Few people know the life story of Rosemary Kennedy, sister of JFK. The details of her life were kept secret, but now the horrific truth has been revealed of the shocking lengths the family was prepared to go to so she was kept out of the public eye.
They tried to “cure” her by authorizing a lobotomy, but it all went wrong. John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie were an iconic couple of that era.
Rich, famous, and oozing glamour, they were representatives of the renowned Kennedy clan, and they knew the secret about Rosemary. The patriarch of the family, Joe Kennedy Sr., and his wife, Rose were pillars of American society.
Joe was an important entrepreneur, while Rose was a notable philanthropist They produced nine children and lived busy social lives in the public eye. Even considered by some to be the “Royal Family of America.”
Skeletons In The Closet
However, there were parts of their family life that were kept secret for years. There were skeletons that could not be revealed.
Rosemary Kennedy was the first daughter born to Joe and Rose Kennedy and the third addition to the family. She was born in 1918, but there were complications at the time of her birth.
The obstetrician was held up, and not wanting to risk delivering the baby on her own, the nurse held the baby inside the birth canal until the doctor arrived.
Due to the lack of oxygen to her brain, baby Rosemary suffered severe brain damage.
Soon after the birth, her parents knew that something was amiss with their baby girl. As she grew up, the differences between her and her siblings became noticeable.
Rosemary did not have the stamina of children her age and could not join in with the freedom and fun that they enjoyed together.
She started having seizures, which were put down to bad behavior, but were a result of her mental disorder. Rosemary’s academic progress was slow and a concern to her parents.
In those days (the 1920s) mental illness was considered with repugnance, and Rose wanted to protect Rosemary from the impact of her disability becoming common knowledge.