Mary Kennedy Begged RFK for Help Before Suicide
Details of final days revealed
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2012 9:42 AM CDT
In this Aug. 29, 2009 file photo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Mary arrive during funeral services for US Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston.   (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)

(Newser) – The day before she committed suicide, Mary Richardson Kennedy told estranged husband Robert Kennedy Jr. that "she was sorry for everything," RFK Jr. told police. "She said I was right about everything, and everything was her fault. She then told me she needed me to take care of her." But he couldn't take care of her because, he told the caretaker at Mary's Bedford home, "she doesn't want to help herself," according to what the caretaker told police. The account of Mary's last days comes from investigative records obtained by the New York Daily News and the Journal News.

Mary's caretaker told police she was worried about Mary because she had started staying in bed rather than going to the gym in the morning, and didn't leave her room during the two days before she died. The caretaker says she told Bobby that "something was wrong" with Mary and that she needed help; the papers imply that Bobby turned down the request. After her final phone call with Bobby, Mary called her AA sponsor Shannon White, distraught. The next day, the caretaker called Bobby after she was unable to find Mary in the house. Bobby, in turn, met with the sponsor and expressed his concern; White was the one to find Mary's body.

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Dec 22, 2012 11:04 PM CST
I am that woman. I have read your comments and I agree with some and not with others. I have been the strong superwoman with 3 children that people/family has said I would always land on my feet. My biggest mistake was picking men by leading with my heart and not my brain. I am talking evil men who use women and have no conscience. I not only did this once, I did it twice and yes it was absolutely my fault and the story behind it or why doesn't matter anymore. How do people selfishly take their lives? How do they not think about those left behind? How are things ever really THAT bad? Well for me it is simple..ending my life would be the greatest good for those involved. I am 39 and once again in a do over of life dragging my poor better deserving beautiful kids right along with me. I have very few people left in my life. I have sunk so low I don't see a light for the first time. For the first time in my life I don't have a solution to pull myself out and provide for my children. I am mentally exhausted. My oldest now 19 is now a big time stoner whom I kicked out last august for that reason as it is the opposite of how I raised him. I pretty much raised him single handedly and this my product? I have filled my life with takers who don't care about my well being only what I can do for them and it hurts more than anyone can imagine. I am tired I have failed in so many ways. Of course I think of those I'd leave behind mostly my children and how they need so much more and stability that I cannot give them. God knows I have tried.
Aug 10, 2012 11:37 AM CDT
There is nothing funny about suicide whoever it is. Yes the Kennedy's have a curse it's called greed. They only care about themselves. My Dad killed himself but he was not drunk just sick in mind & sole for all the wongs he had done over his lifetime that my mother told him happened that he did not remember. They never think nor know what it does to the people left behind. I know & I never want to feel that way again.
Aug 9, 2012 7:27 PM CDT
she fell through the cracks. she cried out for help in whispers. no one heard. or no one listened. and no one is to blame. after so many cries of wolf, like peter. then the enablers stopped enabling. thinking that was the right thing to do. well, they enabled her to take her life. it's a tough call. who's to blame? her? kennedy? the caretaker? suicide never ceases to befuddle me. i've know a few who have killed themselves. yet i cannot imagine one killing one's self! our inner core is self-preservation at almost any and all cost. how could one do that??? what could be so dark, so impossible, so stuck in mire that one cannot climb out of? it is unfathomable to me. i've been down. i've been left with .05 cents in my bank account. i've lost 2 jobs. i rejoiced that i had noodles and a can of chicken, some frozen peas in my larder. i made a great casserole that fed me for several days until the govt. finally released my benefits. grateful that i did not have to go into my retirement funds. self-preservation. self-preservation. why did she not have that? she had people around her rich people, i had no one yet killing myself was not even in the back reaches of my mind. i ruminated, slept and waited. be the water not the rock. be one with the situation. yeah, the zen kicked in. your're either on the path or on the side of the road. i was on the path. still am. until providence steps in. of which i have no control over. -