A Facebooker I know posted a month-old story from Forbes concerning the suicide of Mary Richardson Kennedy.
The article goes on:
In 1941, Robert Kennedy Jr.’s aunt, Rosemary Kennedy, born with developmental problems, underwent a lobotomy that resulted in her spending the rest of her life institutionalized. She died in 2005.
Three years later, the eldest Kennedy uncle, Joseph Kennedy Jr, died in a plane crash while on a bombing mission over the Channel during the second world war. In 1948 another plane crash in France killed a sister, Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish, at 28.
In 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated with his wife at his side as his presidential motorcade rolled through Dallas, Texas.
In 1968, Robert’s father, Robert F. Kennedy Sr., was assassinated at age 42 in Los Angeles following his victory in California’s Democratic presidential primary election.
Thirteen months later, while returning from a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts with a aide Mary Jo Kopechne, Edward “Ted” Kennedy drove off a bridge and the car ended up in the water. Kennedy managed to escape, but Kopechne drowned. The event left a negative mark on Ted Kennedy’s political career.
In 1984, David Kennedy, one of Robert Kennedy’s 11 children, died at age 28 of an overdose of cocaine and other drugs. Thirteen years later, Michael, another of Robert’s sons, was killed when he hit a tree while skiing in Aspen, Colorado.
In 1999, Robert Jr.’s cousin, John Kennedy Jr., died with his wife and sister-in-law when their small plane crashed into the Atlantic near Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
There are those that go on about the “Kennedy curse” or the “Kennedy tragedy”. Well, the history that is recorded always reflects the viewpoint of those in power.
1. Rosemary Kennedy did not have developmental problems. She was a wild child who partied and slept around, and her father (Joe Sr.) couldn’t control her. He finally had her lobotomized and institutionalized in a convent in Wisconsin so as not to bring “shame” to the Kennedy family. (This seems to be the Kennedy version of honor killings.)
2. Joe Jr. was a bomber pilot during WWII. His death was sad, but then so were the deaths of the other 10-million plus folks who died due to that war.
3. John F. and Robert were both murdered, and that was indeed tragic (the only items listed in the article that were).
4. The Chappaquiddick incident was tragic, but for the Kopechne family not the Kennedys. Ted Kennedy took Ms. Kopechne from the party they were attending in order to fuck her in the back of the car. Being too drunk to drive safely, however, he drove both of them into the water. Twelve hours after he pulled himself from the car (leaving Ms. Kopechne to drown), Kennedy finally bothered to call the police to report the incident. This incident should have fried his political career summarily and put him behind bars.
5. David Kennedy was one of the original party boys, and drugged himself to death. Small loss.
6. Michael Kennedy and his friends were warned repeatedly by ski resort guards not to play “ski football” on the slopes because it was too dangerous. Kennedy laughed and ignored the advice, and ran smack into a huge spruce tree trying to retrieve a pass. Good riddance.
7. John Kennedy Jr. was an arrogant prick who was not certified to fly IFR (by instruments), and there was a thick fog that night. He was warned by the airport authorities that he should not fly, and he told them to go fuck themselves, thus killing himself, his wife, and her sister. End of story.
In short — there is no tragedy here. Just a run of bad luck that every large family runs across, combined with the arrogance and shortsightedness of many members of the family.
Oh, and the patriarch of this clan, Joseph Kennedy Senior, made the family’s fortune by breaking the law and running booze from Canada during Prohibition, and setting up molasses-to-rum distilleries in the West Indies to run booze from the Caribbean to America.