Jillian Bandes

Via Roll Call (subscription required):

Thousands of files released Monday by the FBI reveal decades of threats against the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and breathe new life into the myth of the Kennedy brothers, whose status as American royalty was cemented through hard political work — and reports of even harder play.

The bulk of the 2,234 pages have less to do with the Massachusetts Democrat than with those who obsessed over him and his famous family; the documents include hundreds of threats of violence or extortion against Kennedy from groups as diverse as the Mafia, the Ku Klux Klan, Minutemen, Black Panthers and Nazis.

But there are also salacious allegations that Kennedy — along with his brothers President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy — engaged in “sex parties” with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis Jr.

It gets dirtier — I'll spare you the details. Let's just say the confidential sources were quite forthcoming with their allegations against the Kennedy tribe. There's juicy info about Chappaquiddick, Sinatra’s associates, and the use of Vietnamese children in an anti-Vietnam war stunt. None of this stuff surprises me in the least.


Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com