• AP (Woolf)

    Too Soon

    Vice Pulls Offensive Suicide Spread

    Magazine apologizes for depicting female writers' deaths.

    Vice incited uproar in their all-female fiction issue with “Last Words,” a fashion spread showing models in character as writers from Virginia Woolf to Sylvia Plath, stylishly reenacting their own deaths. After the Internet made its outrage known, the magazine pulled the images from its site and said in a statement emailed to Women in the World:

    The fashion spreads in VICE magazine are always unconventional and approached with an art editorial point-of-view rather than a typical fashion photo-editorial one. Our main goal is to create artful images, with the fashion message following, rather than leading.

  • One Year Later

    Mary Kennedy’s Suicide Mystery

    Was Richardson mentally ill or tormented by her husband? Nancy Collins reports on the bitter feud.

    “Was I surprised that Mary killed herself? No, because she threatened so often,” a friend recalls about Mary Richardson, the wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., who slipped her head through a hangman’s noose a year ago today at the age of 52. “A few days before she died, a friend who had dinner with Mary and the kids said, ‘She seems to be doing great. And I just looked at her. ‘You don’t get it. Mary is ill, not getting the right care, it’s ending. I pray that I’m wrong but this is going to play out one of two ways: She’ll kill Bobby or herself, and the greater fear, will she be alone or drive off a cliff with the kids in the car?’ ”

    “There’s no blame to be laid here,” adds someone familiar with the Kennedy divorce case. “This is not about what Bobby Kennedy nor Mary Richardson did or did not do. She was a beautiful, charming, enthusiastic, devoted, loving mother, but Mary had serious demons that she could not get under control.”

  • Saratoga (California) High School sophomore Audrie Pott. (Audrie Pott Foundation/Facebook)


    Dead After Inauguration Day

    The young victim was in President Obama's inaugural parade—and so was another 15-year-old who died tragically as well.

    At 11, Audrie Pott of California was in the color guard of the only middle-school band to march in President Obama’s first inaugural parade.

    “The president’s young daughters waved and cheered loudest for [this] group as all the other performers were so much older,” says a Pott family online posting about the Redwood Middle School’s moment in history.