Mary Kennedy, the wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was found dead at 1:36 p.m in an out building at her home at 326 S Bedford Rd, Bedford, NY.This incident followed the 2010 filing of divorce, two DWI arrests and drunken 911 calls involving drunken family disputes. The Kennedy home is 8.9 miles and a 13 minute drive from the Stepping Stones Compound of Bill Wilson. Given the timing of the 61st Annual Family Groups Picnic at Stepping Stones on Saturday June 2, 2012 being a little over 2 weeks away, I am expecting the dark AA Evangelists at that picnic to attempt to make a martyr of this tragedy. This event will most likely overshadow the talk about this months murder trial of Bob Ryder in Lewiston, Maine whose sponsor Floyd Nadeau, finally went to the police two and a half weeks after he learned of the death of Donita Brown and viewed her buried in the basement. It took two and a half weeks to rport this murder because of the perceived anonymity and "AA confidentiality clause" that AA members believe protects them from reporting these things.
Mary Kennedy Found Dead on Bedford Estate
By Lisa Buchman
Mary Kennedy, the 52-year-old estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead in her Bedford home today.
The Kennedy family released a statement to the press Wednesday evening:
"We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her. Our heart goes out to her children who she loved without reservation. We have no further comment at this time."
The Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed her death to Patch. They will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause.
Bedford police responded to the Kennedy residence at 326 South Bedford Road at 1:36 p.m. to investigate what they described as an "unattended death" discovered in an out-building on the property. They did not say what prompted them to go there.
Bedford resident Peter Michaelis, photographer and former journalist, shared personal photos with Patch of Kennedy, whom he had known as a teenager growing up in Washington, D.C. and later, as a fellow student at Brown University.
"I've lost a dear friend," he said. "She was a wonderful person and a wonderful mother—she was always there for you." Michaelis, who also photographed her home renovation, said he saw her in recent weeks and knew she was having a "rough time," but there was no indication something like this could happen. He said he was shocked and saddened by her death.
The Kennedys were married in 1994; Robert Kennedy, Jr. filed for divorce in May 2010.
That news of their split two years ago followed a string of negative reports about the Kennedy family.
On May 15, 2010, she was arrested after police said she arrived at the St. Patrick's Carnival and drove up onto a curb. She failed field sobriety tests at the scene and was charged with DWI but pleaded not guilty later that month.
Police records also showed two visits to the Kennedy home in the month prior to the DWI arrests. The first was a 911 call after which Mary Kennedy reported that she had an argument with family members, leading police officers to file state domestic incident report; the second call was reportedly over a squabble between the Kennedy children. No further investigation is pending either of the two domestic incidents.
Later that summer, Kennedy was arrested and charged after she was allegedly caught driving 82 miles per hour on the Taconic State Parkway. She was brought to Troop K headquarters in Poughkeepsie where tests allegedly revealed that she had prescription medication in her system. In addition to the DWAI charge, police ticketed Kennedy for speeding.
In September 2010, she pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs in Pleasant Valley town court.
The downward spiral followed a harmonious picture of the couple that was presented in April 2010, when they opened the doors to their newly refurbished "green" home to the media. Mary Kennedy was an architect who said she was responsible for the energy efficient home's design.
Robert Kennedy, Jr. divorced his previous wife, Emily Ruth Black, in 1994.
News of Mary Kennedy's death prompted the imediate response of news organizations large and small to the driveway leading to the brick colonial residence off of Route 172. Around 6 p.m., Bedford police asked everyone to leave. Media reassembled at the intersection of the driveway and Route 172.