The Tragic and Mysterious Death of John F. Kennedy and Carolyn Besset: A Turbulent Love with an Unhappy End

John Kennedy Jr. Caroline Besset
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Their every move was followed and everyone said that Beset would be the next Jackie Onassis. The attractive blonde won over people with her refined style of dress, beauty and mystery. Carolyn Besset and John F. Kennedy Jr. died in a plane crash on July 16, 1999, along with her sister Lauren, and it remains unclear why they decided on that overnight trip.

The son of the assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr. In the early 90's, the media followed him every step of the way and carried the title - the sexiest man in the world.

Everyone was interested in which woman would be able to tame John, and his long list of girls included many beauties, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Daryl Hannah and Brooke Shields. However, his heart was won by Carolyn Besset.

Elegant and mysterious

Besset worked for the Calvin Klein fashion house and progressed very quickly, becoming the head of public relations. It was that job that enabled her to have a fateful meeting with John. Namely, they met in 1994 at the party of designer Calvin Klein, and Carolyn Beset immediately won Kennedy. He invited her to a rendezvous, she refused, and that was even more appealing to him because he was not used to people not falling for his charm.

"She told me, 'I called her and she did not answer.' He did not like it. He could not believe he had refused. That has never happened before. "She did not really believe he was serious," said one of John's former colleagues. Caroline soon changed her mind and accepted the invitation.

When they became a couple, they were often targeted by the paparazzi and the tabloids. Their every move was followed and everyone said that Besset would be the next Jackie Onassis, otherwise John's mother. Carolyn Besset won over people with her refined style of dress, beauty and mystery. "When I first saw them together, I knew there was something special between them," said Ted Kennedy, John's uncle.

In the summer of 1995, Caroline moved into Kennedy's apartment, and a year later they were engaged. The couple got married far from the public eye on September 21, 1996 in Cumberland in a small wooden chapel. They did not want the media to attend the ceremony and managed to avoid it. However, some details were leaked, such as that there was no electricity in the church and the light was provided by hundreds of lighted candles. The newlyweds made emotional vows, which they said to each other in front of the guests.

Problems in paradise

"I have never been happier in my life," John's godfather and friend Anthony Redsville said on their wedding day. But not everything was so fairytale. Namely, Caroline was two hours late for the wedding because she had an attack because she could not wear the wedding dress on her own. The couple went on a honeymoon in Turkey, and immediately after returning to America, the paparazzi started harassing them. After returning from their honeymoon, they were greeted by hundreds of photographers on the doorstep.


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Caroline became anxious, nervous and frustrated by the huge media attention, so it was hard for her that the public dissected their relationship and lives down to the smallest detail. But that was not their only problem. John wanted to have children with Caroline, while she did not want to and tried not to get pregnant. She could not imagine raising children under public scrutiny. As a result, the couple became more and more quarrelsome, and their idyllic love soon grew into a dysfunctional relationship.

Photographs of them arguing in public, John pulling Carolyn by the hair, or the moment she pulls the ring out of her hand and yells at him have been leaked to the public. They refused to give interviews and did not accept any offer to appear in numerous fashion magazines. Carolyn was involved in humanitarian work and was a frequent guest at political events and dinners, especially at the White House.

She and John were good friends of then-US President Bill Clinton. There were also allegations that Caroline was consuming cocaine and that she had changed completely as a result. Her friends vehemently denied the allegations.

She was reportedly jealous of all of John's previous wives, including his sister Carolina Kennedy. Because of marital problems, they are thought to have lived apart until death. People close to the couple said that Kennedy wanted Beset to seek help, and they were both considering divorce. But they wanted to give themselves time in the hope that some things would change. They went on several romantic trips together, went to therapy, but the only problem was that Beset did not want to admit that she was addicted to drugs.

Carolyn and John were killed in a plane crash on July 16, 1999, along with her sister Lauren. The small plane was piloted by Kennedy, and he did not want the bastard. The plane crashed into the sea due to engine complications, and five days later their bodies were found at the bottom of the sea.

The autopsy revealed that there were no traces of drugs and alcohol in the blood of the victims, although to this day it remains a mystery why they went on a trip late at night. Even more confusing is the fact that John's leg was injured and he did not have enough experience to fly a plane.

Besset was 33 and John F. Kennedy was 38.

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