Mary may have hanged herself to make a statement that her death was no accident, a relationship expert and family therapist tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
While Mary Kennedy suffered from depression, and alcohol and drug abuse up until her death on May 16, her decision to commit suicide by hanging means she wanted to make sure there was no doubt she would die, Dr. Phil Dembo, relationship expert and family therapist tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
Mary, who was 52, may have chosen to hang herself for three possible reasons, Dr. Dembo says. The mother of four may have wanted “to make sure that she made a statement to whomever she wanted to find her that this was no accident. Perhaps, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,” her estranged husband.
“People who commit deliberate suicide, not accidentally by a gesture of attention getting behavior, like Mary Kennedy, don’t feel their is any way out of the pain they are feeling,” Dr. Dembo says. “Mary had struggled with alcoholism and addiction for a long time and perhaps felt that she had failed her marriage, her children and her world.”
The other reasons Mary may have chosen to hang herself include to feel the struggle of death as she leaves her life, and to make sure there was no doubt she would die.
“Cutting off your ability to breathe as you hang there waiting to die is very purposeful and deliberate,” Dr. Dembo says.
“Hanging, once committed to it is physically impossible to retract,” he added. “Overdoses often can be overturned if you are found soon enough and your stomach is pumped and suicide by a gun is often seen as too violent and messy for those who find you. Given her celebrity status, Mary Kennedy knew what she was doing.”
— Reporting by Sandra Clark, written by Kaydi Poirier
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