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Born: 11 April 1928
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Best known as: The wife of Senator Robert F. Kennedy
Name at birth: Ethel Skakel
Ethel Skakel married future senator Robert F. Kennedy on 17 June 1950. (She had roomed with RFK's sister Jean Kennedy at the Manhattan College of the Sacred Heart.) Ethel became a well-known member of the Kennedy clan, particularly after Robert became Attorney General under his brother, John F. Kennedy, and then a senator from New York. Ethel and Robert had eleven children in all. Ethel was widowed in 1968 when her husband was shot to death by Sirhan Sirhan while Robert Kennedy was campaigning for president. After her husband's death Ethel founded the RFK Memorial organization, a non-profit group devoted to social activism and human rights. Her name was in the news in 2002 when a nephew, Michael Skakel, went on trial for the 1975 killing of Martha Moxley. Michael Skakel is the son of Ethel's brother Rushton Skakel.
Kennedy Nephew Skakel Found Guilty in 1975 Murder
Skakel, 41, a nephew of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, was jailed Friday after he was convicted in the 1975 beating death of Moxley. At the time, Skakel and Moxley were 15-year-old neighbors in wealthy Greenwich.( AP, June 8 2002,by John Christoffersen )
Possibly the richest Belle Haven family, and the most prominent, was that of Rushton Skakel. A widower with seven children, Skakel was an heir to a fortune earned by his father.
The Skakels' money, however, was not the only thing that distinguished them. In 1950, at St. Mary's Church in Greenwich, Rushton's sister Ethel had married a law student from a more celebrated Irish American family named Robert Kennedy. By 1975, both Robert, who became U. S. attorney general and then senator, and his brother Jack, who became president, had been assassinated. Ethel Skakel Kennedy was the second most famous of their widows.（ May 18,1997, by Joel Lang，Hartford Courant）
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