Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s 4 Children Pay The Price Of His Abandoning Mary Kennedy

Thu, May 17, 2012 12:39pm EDT by 72 Comments
Mary Kennedy Suicide

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MrsT

Posted at 2:02 PM on May 21, 2012  

Excellent article!
I feel outraged for Mary and her family! It’s not so much that he left her, but he was a serial cheater who stomped on her heart for so many years…..he destroyed her.
People should work on marriages harder. He certainly loved Mary enough to have 4 kids with her!
And, I really wish the Kennedy clan would quit boasting their Catholicism…….they are far from it!

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BJ S.

Posted at 11:48 PM on May 20, 2012  

What a horribly judgemental, ridiculous piece, Bonnie Fuller. Nobody knows what went on in that marriage except for two people. You have no idea how hard or not RFK Jr. tried to help his wife. To paint her as the “good wife” he just used and threw away is delusional. This woman clearly had serious mental health issues, serious depression and addiction issues. You cannot blame another person for that. And you have no idea what her husband did or did not do to help her. And to chastise him for being in a relationship two years after his separation is ridiculous as well. It’s not fair to say, Oh he’s a Kennedy, let me lambast him. This piece by Fuller is so disempowering to women in particular. As sad and tragic as this death is, only one person made the decision, and no one else is to blame.

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Please

Posted at 9:28 PM on May 20, 2012  

My prior comment was directed to the nonsense posted by “L.”

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Please

Posted at 8:23 PM on May 20, 2012  

No, fool, you are not actually empathetic. You got it right by accident – you are ‘empathetic,’ falsely empathetic, empathetic only in quote marks.

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Eileen

Posted at 4:23 PM on May 20, 2012  

Jackie Kennedy was the smartest of this whole crew. She kept her children away from Ethel’s thugs, and even though JFK cheated on her continually, Jackie was smart enough to develop her own friends and interests. Her two kids turned out just fine. Oh, and Jackie always reached out to poor Joan Kennedy, as she was tossed aside by this gang.

Being a Catholic, I love how some of these RFK kids have multiple divorces, and yet are able to remarry in the church because they have their previous marriages “annulled”. What a joke. And obviously the courts are tipped in favor of the Kennedy family, as the judge on Friday not only ruled in favor of RFK, Jr., but sealed the court records (which is never done for this type of hearing).

Why should Mary Richardson be buried in the Kennedy plot? And why won’t Kerry Kennedy shut her mouth? Best friend? Ha! And, by the way, Kerry Kennedy cheated on Gov. Andrew Cuomo very publicly, and as a result he’s had custody of their daughters for years.

This is a very sick family with no morals or scruples. But someday they will all have to answer for years of misdeeds.

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ckwest542

Posted at 3:25 PM on May 20, 2012  

Bravo to Mary’s family for fighting against the man who aided and abetted in killing her. What a louse!

RFK set Mary up to become more depressed by flaunting his new girlfriend and financially crippling her. How was she supposed to pay the bills after he left?

Funny how the charges from Master card were dismissed after the media published some of Mary’s financial woes.

Hr children deserve sympathy, RFK does not!

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CKraus

Posted at 9:32 AM on May 20, 2012  

L,Thank you for your comment! Robert Kennedy Jr & his precious, movie star girlfriend both filed for divorce within weeks of each other! They can now spin that fact, but it remains the truth.He took her to his foundation’s gala weeks ago with some of Mary’s children! On Mother’s Day the two youngest children were living with him as the custodial parent and she was facing the permanence of that situation.I cannot believe her “estranged” husband gave the eulogy nor that her “best friend” stated at the funeral that “the demons won.” What happened to discretion?

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L.

Posted at 6:35 PM on May 19, 2012  

In closing……………..May Mary rest in peace and may God comfort her family.

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L.

Posted at 6:33 PM on May 19, 2012  

“He drover her to drink with his cheating”?????????? If a husband cheats – the women has to determine how she will handle/cope with the matter- drinking alcohol is probably not going to stop him from cheating- I cannot think of anything positive that can result from drinking alcohol to cope with the husband’s infidelity. Let’s see- you could seek counseling. You could file for divorce. You could accept the infidelity. and on and on. I am a very “empathic” person – but we have to take responsibility for our actions.

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L.

Posted at 6:24 PM on May 19, 2012  

Some of these comments are “off the chain”. Sometimes psychotropic medication, family support and psychotherapy is not enough to prevent someone from suicide. Why make JFK Jr. the one that should have did this and did that and blah blah. Have you ever been around someone who was “clinically depressed”- ? Probably not- the best thing one can do is seek professional help for them. Their thinking and views can be very distorted. Noone is the blame for Mary committing suicide.

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Marjorie Morales

Posted at 6:14 PM on May 19, 2012  

Bonnie, who gives you the right to judge Robert Kennedy. Do you have any idea what is it to live with a depressed individual or one who drinks/and or uses drugs. It is a pity that Mary Kennedy chose to end her life and abandon her children but it is not anyone’s fault but her own. Her concern for her children should have prevented her from leaving them such a legacy but apparently she was unable to think of them due to her state of mind. That family does not need pointed fingers! Shame on you

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L.

Posted at 6:11 PM on May 19, 2012  

Divorce is “dirty”. Lots of mud. There are always 3 sides to the story – his side – her side and the truth. The bottom line: Marriages end. We do not own anyone- if we did – divorce would be null and void. I am always concerned that “the chldren” are provided for financially and emotionally. For better or worse is written in a lot of wedding vows BUT if the love turns to hate – it may be better for all involved to end the marriage.

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Laila

Posted at 6:05 PM on May 19, 2012  

Most men are unfaithful to their wives. And when it occurs the wife can make the decision how she wants to handle the matter- stay or go. The Kennedys are not the only men to have issues with “fidelity” – they just happen to have been in the public eyes for many many decades. They are a political family they never claimed to be saints. I am not condoning infidelity but if you look at the statistics – it happens often and not just men women also.

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Laila

Posted at 6:01 PM on May 19, 2012  

I do not know Bobby Jr. or Mary but so sad to hear of her death especially for those 4 children. But why blame anyone for the suicide of someone else. We can seek help for the depressed – even go to the extreme of getting them committed involuntarily BUT if they are committed to ending their life – no one can be present every minute of every day. She was pregnant with her first child when he was still married to his first wife. So this is the best indication of his “true” character. He was unfaithful and impregnated the mistress while married. Wonder how his first wife felt? He is a man who moves on before he officially ends the prior marriage- that is who he is and no one is perfect BUT is he the blame for her death? When we have all our self work connected to “a man” :- “a life style” etc – it can be devastating when the man or lifestyle is lost. Marriages end everyday – :finances dwindle all the time- but what about those lovely children. Three of the children were teenagers- so how was she going to loose them? The youngest probably was better off with his father if she had drug alcohol and depression- issues. That would allow her the time to focus exclusively on her rehab.

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granny

Posted at 5:02 PM on May 19, 2012  

what does the Kennedy men do to their wives. Something is
wrong,when so many in that clan has problems in their
mariage. they can’t keep their zippers zipped shut. They have had some saddness in their lives, but other familes have
also. I think alot of the sadness could be avoided if they took
the wedding vows sacred.

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Sully101

Posted at 4:21 PM on May 19, 2012  

She had a DUI charge after she was observed driving over a curb during the church fair—ONCE. Your account is simply not correct. There is a very public record of the hell this scumbag Kennedy (redundant–I know) put his wife through. He issued 3 restraining orders against her in order to lean on her enough to relinquish any custody of the kids. She hanged herself within a week of getting the third order. Of course the judges are as dirty as the Kennedy family, so poor Mary was never going to get equal justice. Any other man would feel remorse for what he did ton the mother of his kids. Fortunately RFK ( nor any of the Kennedy’s) have ever been afflicted with empathy or guilt.

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RFK Jr Sucks

Posted at 1:35 PM on May 19, 2012  

She said RFK Jr was ‘Gaslighting’ her. Emotionally, mentally, psychological abuse. I hope her siblings file a huge Wrongful Death action against him. He KNEW her fragile state and flaunted pix of himself and the dim-wit actress who couldn’t hold a candle to Mary Kennedy. She was afraid of losing her home she designed and ran for nearly two decades. She gave up her career as an architect to be his hostess, love his family, raise his kids. She was terrified after April 6th when there was a divorce hearing and her PROSECUTING LAWYER husband laid out a case for permanent custody of her kids. She was terrified of being broke when American Express hounded her for $32, 000 and when RFK Jr has access to hundreds of millions in the family trust. She killed herself just days after Mother’s Day in a dump of a dirty barn on the property she meticulously made. Right near heaps of trash. Thrown out by RFK Jr. I met this cad in 2006 and wish I could face him now. He is a coward, a monster, he killed his wife’s kids by remote control, by cruelty and neglect.

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Peggy d

Posted at 12:23 PM on May 19, 2012  

Typical behavior of the Kennedy. Family. What a shame! It is too bad these people think they are above the rest of us. We have lost a nephew from suicide also. I shall pray for those children and her family

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Nancy Cohen

Posted at 4:55 AM on May 19, 2012  

I could not agree with every word of your column more. You hit the issues right on the nose. He treated her like an old pair of shoes instead of helping her get through this horrendous and dangerous mood that seemed to plague her. Isn’t marriage for better or worse? Or is it about headline grabbing popularity? And where were her children to whom she was so attached. Did they really have to leave the house? There was no evidence they were in danger. The financial woes she was experiencing put me over the edge. With all that Kennedy money, Mary honestly had to worry about bills? And Bobby, who was so there for her was going to take her to trial in divorce. He could not settle it amicably and give her a fair settlement? What crap! Any woman, who does not want a divorce, has lost her kids and his facing a divorce trial against I presume a vicious attorney, depressed or not, will be in agony. I am disgusted with the Kennedys who were supposedly so in love with her and Bobby with this media blitz. The facts do not support the love and support they are trying to sell to the public. This poor troubled woman was hung out to dry. And I hope the facts come out (not to hurt her children) to expose what Bobby probably did to beat her down to nothing. Remember he had his first marriage annulled after 2 kids. Great guy. Thanks for letting me vent, having never met this woman, I am shedding many tears for her because I am reading what facts are available, not the B.S. in the Kennedy press releases. Her curse was her husband’s selfishness. G-d help her children.

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Lori Kimmy

Posted at 12:48 AM on May 19, 2012  

Wasn;’t he married to someone else when he started up with Mary Richardson? The affairs cannot have been such a big surprise to her if that’s how it all began with them. Still, a tough time for her…Mental illness is so hard.

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HJ

Posted at 12:02 AM on May 19, 2012  

Couldn’t agree more. Why go out on the red carpet with this Hines woman and his kids as if she were their mother? And this at a time when he knew his wife was really suffering. It looks like he was rubbing it in her face and the actress was only to willing to be a part of this sick game.

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Donna

Posted at 11:07 PM on May 18, 2012  

Whatever happened to marriage vows; in sickness and in health, until death do us part?

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Donna

Posted at 11:04 PM on May 18, 2012  

He drove her to drink with his cheating.

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sue

Posted at 7:16 PM on May 18, 2012  

Picture of RFK jr Mary & Hines @ Deer Valley 2010. Maybe Cheryl thought he was another horse and couldn’t resist the teeth

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Liss

Posted at 6:48 PM on May 18, 2012  

Addicts are looking for a caregiver so they can keep using.He tried to get her professional help. Sometimes it works sometimes not. It is up to the indidual to get clean.This is a sad but not unusual ending for her and the family..Can’t blame someone else for her disease.

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