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Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.

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He wasn't bad looking in his gilded youth. I wonder how many house maids he got preggers?

Ruthless sociopath. Funny anecdote: when the very married Joe wooed actress Gloria Swanson in Hollywood, he helped her set-up her own production company. He showered her with gifts and deluxe accomodations... After he dumped her, her Accountant told her Joe had charged all the gifties to her production company!

by Gorereply 1502/12/2013

[quote]Built like a duck

What does this mean?

by Gorereply 202/10/2013

Appointed the first chairman of the SEC by FDR because, according to FDR, he knew and had committed all the frauds, so he knew what to look for.

by Gorereply 302/10/2013

Yeah he was a real gent with Swanson.

But he got his -- a debilitating stoke that didn't kill him, just left him speechless and in a wheelchair for years.

by Gorereply 402/10/2013

Adding to what was posted, he was also known to be anti-Semitic. Friends with Joseph McCarthy and Lindberg. Admired Adolph Hitler.

That's the short list

by Gorereply 502/10/2013

Actually first saw his future SIL Peter Lawford working at a hotel in Miami. Peter was eating lunch with two of his black co-workers, and Kennedy commented to the manager that it was a shame that "a good-looking white boy would waste his time hanging out with n@@@ers.". I saw this on E! THS: The Kennedys.

Plus he sold dangerous bootleg during Prohibition. People went blind drinking that shit.

by Gorereply 602/10/2013

Decided to have his less-than-average-intelligence daughter lobotomized without even discussing it with her mother.

by Gorereply 702/10/2013

I am reading David Nasaw's "Patriarch".

There is no proof he was a bootlegger.

Also, Ms. Swanson was married at the time she was having an affair with Mr. Kennedy; she wasn't a bastion of morality either.

But, man, JPK knew how to work his connections.

by Gorereply 802/10/2013

Supposedly took his sons to brothels to have them introduced to sex.

by Gorereply 902/10/2013

wow, his face was so asymmetrical.

by Gorereply 1002/10/2013

Not to mention R4, losing three sons in violent deaths, another killing a young woman and the scandal afterwards and then of course the "special" daughter.

Karma certainly can be a bitch.

by Gorereply 1102/10/2013

Not karma, r11 -- hubris

by Gorereply 1202/10/2013

Wasn't there a rumor that he had sexually molested Rosemary and that's why he had her lobotomized?

by Gorereply 1302/11/2013

"Decided to have his less-than-average-intelligence daughter lobotomized..."

And he never spoke or visited her once after that. Never once.

Sounds like a lot of anger, which to me gives creedence to the rumor that he raped her and she tried to tell on him.

"Cut that lie out of her throat!"

by Gorereply 1402/12/2013

Even the Kennedys don't deny that Joe was a bootlegger.

And even liberal historians concede he rigged the WV election for JFK.

by Gorereply 1502/12/2013
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