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Two 11-Year-Olds Die by Suicide in Colorado

Cops don't know if tragic deaths are connected

(Newser) - These are troubling times for parents in Fort Collins, Colo., where two 11-year-old children took their own lives within days of each other. The suicide of a girl in sixth grade at Lincoln Middle School last Monday was followed by the Saturday night suicide of a boy who attended Blevins... More »

Texas Teen Committed Suicide by Cobra

Grant Thompson allowed monocled cobra to bite him: autopsy

(Newser) - Authorities say a young pet-store staffer in Texas committed suicide with help from a cobra. Grant Thompson, 18, was found in cardiac arrest inside his car in a North Austin parking lot on July 14. An autopsy report, obtained by the Austin American-Statesman , shows Thompson suffered "multiple separate bites"... More »

Here's How Officers Found Gliniewicz

They weren't far away when they heard 'muffled' gunshot

(Newser) - The three Fox Lake officers who found Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz on Sept. 1 were closing in on the cop when he took his own life , according to a police report. While walking on a gravel road heading to assist Gliniewicz—who had said he was checking out three suspicious... More »

Crooked Cop Sought Hitman Before Staging Suicide

Detective says Lt. Gliniewicz was looking to put a hit on village manager

(Newser) - Months before an Illinois police officer staged his suicide to make it seem like he died in the line of duty, subjecting his community to an expensive and fruitless manhunt, he apparently sought a hit man to kill a village administrator he feared would expose him as a thief, a... More »

Texts Show How Desperate Crooked Cop Had Become

Source: Gliniewicz's wife, son are now under investigation

(Newser) - Illinois police on Wednesday confirmed police officer Charles "Joe" Gliniewicz orchestrated a " carefully staged suicide " after stealing money from the Fox Lake Police Department's Explorer program over seven years. Lake County Major Crimes Task Force commander George Filenko says the probe points to "criminal activity... More »

How a Mother Survived Her Son's Suicide

Jane Clementi: 'I was thinking about ending my pain'

(Newser) - In an emotional, hours-long interview with the Daily Beast , Jane Clementi opens up about how she nearly took her own life in the days, weeks, and years following her son Tyler's suicide. Tyler Clementi killed himself in 2010 after his roommate at Rutgers set up a webcam to catch... More »

Ill. Cop's Death 'Carefully Staged Suicide': Cops

Joe Gliniewicz stole, laundered money from youth training program: county police

(Newser) - The Illinois cop found shot to death in September, setting off a statewide manhunt for three suspects he had told dispatchers he was chasing, actually orchestrated a "carefully staged suicide," George Filenko, the commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, said in a press conference Wednesday,... More »

Robin Williams' Widow: He Had Just 3 Years Left to Live

Susan Williams talks about his final months, days

(Newser) - More than a year after he took his own life, Robin Williams' widow is talking about his final days. In interviews with People and Good Morning America , Susan Williams says that it was Lewy Body Dementia or DLB, an incurable brain disease commonly associated with Parkinson's , that drove her... More »

Mystery of Elisa Lam Still Haunts Internet Sleuths

Clear-cut to some, others are not convinced we have all the facts

(Newser) - When 21-year-old Canadian college student Elisa Lam checked into the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, she never checked out. With known bouts of depression that kept her from completing much course work at all in her first three years of college, the Canadian also left behind traces of inner turmoil... More »

Model, 40, Dies After 7-Hour Police Standoff on Bridge

Sam Sarpong, ex-Tommy Hilfiger model and MTV co-host, dead in Calif. suicide

(Newser) - Police crisis negotiators and family members tried for seven hours Monday to talk a distressed British actor and model off a California bridge, but the incident ended in tragedy, Us Weekly reports. Per Hollywood Life , Sam Sarpong, 40, an ex-Tommy Hilfiger model and former co-host of MTV's Yo Momma... More »

Father, Son Dead in Double Hanging: Cops

Coroner thinks both committed suicide

(Newser) - A father and his adult son were found hanging from a tree at their Ohio home, and the coroner thinks both committed suicide. Miami County Coroner Dr. William Ginn says the men were discovered in the backyard of their home in Tipp City in western Ohio. The Troy Daily News... More »

Wife of Murdered Jogger Kills Herself

Dallas woman's husband was stabbed in random attack

(Newser) - Patti Stevens was unable to go on living after the love of her life was killed in a horrific and random murder, police say. The 54-year-old physical therapist was found dead on Sunday in the garage of the Dallas-area home she shared with husband Dave Stevens, who was stabbed to... More »

Mystery Surrounds Journalist's Airport Death

Friends say story of Jacqueline Sutton's alleged suicide in Turkey 'doesn't stick'

(Newser) - British journalist Jacqueline Sutton was appointed director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in Iraq under tragic circumstances. She got the post when her predecessor at the nonprofit—which aims to train local journalists in conflict zones—was killed by a car bomb in May. Now, just a... More »

At Alaskan Natives Conference, Another Suicide

Police say man jumps to his death inside building

(Newser) - The largest annual gathering of indigenous people in Alaska took place over the weekend, with a recent spate of suicides in a rural village among the group's big issues, reports AP . Sadly, the conference was cut short because of yet another suicide inside the very building where members of... More »

Alaska Village Has 4th Suicide in 3 Weeks

21-year-old man knew the other 3 who died

(Newser) - If suicides were happening in the rest of the United States at the rate they're taking place in Hooper Bay, Alaska, more than a million young people would have killed themselves since Sept. 24. State troopers say that a 21-year-old man has become the fourth person to die by... More »

In an Alaska Village, a Suicidal Domino Effect

3 young people commit suicide, each one influenced by the one before

(Newser) - A Native village on Alaska's western coast is reeling from back-to-back suicides of three young adults—with each subsequent death influenced by the preceding one. The first death occurred Sept. 24 with the suicide of a 26-year-old man. Alaska State Troopers say the second death occurred Oct. 2 and... More »

Cop Talks 12-Year-Old Girl Down From Bridge

Chris Perez caught child in bear hug, pulled her to safety

(Newser) - Faced with a 12-year-old girl hanging by an arm from an 80-foot-high bridge, threatening to end her young life, a rookie cop started talking, reports CBS Los Angeles . Asking the girl if he could come closer, Officer Chris Perez says the child "was just crying and holding on;"... More »

New Texts Surface From 'Suicide-by-Text' Teen

Judge dismisses plea to drop charges against Michelle Carter

(Newser) - It looks like Michelle Carter will be tried for allegedly encouraging her friend to commit suicide in a Massachusetts parking lot last July. A judge refused to dismiss involuntary manslaughter charges against Carter, 18, in a court ruling on Tuesday, though her lawyer says he'll appeal, reports the Sun ... More »

Target Troll Returns to Stick Up for Rainbow Doritos

Haters are 'slowing down collective progress for all humanity': Mike Melgaard

(Newser) - Mike Melgaard is at it again. The guy who famously trolled folks outraged that Target was taking down gender-specific signage is back, this time lending his "customer service" skills to the Doritos brand, Time reports. After Doritos' rainbow-colored chips debuted last week as a sign of support for LGBT... More »

Woman Jumps From Hotel, Lands on Pedestrian

Victim suffers critical injuries

(Newser) - A man is in critical condition after a woman jumped from the 11th floor of a Los Angeles hotel this morning and landed on top of him, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victim was walking by the Crowne Plaza hotel when he was hit from above, and the woman... More »

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