Skip to comments.Robert Kennedy Jr insists he is not responsible for wife Mary’s suicide
Posted on 05/20/2012 4:22:56 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
Delivering a eulogy to his estranged wife Mary, Mr Kennedy, the son of the assassinated attorney-general Robert F Kennedy and nephew of President John F Kennedy, spoke of her troubled life and admitted that she resented him for asking her to give up her career to have children.
Mary Richardson Kennedys family went to court on Friday to try to stop her being interred in a Kennedy family plot in Centerville, Massachusetts.
But the burial went ahead following a funeral service at St Patricks Church in Bedford, New York, attended by stars including the actors Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Glenn Close, Susan Sarandon and Larry David, and the tennis champion John McEnroe.
Representatives from the Kennedy clan included Ethel Kennedy, Mr Kennedys mother and RFKs widow, Caroline Kennedy, President Kennedys daughter, and Maria Shriver, another cousin, who is married but separated from Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor turned California governor.
In his tearful eulogy, twice-married Mr Kennedy told mourners how his troubled wife had telephoned him the day before she was found hanging from a barn in the home they once shared in upstate New York.
He said: The day before she died, she called me and said, 'You know me better than anyone in the world. She said, 'I was such a good girl. I said, 'I know you are and you still are. She really fought so hard. She had these demons, and she didnt deserve it. I know I did everything I could to help her.
Mrs Kennedys friends have suggested that she was distraught at the separation from her husband, who filed for divorce in 2010 and is now in a relationship with Cheryl Hines, the star of the television show Curb Your Enthusiasm, but had not completed the process.
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He’s just upset the bridge trick has already been done.
why would an estranged husband, tell the world a private conservation he had with her one day before she died??? should that not have been kept between him and his adult children???
Just like Obama...Not my fault, I'm the good guy, I just live on the other side of the country with my mistress..what a lovely family...
Don't worry Robert...payback will come to you one day also...
The suicide of Mary Richardson Kennedy continues to shock the 52-year-old’s family and friends, many of whom are blaming her estranged husband, Robert Kennedy Jr., for her decline since he filed for divorce in May 2010. She will reportedly be buried at a cemetery near the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, but a friend told the Daily News, “Hyannisport? You mean the place from which she had been virtually banned for the past two years?
Apparently she had fallen into credit card debt (enough for American Express to file a civil suit) and another family friend said, “He was going for full custody of the kids, which broke her heart. She also had been part of the Kennedy family for 30 years. And now she was being cast aside by them.” Mary Kennedy’s problems with alcohol and prescription drugs grew, and the Post reports she had “threaten[ed] suicide so often that the family staged an intervention, another friend said.” A source said, “There were times when she had to be taken to the hospital when she would be acting irrationally and threatening to hurt herself.”
What a bastard.
The bastard is not responsible for anything.
Suicide Divides Kennedy Relatives
Battle lines had been drawn before Mary Richardson Kennedys suicide, but the feud between her family and the Kennedy clan grew more bitter Thursday. After being barred from entering the deceased womans house Wednesday by Robert Kennedy Jr., two of her sisters received permission from local police to enter the house and retrieve personal belongings Thursday. Kennedy and his wife had been estranged since he filed for divorce in 2010, and as the split was still not final, Kennedy has taken charge of funeral proceedings, planning a wake for Friday and rite of Christian burial on Saturday in Hyannisport. Mary Kennedys sisters, however, are planning a separate service scheduled for Monday in Manhattan.
Read it at New York Daily News
May 18, 2012 1:29 PM
wow. just wow!!
So he took over everything and is bossing around her family.
His children will remember this - and not kindly.
What a scumbag. Rot in hell.
I don’t know squat about the Kennedy dude but I know for a fact that my father paid off the catholic church to get an annulment from my mom. It was a $1000 “donation” straight to the Monsignor at St. Monica’s church in Santa Monica, CA.
Don’t know the Kennedy facts but it sure does happen.
For crying out loud, why didn’t he just drown her in a river off a bridge. He ain’t no Kennedy.
The time of death was not released but family friend Michaelis said a housekeeper had seen Mary Kennedy alive Tuesday, and worried about her absence Wednesday morning.
Her husband denied reports that a suicide note was found.
The Kennedys four kids, Conor, Kyra, William and Aiden, range in age from 17 to 11. They were not living with their mom when she killed herself a few days after Mothers Day.
Their father, who lived in a rented house near the family home and also spent time in California, had taken temporary custody in February.
They were described by family friends as being shellshocked.
Theyre quiet. They seem to be actually very stoic, said one friend.
Friends of the couple said Mary Kennedy knew she was not coping well with the looming divorce and the separation from her kids, but they were shocked that she would go as far as suicide.
She never gave the impression that things were as bad as they must have been for her to do what she did, Michaelis said.
His sister, Kerry Kennedy, told the paper that while Mary was enrolled in Alcoholics Anonymous and had been sober for five months, her battle with booze was dwarfed by her depression.
Her doctors who were well-meaning were trying mightily to find the correct mix of medications to help her. And they failed. Repeatedly, she said.
She was fighting, fighting, fighting with every ounce of her being to beat back those demons.
An autopsy Thursday confirmed that Mary Kennedy died of asphyxiation due to hanging.
“I dont know squat about the Kennedy dude but I know for a fact that my father paid off the catholic church to get an annulment from my mom. It was a $1000 donation straight to the Monsignor at St. Monicas church in Santa Monica, CA.”
Monsignors do not give annulments. Tribunals do. Your story doesn’t work. The only money involved in annulments is the fee for the Tribunal’s work. Those fees don’t even cover the cost of the work, nor are they even required as the poor do not have to pay them.
I’m just glad that he has it in perspective that her death is really all about him.
No flames at all TLC,
We uns know top to bottom the Kennedy clan was / is poison.
A sad chapter in the history of America.
Still something strange here, Women don’t hang themselves. It’s messy and its nasty, they take drugs
My wife and I both received annulments. The administrative fees were $600.00 for the each of us.
It’s called an Indulgence. More common in the church a thousand years ago but you can still pay for an annullment. One of my friends did that so she could remarry in the Catholic church. Divorce calls for excommunication.
Because they were still legally married to each other; absent any contrary document signed by her (say to be buried
in her family plot not the Kennedy’s)RFK Jr can decide
Because her husband still had the legal authority to make that call. Parents lose that ability when a child gets married, and then has children.
Wills trump it all....but I am sure that was not stipulated.
It’s the law. It’s been that way for going on 900 years or so.
“Its called an Indulgence.”
No, it isn’t.
“More common in the church a thousand years ago but you can still pay for an annullment.”
False. There is no way to pay for an annulment. Also, there has never been a connection between an indulgences and annulments.
“One of my friends did that so she could remarry in the Catholic church.”
She didn’t pay a dime for the annulment. She paid for the Tribunal’s costs.
“Divorce calls for excommunication.”
False. You cannot be excommunicated for divorce.
You seem to have no idea what you’re talking about. I do know what I’m talking about.
I’m from Mass and I can not stand any of them. It repulses me to even see their faces. Does that help?
Will her family be able to visit her grave whenever they want? Or are the Kennedys buried in a private graveyard?
A family member paid for his annullment also. Without it, he wouldn’t have been able to remarry in the Catholic Church. 25 years of marriage and six children, and they gave it to him.
I thought eulogies were supposed to be positive, happy memories of the deceased, sounds like he trashed her and exonerated himself of any blame. Certainly not the time not place for that, but then I don’t think church is the place for eulogies.
Legally they are still married, he’s next of kin and makes the decisions.
Her suicide is no one’s responsibility but her own. There were a million other options for her to take. No matter how sorry the Kennedy fellow is, she made the choice. She could have left the entire bunch and easily found someone else that would have cherished her and cared for her unlike R. Kennedy did. She could have received help easily.
She resented him for asking her to give up her career to have children?!
She was pregnant when they married. He was still legally married to the first ex wife when he knocked up the second. The facts don't seem to support his contention that he had to convince her to have kids.
Is there any male member of the Kennedy clan who isn't a pig?
Sorry to hear that, RacerX. I went to grade school there. I expected better.
Wonderful Catholic, too, (I just had to add).
They don’t anymore...idiot RFK jr is NYker...the remaining crew is not doing well here..
Because she was still married to a Kennedy. He got to choose.
A divorce was never completed, so he still had rights over such matters.
RFK Jr. reminds me of Michael Schiavo back in 2005—the difference is that Schiavo had his wife starved to death (with the help of the legal system) whereas RFK Jr. merely drove his wife to suicide by his actions.
Maybe he bumped her off so he wouldn’t have to go for a second annulment.
Let’s start a Twitter Hashtag on this #KennedyWarOnWomen
Who was? Joe?
...who filed for divorce in 2010 and is now in a relationship with Cheryl Hines
With the Kennedys, it's all about taking care of The Big Head that hangs left or right in their skivvies...
The Kennedys give “debauched filth” a bad name...
“Her family didn’t want her buried with the Kennedys! Why were they not able to stop it?”
Probably the next of kin is the spouse.
Less attention to Chavez in Venezuala and more to Mary in wherever she was probably would have helped - at least we probably won’t have to listen to a lot of self-righteous blather about how we should all live more like a wonderful Kennedy for awhile......
Thank you, about 10 people told me it was because they were still married. I am surprised that he would be so callus that he would go against her families wishes to this degree. Not surprised really he is a Kennedy but what advantage does this give him? He has acted like a total ass about this.
The number of years and children are irrelevant as to the validity of the marriage.
Can you imagine giving a eulogy for your estranged wife who just killed herself and, in trying to absolve yourself of any responsibility, claim only that she resented you for taking her from urban SoHo to pastoral Bedford to HAVE CHILDREN ??? In front of those children, who will have enough to deal with for the rest of their lives? Selfish bastard.
Did he get a first annulment? There was about a three-week gap between the first divorce and his second marriage. Obviously a whirlwind courtship. The second marriage was in April 1994 and their first child’s date of birth is given as “1994” (no month given). Presumably born in late December and just a bit premature...
oh, yeah Mary Richardson Kennedy should have had a will explicitly directing her birth family to have that power. She didn’t so, as her legal husband, Bobby, Jr. had the power to decide. He bought the MA plot on Friday.
Because of the bitterness, one of the articles said none of her 6 siblings attended the funeral, but all the stories referred to the 4 children and one of her sisters wheeling the casket into the church.
I remember years ago, the Revsons of Revlon fame were going through, but hadn’t finalized, a bothersome divorce. He died. She got it all.