on Sunday afternoon. A friend reported them missing later that day. The Coast Guard called off the search for Ms. Aronoff last night.


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