Melissa Lafsky: The Footnote Speaks: What Would Mary Jo Kopechne Have Thought of Ted's Career? You have got to be effing kidding me. Now try and justify her manslaughter and being left in a car to drown for hours because it may have made Kennedy a great man! WTF!?!? The diver who testified believed she was in that car drowning and trying to save herself for 2 hours. WTF?!!? I can't believe they tried to justify her death in this manner!