Author helps unravel curse of the Kennedys

Les Williams
Les Williams

A new book on America’s political dynasty the Kennedys is proving a major success - and the author is a former Fleetwood man.

Les Williams, who penned ‘The Kennedy Curse: Shattered’, grew up in the town but left when he was a schoolboy back in 1966

Les, 60, a logistics compliance manager who lives in Newport, South Wales, spent three-and-half years researching and writing the book, which was published last month.

A father-of-two and grandfather, who keeps in touch with relatives in Fleetwood,: “I have always been fascinated by the traumatic events of the 1960s and, in particular, the tragic story of the Kennedy family.

“I have read many books on the subject and I realised that a book that covers all of the Kennedy tragedies in one volume is a rare thing.

“I saw a gap in the market for such a book and decided to research and write it myself.”

During his exhaustive research, Les came to the conclusion that the long-time notion of the ‘Kennedy Curse’ is really nothing more than a myth and that these tragic events were the direct result of patriarch Joe Kennedy’s obsessive quest for wealth and power.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest Presidents in the history of the United States, JFK was a product of his time and his shocking assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald in November 1963 shocked the nation and the world.

But his was not the only tragic and unexplained death in the family.

His brother, Bobby was murdered in 1968 and his older sister, Kathleen was killed in a plane crash.

His brother, Ted had his career ruined at a place called Chappaquiddick and his son, JFK Junior would himself die in mysterious circumstances in 1999.

Les says: “Joe Kennedy drove his children hard and many achieved great things, but they made a lot of dangerous enemies along the way.”

Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with Amazon readers leaving some very good reviews in the UK and in the US.

Les, who used to live on Fleetwood’s Heathfield Road, added: “I wanted to create a good and interesting book that the reader might find hard to put down, and I think I have succeeded in that aim.”