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The Mary Richardson Kennedy suicide — it’s ugly

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. his wife Mary arrive for funeral services for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy BasilicOur Lady  Perpetual

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Mary arrive for funeral services for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts Sturday, August 29, 2009. Senator Kennedy died late Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool)

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Updated: July 13, 2012 6:24AM

The Kennedy Suicide ...

It’s a new version of the Hatfield-McCoy feud.

It’s called the Richardson-Kennedy battle.

◆To wit: The story behind the recent hanging suicide of Robert F. Kennedy’s Jr’s wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy — is getting uglier.

◆Backshot: Mrs. Kennedy, reportedly a stickler for perfection enmeshed in a marital nightmare fueled by alcoholism (hers) and rampant infidelity (his), hung herself with a noose she learned how to make on the Internet.

◆Buckshot: A recent Newsweek article by Laurence Leamer, which claims divorce documents contend Mrs. Kennedy had Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), prompted the Richardson family to issue a statement declaiming “the scurrilous (divorce) court affidavit,” claiming it was written by Bobby Kennedy — and stating it was a false claim Mrs. Kennedy has BPD.

◆The Richardson family statement ends: “There will be a time and a place for the true facts to come out.”

The Ax Man ...

Is the real Barack Obama actually political strategist David Axelrod, who gets monumental news coverage? Just asking.

The Edwards File ...

Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards is playing basketball at his estate to ward off stress awaiting a possible retrial on federal corruption charges.

◆He is keeping undercover until a court decision is made.

◆He is awaiting publication of his former mistress Rielle Hunter’s book.

◆So what is the relationship with Rielle Hunter now? He is “still in a loving relationship with Rielle Hunter,” according to Glenn Yeffeth, whose company, BenBella Books, is publishing Hunter’s memoir: “What Really Happened: John Edwards, our Daughter and Me”—which is due out June 26.

◆The kicker: Sneed heard rumbles the feds may withhold a decision on retrying Edwards pending the memoir’s release.

◆To wit: A portrait of Edwards as a sympathetic victim of a difficult marriage could help put a nail in any further prosecution and not give the feds a reason to spend taxpayer money on another trial.

◆Up shot: “I can assure you there is nothing in this book they (the feds) would want,” said Yeffeth. “It will dispell falsehoods and misinformation about their story which came out at the trial.”

◆Quick shot: The book is dedicated to the couple’s child, Frances Quinn, whom Edwards has referred to as “My precious Quinn.”

◆Hot Pot: The book company’s latest successful entrant was a book on nutrition called “The China Study.”

Conan’s cannon ...

Puck Luck: TV talkie Conan O’Brien needed a launcher to pitch T-shirts into the audience for his nighttime TBS show being taped this week at the Chicago Theatre.

◆So Conan’s people called Alan Kaye, Chicago’s self-proclaimed “Concierge to the Stars,” who got on the phone with Chicago Blackhawks exec Jay Blunk—who loaned Conan two United Center T-shirt launchers for no charge.

“The Blackhawks are big Conan fans,” said Kaye.

This & That ...

◆Foxy Loxy: England’s Prince Philip, the 91-year old hubby of Queen Elizabeth managed to absent himself from part of his wife’s Jubilee spree by coming down with a bladder infection. But was out of the hospital in time to celebrate his birthday party.

◆Is it true actress Jennifer Aniston keeps her wrinkles at bay by using Vaseline under each eye ... or is it on her hair?

The Waukegan Warrior ...

Uber attorney/literary ace Robert Barnett, the Waukegan native whose clients include President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has done it again; been hired by another famous, bold-faced name.

◆Translation: Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has retained Barnett in his bid to write a book about his life and quest for human rights in his native country.

Dock’s Luck ...

Cerveza and a C-Note saved the day when restaurateur Nick Hynes lost power at his Montrose Beach eatery, The Dock, recently.

◆Translation: He used an army of comped Coronas at the bar and $100 to procure a generator from a man hosting a nearby picnic—averting thousands in lost revenue.

Sneedlings ...

Tuesday’s birthdays: George Bush, 88; Marv Albert, 71; Adriana Lima, 31; Chick Corea, 71; Kendra Wilkinson, 28; Jim Nabors, 82; Michelle Klarchek, ageless.

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