The Daily News and The New York Post both put the news of the suicide of Mary Kennedy, wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., on their front pages today. They use the same photo, an image of the couple smiling. The News keeps it relatively simple, but for the brutal mention of her hanging. The Post brings back that phrase we've heard over and again, "the Kennedy curse," it's struck again. ABC News also goes with a Kennedy Curse headline, as does Forbes, the Independent, Daily Mail, and so on. We've heard this phrase over and over again; there's even a book by Edward Klein (now in the news for his "invective-laden" Obama book, The Amateur) that uses it in the title.
Whenever another tragedy happens in the Kennedy family, the "curse" comes up again, along with "evidence" of how those lives have been destroyed by the alleged curse.
Surely, the family has had more than their share of extremely sad things happen to them; things that also end up in the news because of who they are. Sometimes it's political (the assassinations of JFK and Bobby); sometimes it's lifestyle-related (Chappaquiddick, overdoses, skiing accidents, JFK Jr. and Carolyn in a plane crash off of Martha's Vineyard, Kathleen Kennedy Cavendish died in a plane crash in France); sometimes it's valor (Joseph Kennedy Jr. died in a bombing mission in World War II); or sometimes health-related (Edward Kennedy).