Any hope that John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister Lauren Bessette survived Friday night’s crash is gone: The Bessette family issued a statement: ”John and Carolyn were true soul mates, and we hope to honor them in death in the simple manner in which they lived their lives. We take solace in the thought that together they comfort Lauren for eternity.” Now that the vigil has achieved its sad end, EW Online has searched the Web to find the best sites to help you remember not only the tragedy, but also JFK Jr.’s enduring legacy.
The news sites have extensive coverage on all aspects of his life: CNN has a comprehensive profile of him, which links to a map of his ill-fated flight route, a Kennedy family tree, clips from a 1995 Larry King interview, and — to bolster all those who believe in a Kennedy curse — an article on all the misfortunes that have struck the Kennedy clan, including Rosemary Kennedy’s (JFK’s sister) botched lobotomy in 1941, and David Kennedy’s (RFK’s son) drug overdose in 1984. Also, you can read this week’s Time cover story on the crash, which includes a short piece supporting the argument that Kennedy truly wasn’t experienced enough to be flying his plane, which reportedly had plummeted toward the ocean at 4,500 feet per minute.
This tragedy has undoubtedly sparked many to reflect on JFK Sr., and the Access Indiana Teaching and Learning Center has links to all things JFK, from a White House site with an official Kennedy history, to information on the Cuban Missile Crisis and transcripts of some of his more famous speeches, such as his 1961 inaugural address.
While JFK Jr. himself had no children, he does leave behind one baby: the magazine George. (The four-year-old money-losing publication’s future looked shaky at the time of his fatal flight, with George’s publisher — Hachette Filipacchi — reportedly planning on shutting it down, while Kennedy had told staffers that he was looking for a new owner). As one of his duties for the magazine, he often interviewed figures as larger-than-life as himself — the Dalai Lama, Louis Farrakhan, and Bill Gates, for example. These interviews can be found on the George site, available only on AOL. (Keyword: George)
For those who want to remember JFK Jr. as he lived most of his life — through a camera’s lens — there are plenty of photo galleries available. Time has a nine-shot gallery that includes the classic pictures of him as a young boy crawling underneath his father’s desk, and saluting at his funeral. While this collection focuses on the public figure of Kennedy, a comprehensive site on his clan called simply The Kennedys presents some of the many paparazzi pics snapped of him throughout his life, ranging from shots of him and his wife on the street to photos of him frolicking shirtless in Central Park.