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Air Force Colonel Accused of Rape Kills Self

Eugene Caughey's court-martial was scheduled for Oct. 17

(Newser) - A high-ranking Air Force Space Command officer who was charged with rape and other crimes was found dead in his Colorado home after civilian police received a report of a suicide, officials said Monday. The body of Col. Eugene Caughey, 46, was found Sunday at his off-base home in Colorado... More »

Husband of Jim Carrey's Ex Is Suing Over Her Suicide

He accuses actor of illegally obtaining drugs

(Newser) - Jim Carrey's on-and-off girlfriend Cathriona White was married to somebody else when she killed herself last year —and he is now suing the actor. Oregon man Mark Burton accuses Carrey of illegally obtaining the prescription drugs that killed the 30-year-old Irishwoman, USA Today reports. Burton, who filed a... More »

Mom Accused in Murder of 'Baby Chance' Kills Self in Jail

Kristen Bury found dead in prison cell

(Newser) - The mother of "Baby Chance," the 9-week-old boy whose murder made headlines last year, committed suicide in her Florida prison cell Saturday, the Miami Herald reports. Kristen Bury, 33, was charged with the Sept. 2015 murder of Chance Walsh, along with Chance's father, Joe Walsh, 37. Police... More »

Politician Kills Self 4 Days Before Primary

Republican assemblyman Bill Nojay shot himself at family's burial plot

(Newser) - A New York state lawmaker running for re-election killed himself Friday, four days before the state's Republican primary, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. Police were called about a distraught man at an area cemetery and arrived to see Bill Nojay shoot and kill himself. He died next to his... More »

Official: Teen Shooter, Victim Didn't Know Each Other

Teen shot fellow student, self at Alpine High School in Texas

(Newser) - The superintendent of the Texas school district where a 14-year-old girl shot and injured a student before turning the gun on herself says investigators don't believe the girls knew each other, the AP reports. Alpine Independent School District superintendent Becky Watley said Friday officials are still looking into possible... More »

Police Chief Kills Himself Moments After Suspension

Bay St. Louis Mayor suggests Mike DeNardo would've been cleared

(Newser) - A Mississippi police chief under investigation for a "personnel" issue was suspended without pay around 3pm Thursday. Moments later, colleagues say Bay St. Louis' top cop walked into the police station parking lot and intentionally shot himself in the chest. Mike DeNardo, 63, was alert and talking while being... More »

Female Shooter Dead, 2 Hurt in Texas School Shooting: Cops

Sheriff says female shooter killed herself at Alpine High School

(Newser) - A female student has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting and injuring another female student at a high school in the West Texas town of Alpine, the Brewster County sheriff said Thursday, per the AP . "The shooter appears to have shot herself," Brewster County Sheriff... More »

After Student's Suicide, a Moving Post-it Campaign

Beautiful gesture by Ohio high school students

(Newser) - Students at Ohio's Mason High School came into school Wednesday to find a surprise on their lockers: what a Mason City Schools Facebook post called "messages of hope and healing," per the Telegraph . Those messages were encouraging phrases like "You are strong" and "You are... More »

Teen Kills Herself After Uploading 'Racist' Image

Phoebe Connop's Instagram photo spread further than she meant it to

(Newser) - A photo that started out as an Instagram joke meant to be shared among a few friends led a British teen to kill herself after more people saw it than she intended, the Telegraph reports. The problem with the pic taken by Phoebe Connop: She was afraid it would be... More »

Old Rape Case Resurfaces to Haunt an Oscar Hopeful

Actor/director Nate Parker was acquitted in 2001

(Newser) - Nate Parker hoped his drama about an 1831 slave rebellion would generate Oscar buzz. But talk about The Birth of a Nation—which Fox Searchlight bought for a record $17.5 million after its Sundance premiere—has suddenly taken a turn. As the New York Times recounts, the first-time director... More »

Boy, 13, Commits Suicide, Leaves Behind Letter on Bullying

Daniel Fitzpatrick was found in his attic on Thursday

(Newser) - When Daniel Fitzpatrick first entered Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Brooklyn, it was a "great life," he explained in a letter written a few weeks before he committed suicide on Thursday. The 13-year-old Staten Island boy wrote that things later spiraled downward due to incessant bullying at the... More »

Tragic Twist in Case of Rock Tossed From Overpass

Rock severely injured wife of Randy Budd, who committed suicide Saturday

(Newser) - For the past two years, Randy Budd had fought for two things: the implementation of protective fencing on highway overpasses, and wife Sharon, who was severely injured when a 4.5-pound rock was tossed onto the car she was riding in on July 10, 2014. He may have been battling... More »

Japanese Literally Work Themselves to Death

'Karoshi' demises are often from suicide, heart attack, or stroke

(Newser) - Work-life balance is the American worker's goal, but for Japanese employees, work and life may be one and the same. The Washington Post takes a look at Japan's toil-til-you-drop culture, where 12-hour days are typical and there's even a word ("karoshi") that means "death... More »

Environmentalists Dead in Apparent Double-Suicide

Louis and Judith Friedman were ahead of their time

(Newser) - Long before Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, Louis and Judith Friedman were traveling the world, discussing environmental issues. Their advocacy came to an end Tuesday when the couple—who once gave Mikhail Gorbachev a solar-powered watch—were found dead in their Connecticut home by an attorney who dropped by... More »

20 Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day: VA

Most are over 50, according to 2014 data

(Newser) - The first official count of suicides among veterans is grim: 7,403 veterans committed suicide in 2014, or an average of 20 per day, according to Veterans Affairs, which reviewed data from every state. The group estimated there were 22 veteran suicides per day in 2010, but had never taken... More »

Here's What Jim Carrey's Ex Said in Her Suicide Note

Cathriona White overdosed in September

(Newser) - Cathriona White took a fatal overdose of prescription drugs in September, soon after Jim Carrey ended their relationship, and left a suicide note addressed to him . Now, months later, People has details from that note:
  • "I've spent 3 days now in disbelief that you're not here. I
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10 Jobs With the Highest Suicide Rates

Farming, fishing, and forestry top the list

(Newser) - Teachers and librarians have the lowest suicide rate while farmers and fishermen have the highest, according to a CDC study of 12,300 suicides in 17 states in 2012. Why the discrepancy? Researchers say "job-related isolation and demands, stressful work environments, and work-home imbalance, as well as socioeconomic inequities"... More »

India's First Female Uber Driver Found Dead

'She was an inspiration to many driver partners and riders'

(Newser) - The life of Bharathi Veerath, a trailblazing cab driver who made headlines when she become the first woman to drive for Uber in India, has come to a tragic end, authorities say. The 40-year-old was found hanged in her home in Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, this week, and authorities... More »

120 Kids' Suicide Notes Lead to This Musician's Inked Arm

Robb Nash wants to show other teens that they're not alone

(Newser) - Robb Nash and his band are known for not only playing concerts in schools and detention centers across Canada, but also for digging deep with teens about mental illness and self-harm. After he performs, the Winnipeg musician is often approached and handed suicide notes by young listeners who relate... More »

Time Might Be Running Out in 'Suicide-by-Text' Case

There's a chance prosecutors will need to put Michelle Carter on trial by Aug. 11

(Newser) - Time could be running out for Massachusetts prosecutors seeking to put a teenager on trial for encouraging her boyfriend to take his own life by sending him dozens of text messages and telling him to "get back in" a truck filled with carbon monoxide fumes, the AP reports. Michelle... More »

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