Sunday, May 26, 2024

Mary Kennedy Suicide Saga: Who Really Found Her


Who really found Mary Richardson Kennedy hanging from a noose in her barn on May 16th? It wasn’t Bobby Kennedy Jr and the housekeeper, as had previously had been said. According to an autopsy report, it was Shannon White, Mary’s long time friend and spiritual adviser. The story broke yesterday at t local Gannett newspaper–

The New York Daily News has also been covering the suicide and consequent treatment of Mary Richardson Kennedy, late wife of Robert Kennedy Jr. Here’s today’s link: First they revealed that Richardson’s grave was moved after her funeral to another spot in the Hyannis, Mass. cemetery–far from the Kennedys. Her family had previously gone to court to have Mary buried in their own plot.

Bobby Kennedy, even though he was divorcing his wife and was having a very public affair with a TV star, Cheryl Hines, wanted Richardson buried with the Kennedys–but not so much. Then it was scooped that the exhumation was improper, and that no papers were applied for or filed. Bobby just had her moved, period.

Some of this is now taking on the aspects of Teddy Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick story: lots of lies and half truths about what really went on with Mary Kennedy. It’s kind of shocking, and you can’t imagine what Kennedy’s older children must be thinking as these revelations appear.

Meantime, legal papers filed after Richardson’s death by her divorce lawyers are extremely shocking. The firm of Hennessey and Bienstock claims several things including that they’re owed almost $300,000 by Kennedy for work they did on his not-yet finalized divorce from Richardson. The firm is telling the Surrogate Court that Kennedy should not be “permitted  to serve  as Administrator of the estate because  of the significant  conflict  of interest between his interests, as distributee of and, most significantly, as debtor, to his estranged wife’s estate, and as adversary of the estate’s creditors.”

More about the papers in the next story….

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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