"Most of the death threats made against Senator Edward M. Kennedy warned of shootings, but one claimed that a crossbow would be used. For years after two of his brothers were slain by assassins, Mr. Kennedy received repeated warnings that he would meet the same fate, according to thousands of pages of documents about Mr. Kennedy that were released Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"It was no wonder that some of Mr. Kennedy's relatives feared that it would be risky for him to run for president, and that Mr. Kennedy would sometimes blanch when cars backfired. Even now, I'm startled by sudden noises, he wrote in his memoir, True Compass, published last year after his death at age 77. I flinch at 21-gun salutes at Arlington to honor the fallen in Iraq. My reaction is subconscious I know I'm not in danger but it still cuts through me."