The Kennedy Curse is the name given to the untimely deaths and grave injuries of many of Joseph Kennedy's family members. Kennedy had nine children, but four died young and violent deaths. Another was unnecessarily lobotomized and spent her whole life institutionalized.
Kennedy's grandchildren have also had a number of misfortunes, with several dying young and others having accidents, being diagnosed with cancer, or enduring scandals. Skeptics of the "curse of the Kennedys" point to the unusually large size of the family, the large number of Kennedys with no misfortunes, and the fact that many were involved in high-risk professions as reasons why so many of them have fallen victim to addiction and scandal.Here are some of the facts behind the Kennedy Curse - and the people it's affected.
Rosemary Kennedy was the first daughter of Rose and Joseph Kennedy. During Rosemary's birth, Rose went into labor very quickly, and Rosemary entered the birth canal before the doctor arrived. A nurse told Rose to keep her legs closed to prevent her from giving birth until the doctor showed up. This cut off the oxygen to Rosemary's brain and likely led to her intellectual disabilities. After a fairly quiet childhood, Rosemary began to have violent mood swings. She also had gait issues, including an infamous stumble in front of the King of England.After becoming more rebellious and erratic, Rosemary was given a lobotomy in 1941. She was 23 years old. The procedure was fairly new, and as such, it's likely that too much of her brain was removed. It left her unable to walk, speak, or urinate, and she was institutionalized. The Kennedy family essentially erased her from their public profile, and her lobotomy wasn't made public for 20 years. She died in 2005 of natural causes.