Thanks to Carole Radziwill’s time on Real Housewives of New York, I knew about her relation to John F. Kennedy Jr. They were cousins. But I didn’t realize the extent of her involvement the night JFK Jr.’s plane went missing 17 years ago.
Carole Radziwill recounted her experience on that night in a special episode of How It Really Happened with Hill Harper.
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, JFK Jr.’s wife, called Radziwill while they were in the plane piloted by JFK Jr., on July 16, 1999, at 8:38 p.m.
“Carolyn called me from the plane right before they were taking off,” Radziwill said. “I don’t remember anything really important from that conversation. I certainly didn’t think it would be the last time I would speak to my friend.”
But she does remember one specific detail, “I remember at the end, she said, ‘I love you.’ For some reason, I didn’t say I love you back, and that always stuck with me.”
Bessette-Kennedy was supposed to call Radziwill again when they landed, but the call never came.
Instead, Radziwill received another call around midnight from Kennedy’s friend Pinky asking if Kennedy, Bessette-Kennedy and Bessette-Kennedy’s sister, who was also onboard, had by chance arrived at Radziwill’s house. Pinky was at the airport waiting to pick up the trio, who never arrived.
“I just bolted out of bed,” Radziwill explained. “I thought, I need to figure out this story and solve it someway. I need to figure out where they are, because they’re somewhere. One call led to another to another.”
After hours of calling, Radziwill was the one who called the Coast Guard to report the plane missing.
Five days after the crash, the bodies of the three were discovered on July 21.
Check out Radziwill’s full interview about the crash below.
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