Inside story of JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette’s notorious New York park battle: Photographer who captured violent 1996 argument reveals her concept for what began it

Inside story of JFK Jr and Carolyn Bessette’s notorious New York park battle: Photographer who captured violent 1996 argument reveals her concept for what began it

Because the twenty fifth anniversary of John F Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette’s demise approaches subsequent month, DailyMail.com columnist Maureen Callahan’s new e-book has shed recent mild on their troubled relationship.

In ‘Ask Not: The Kennedys and the Ladies They Destroyed’, Callahan tells how, on the day the couple died – July 16, 1999 – their marriage was successfully over. 

‘John had moved out of their marital flat,’ Callahan writes. ‘[But] the very last thing he wished was the press speculating about his marriage.’

And so, JFK Jr. insisted on piloting Carolyn and her sister Lauren to a household marriage ceremony. Off the coast of Martha’s Winery, Massachusetts, he crashed his small personal aircraft, killing all of them.

In fact, the press had lengthy recognized their relationship wasn’t glad – with no proof extra damning than their notorious battle in a New York park on February 25, 1996, simply months earlier than their marriage ceremony.

The couple infamously fought in a New York park on February 25, 1996, simply months earlier than their marriage ceremony.

On the morning of the fight, photographer Angie Coqueran was especially vigilant.

On the morning of the battle, photographer Angie Coqueran was particularly vigilant.

Photographer Angie Coqueran captured the psychical altercation and offered the images to the Nationwide Enquirer.

The pictures shocked the world: JFK Jr. showing to smack Carolyn, pull her engagement ring from her finger, Carolyn in tears. In accompanying video footage you may hear muffled screams.

Now, virtually three a long time later, Coqueran has completely given DailyMail.com a visceral blow-by-blow account of the argument.

‘The Kennedys have been my specialty,’ Coqueran says, ‘I’d simply purchased a brand new Chevy Blazer and liked to drive round in Tribeca [in Lower Manhattan] the place JFK Jr. and Carolyn shared a loft house.

‘They appreciated to eat at Bubby’s [on Hudson Street], and I lived solely a bicycle-ride away, so I might usually see them and get photos.’

However on the fateful February morning, Coqueran was particularly vigilant. JFK Jr.’s beloved mom Jackie Kennedy-Onassis had died in Might 1994, and now her possessions have been being offered at public sale by Sotheby’s.

On the day of the battle, Coqueran had seen the public sale itemizing printed within the New York Instances.

‘I believed [JFK Jr.] was sure to be in a extremely emotional state. He was very near his mom,’ she remembers. ‘So once I noticed him and Carolyn strolling and observed a replica of the Instances tucked beneath his arm, I knew what was in it.’

The couple walked with their canine down from Tribeca to Battery Park. 

The couple walked with their dog down from Tribeca to Battery Park in lower Manhattan.

The couple walked with their canine down from Tribeca to Battery Park in decrease Manhattan.

'John got up and moved away from her to walk the dog. Then I could hear screaming,' Coqueran says.

‘John obtained up and moved away from her to stroll the canine. Then I may hear screaming,’ Coqueran says.

‘Folks at all times say the battle was in Washington Sq. Park, however that wasn’t the case. The park they at all times went to was Battery, proper by the water. The Nationwide Enquirer intentionally withheld that reality as a result of not many individuals knew the place to seek out them for photos.’

Coqueran positioned herself in a public restroom on the park, watching out of a window and coaching her lens on the couple as they sat down on a bench to learn the newspaper collectively.

‘Then it obtained heated. John obtained up and moved away from her to stroll the canine, transferring out of my view for just a few seconds,’ she says. ‘However then I may hear screaming – from each of them – and I knew I needed to get the images.’

Coqueran repositioned herself and watched because the explosive battle unraveled.

‘Carolyn was attempting to seize one thing from him – I at all times assumed it was the canine leash – and he pushed her again a number of occasions, like he was going to smack her. In some photographs you see his hand up towards her face,’ she says.

‘At one level, when she was grabbing the leash, he grabbed her hand ring and pulled off her engagement ring. It seemed just like the ring broke as a result of John seemed right down to the bottom and needed to decide up two items.’

‘The entire thing was very public, and it made me actually uncomfortable and nervous.’ she added. ‘However ultimately they stopped arguing and there was lots of sitting in silence on the park bench.’

The couple then left the park, at which level Coqueran heard John inform Carolyn: ‘I do not even know her… I do not know what you are speaking about.’

'The whole thing was very public, and it made me really uncomfortable and nervous,' Coqueran says.

‘The entire thing was very public, and it made me actually uncomfortable and nervous,’ Coqueran says.

'At one point he sat down on the curb outside the park and put his head in his hands,' she recalls.

‘At one level he sat down on the curb exterior the park and put his head in his fingers,’ she remembers.

'They argued back and forth a bit more and Carolyn had tears rolling down her face. Eventually they hugged,' she added.

‘They argued forwards and backwards a bit extra and Carolyn had tears rolling down her face. Finally they hugged,’ she added.

‘My concept is that the argument began as a result of he was ticked off concerning the New York Instances itemizing about his mom,’ Coqueran says, ‘however when younger {couples} begin combating they have a tendency to deliver the whole lot up. Carolyn appeared to be referring to a different girl and John was attempting to dismiss her.’

‘The entire thing was about an hour lengthy,’ she added. ‘At one level he sat down on the curb exterior the park and put his head in his fingers. They argued forwards and backwards a bit extra and Carolyn had tears rolling down her face. Finally they hugged.’

Seven months later, on September 21, 1996, the couple wed in a personal ceremony on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia.

‘I imagine he married her for harm management,’ Coqueran says. ‘When he took her ring off it seemed like he was over the connection. However after the images obtained out, maybe he felt he needed to do it.’

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