It's a political story so scandalous that it has been turned into podcasts, analyzed in books, and even given feature film treatment in 2017. Now, the story of Chappaquiddick is going to be a documentary series on Fox News starting this Sunday night.
On July 18th, 1969, Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) was driving with 28-year-old political strategist Mary Jo Kopechne on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, when they drove off a cliff and sunk with the vehicle. He escaped, she didn't. Kennedy didn't officially report the accident for about 10 hours, which according to authorities would have been plenty of time for them to rescue the drowning girl.
In the first episode of "Scandalous," viewers will learn some more context about the events leading up to that fateful morning. According to producers, they have new evidence to share.
"The program will chronicle the perspective of many of those involved, along with the journalists who covered the puzzling accident that left the political career of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy tarnished and led to the death of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne," Fox News explained in a statement. "Through archival footage, records and never-before seen photos, the series will revisit the daily twists and turns of the drama that first captivated the world nearly 50 years ago. In addition to airing on FNC, special director cuts of the series will be available on FOX Nation."
"Scandalous: Chappaquiddick," narrated by actor Bruce McGill, premieres on Fox News Sunday at 8 p.m. The first episode is entitled, "The Bridge."
This is the second season of Fox's "Scandalous" series. The first centered on the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.