A day before she committed suicide, a distraught Mary Kennedy reached out to her estranged husband, apologizing and asking for help, according to police documents released Wednesday.
"She told me that she was sorry for everything," Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told investigators the day after Mary Kennedy's suicide, according to police case files made public. "She said I was right about everything and everything was her fault. She then told me that she needed me to take care of her."
On May 16, Mary Kennedy's body was found hanging in a darkened, converted barn at the couple's Bedford home. The case files -- which include interviews with Robert Kennedy, a housekeeper and her husband, and Mary Kennedy's Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor -- reveal Mary Kennedy's frame of mind in the days leading to her suicide.
That Mother's Day, May 13, had been particularly hard for Mary Kennedy, her Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, Shannon White, told police. The 52-year-old mother of four spent part of the next day crying on the phone with her sponsor, concerned about the possibility of losing permanent custody of her children, White said.
Before Mary Kennedy's death, Robert Kennedy had been awarded temporary custody and was seeking permanent custody of the couple's children. The couple had been locked in a bitter two-year divorce battle.
On the day of the suicide, Robert Kennedy pulled White out of an AA meeting after a housekeeper's call reporting his wife missing prompted a fruitless search of the home. Robert Kennedy told White he was worried his wife had done something to herself, that no one had heard from her. Her car, cellphone, wallet and glasses were at the house, the police documents said.
Kennedy was frantic as he, White, the housekeeper, and the housekeeper's husband searched the grounds for Mary Kennedy, White told police. White found Mary Kennedy and she, the housekeeper, and the housekeeper's husband screamed, wailed and honked a car horn to get Robert Kennedy to the converted barn. He walked in and saw his wife. "Bobby went in with me and cried a little bit, moaning," White told police.
A lawyer for Mary Kennedy's family and Robert Kennedy' assistant could not immediately be reached for comment.