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Couple Together for 6 Decades Carry Out Suicide Pact: Cops

NYC musician Joyce Hope Suskind, photographer Olaf Ringdahl found by friend

(Newser) - They swore they'd never be apart, and after nearly 60 years together, a Manhattan couple kept that promise in the most heartbreaking way. A friend of 88-year-old Joyce Hope Suskind and her 86-year-old husband, Olaf Ringdahl, found the artistic pair dead Sunday in their Upper West Side apartment, the... More »

Body of Magician Found in Closet at the Magic Castle

Police say the death at the private magicians' club was a suicide

(Newser) - The body of a magician was found in a closet Friday night at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Hollywood Reporter reports. According to ABC7 , the body was identified by police as 61-year-old Daryl Easton. In a statement, the Magic Castle called Easton a "beloved illusionist." Easton had... More »

2 Cars Drove Off Mountain Road Hours Apart—Both on Purpose

Man tried to kill himself at same spot his girlfriend had earlier that day: cops

(Newser) - Authorities say a man attempted suicide by driving off a California mountain road hours after his girlfriend killed herself in the same way at the same spot. The California Highway Patrol says investigators determined the two vehicles that went over the side of State Route 18 Saturday were related suicide... More »

The Small-Town 'Suicide' That Maybe Wasn't

Dead man's dad suspects it was a case of police brutality

(Newser) - In a Louisiana town with railroad tracks serving as a literal racial divide comes the story of a young black man who died after supposedly shooting himself on March 3, 2014—a "Houdini suicide" that cops say he pulled off while handcuffed in the back of a police car.... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Killed Himself; Accomplice in Custody

Boyette shot himself after motel standoff

(Newser) - A fugitive murder suspect who vowed he wouldn't be taken alive killed himself after being cornered at a Georgia motel Tuesday, police say. William "Billy" Boyette died of what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound moments after alleged accomplice Mary Rice surrendered at a motel in West... More »

Vet Couldn't Bear to Kill Them, but Couldn't Bear Not To

Taiwanese veterinarian kills herself with animal euthanasia drug; a year later, a law

(Newser) - The BBC notes that Chien Chih-cheng may have been "in the wrong job at the wrong time." That might be debatable, but what isn't is the fact that the Taiwanese veterinarian and animal lover met an awful fate last May when she killed herself, using the drug... More »

Reports: British Fighter Killed Himself to Avoid ISIS Capture

20-year-old shot himself during Raqqa offensive, say Kurds

(Newser) - A 20-year-old British man who left his job as a chef to fight ISIS ended up killing himself to avoid capture, family members and Kurdish fighters say. Kurdish sources tell the BBC that Ryan Lock and four other fighters died after they were besieged by ISIS militants during an offensive... More »

In Dark Slice of History, Teens Forced Gay Men Off Cliffs

Australian police now probing deaths from as long ago as 1976

(Newser) - For nearly two decades, Scott Johnson's death had been labeled a suicide. The 27-year-old's naked body was found Dec. 10, 1988, on a cliff overlooking Sydney's northern beaches, with his clothes folded above. His brother didn't buy it, and in 2005 he developed an alternate theory:... More »

Year After Mysterious Strychnine Death, an Identification

When a mystery man's body was found in UK, international investigation ensued

(Newser) - The man found lying on his back on a patch of grass on the outskirts of Manchester on Dec. 12, 2015, dead of strychnine poisoning, has finally been identified thanks to an international police investigation. Police believe that the man, identified as 67-year-old David Lytton, took his own life, reports... More »

Teen Girl Live-Streams Her Suicide on Facebook

She's at least 3rd person in US to live-stream their suicide in past month

(Newser) - A 14-year-old girl killed herself in her foster family's bathroom early Monday in Florida while live-streaming on Facebook Live, the Miami Herald reports. Police say the girl made a noose out of a scarf and hung herself from a shower door after live-streaming for two hours. A friend of... More »

Japan Asks Worn-Out Workers to Take Afternoon to Chill

'Premium Friday' begins in February

(Newser) - Workers in Japan put in notoriously long hours, and the country appears to be paying a price: stressed out workers and resulting health problems, including suicide. As the Japan Times notes, there's even a word for it: " karoshi ," or "death by overwork." Now Japan is... More »

Actress' Alleged Killer Tells Cops She Killed Herself

Claims she gave him her stuff, committed suicide: cops

(Newser) - DC yoga instructor Tricia McCauley was "violently sexually assaulted" before she was beaten and strangled, a prosecutor says, per NBC Washington . The man accused of her murder tells a very different story. McCauley—a stand-in in the film Step Up—told friends she was on her way to a... More »

Fashion Shoot Goes On for Hours Despite Dead Man

Models, photographers found dead man in warehouse but kept on working

(Newser) - A group of young Brits who broke into a Manchester warehouse over the summer to do a fashion shoot are now being decried not for the break-in, but for the dead body they worked around, the London Times and Manchester Evening News report. A Manchester coroner's court heard the... More »

Sheriff in American Sniper Case Found Dead

'It's a very sad situation'

(Newser) - Sad news from Erath County, Texas: Sheriff Tommy Bryant, the lead investigator in the 2013 murders of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and another man, was found dead at his home early Tuesday. The Dallas Morning News reports that authorities believe Bryant died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to... More »

Parents Say Counselor Knew Teen Was Suicidal, 'Kept It a Secret'

Erin and Timothy Gallagher allege negligence in son's death

(Newser) - Erin and Timothy Gallagher were heartbroken by their son's suicide on Feb. 3, but their pain only grew when they discovered his school counselor knew he'd had suicidal thoughts and "kept it a secret from us." That's the claim made in a $5 million wrongful-death... More »

Lawyer Found Dead Days After Daughter's Suicide

Brian Loncar found in his car at law firm

(Newser) - A well-known attorney in Dallas has been found dead just two days after his daughter's funeral. Brian Loncar, 56—nicknamed the "Strong Arm" thanks to local commercials for law firm Loncar & Associates—was found early Sunday in his Rolls Royce, parked at his law firm, reports Fox... More »

More Young Adolescents Dying of Suicide Than Car Accidents

According to 2014 CDC data

(Newser) - In 2014, 384 US kids aged 10 to 14 died in car accidents. That same year, 425 US kids of the same age range died of suicide. The stat, released by the CDC Thursday, is "really surprising," an expert who analyzed the data tells the New York Times... More »

6 Girls Commit Suicide in Canadian Province

A crisis of 'despair and hopelessness' for girls in Indigenous communities

(Newser) - "Our little girls are dying," Kimberly Jonathan, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, tells the CBC . On Sunday, a 13-year-old girl killed herself in an Indigenous community in northern Canada, the Canadian Press reports. She was the sixth Indigenous girl to commit suicide in the province... More »

Girl With 'Crooked' Smile From Cancer Treatments Kills Self

11-year-old Bethany Thompson beat her cancer, but mom says bullying tormented her

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl who beat cancer as a preschooler killed herself last month after what mom Wendy Feucht describes as unceasing bullying, CNN reports. Bethany Thompson, a sixth-grader in Cable, Ohio, had been free of cancer after undergoing radiation therapy for a brain tumor at the age of 3, but... More »

Dad Jumps From Bridge With 2 Kids; Then, a 'Miracle'

2 boys found injured but alive; father is dead

(Newser) - A father parked his vehicle on a New Jersey overpass, grabbed his two young sons in his arms, maneuvered around an 8-foot-high suicide prevention fence, then jumped, killing himself on Monday, police say. The boys, ages 1 and 3, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. An hour earlier, around 7pm, the unidentified man... More »

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