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Freed Death-Row Inmate Kills Self

Paula Cooper gained support of pope when sentenced to death at 16

(Newser) - Paula Cooper, once the youngest death-row inmate in the US, has been found dead of a suicide two years after she was released after 27 years in prison . Police say Cooper, 45, was found dead near an ITT Technical Institute parking lot in Indianapolis on Tuesday. She suffered a self-inflicted... More »

The Sad Conclusions of a Suicide Study—of Kids

Researchers looked at 657 suicides in two decades, of kids 5 to 11

(Newser) - It has to rank among the saddest of studies: a new look at suicides among young children. Researchers reviewed two decades of CDC data, from 1993 to 2012. Though they write in JAMA Pediatrics that "suicide is a leading cause of death among school-aged children younger than 12 years,... More »

Why Men Kill Themselves Far More Often Than Women

Social perfectionism could be at work

(Newser) - "In every country in the world, male suicides outnumber female," writes Will Storr in Mosaic . And not by a little bit: In the world's most suicidal countries, the male suicide rate is often six or eight times the female rate (Quartz has a pretty staggering graphic here... More »

What the Recession Was Good for: Our Mental Health

Researchers say it could be result of fewer doc visits or more leisure time

(Newser) - Americans appear to have experienced better mental health during the recent recession than during the years leading up to it. So say researchers out of the University of Maryland who crunched data on depression, anxiety, and psychological disorders in a study published this week in PLoS ONE . The reason remains... More »

Widow: Flight Crew Wouldn't Let Me Save Husband

Husband texted her about his suicide, but she coudn't call for help

(Newser) - A rough story out of Wisconsin, where a woman on a plane waiting to take off says she received a text from her suicidal husband but was not allowed to call him or summon help. By the time the plane landed, her husband was dead. Karen Momsen-Evers tells Scripps Media... More »

Key to Mountain States' 'Suicide Belt': Thin Air?

Researchers say hypoxia is a 'distinct risk factor' for depression

(Newser) - The suicide rate in the American West—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—is roughly 1.5 times higher than in the rest of the nation (18-plus suicides per 100,000 people compared to 12.5), earning it the morbid moniker "the Suicide Belt."... More »

Everybody Loves Raymond Twin Kills Himself

Sawyer Sweeten was 19

(Newser) - Former child star Sawyer Sweeten, who was still a baby when he made his debut on Everybody Loves Raymond, has killed himself a few weeks before his 20th birthday. Sweeten, who played Geoffrey Barone during the show's nine-year run, was visiting family in Texas and "went on the... More »

Confusion in Wake of Indian Farmer's Suicide at Rally

Supposed suicide note mentions poverty, but some say Gajendra Singh was egged on

(Newser) - A land-reform rally in India's capital went horribly awry yesterday when a farmer took his own life in front of attendees, the Independent reports. Gajendra Singh, said by the Hindustan Times to be a 43-year-old father of three, shocked onlookers at the Aam Aadmi Party gathering by climbing a... More »

Famed Chicago Chef Dead in Apparent Suicide

Homaro Cantu found hanged in building he planned as brewery

(Newser) - Homaro Cantu went from being homeless while growing up to becoming a famed chef in Chicago—but his life was cut tragically short yesterday. The 38-year-old was found hanged in the building where he planned to open a brewery, and authorities suspect suicide, the Chicago Tribune reports. Cantu achieved incredible... More »

Convicted of Killing Wife, Guy Kills Himself in Court

Mark Faville, 72, died moments after verdict was read

(Newser) - A Virginia man died Friday moments after he was convicted of his wife's murder, apparently by killing himself in the courthouse, the Roanoke Times reports. Found guilty of voluntary manslaughter—which carries a sentence of one to ten years—72-year-old Mark Faville was taken to a holding room. The... More »

Top Belgian Politician Found Dead After Rape Charge

Former Flemish Socialist Party leader's body pulled from canal

(Newser) - A leading politician in Belgium has been found dead hours after prosecutors announced that the 60-year-old would face trial for rape, indecent assault, and abuse of office. Police in the city of Hasselt say Steve Stevaert's body was recovered last night, reports the BBC . Stevaert was one of the... More »

Iraq, Afghanistan Deployments Don't Raise Suicide Risk

But further research needed to analyze combat exposure: scientists

(Newser) - Don't blame the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq just yet for the growing number of military suicides. That's the conclusion of a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry that finds the suicide rate of troops deployed there was only a bit higher than that of troops who've... More »

Co-Pilot Lubitz Had Suicidal Tendencies Years Ago

Prosecutors say he was in therapy for years before becoming pilot

(Newser) - The man thought to have deliberately sent a Germanwings Airbus into the side of a mountain last week was treated for suicidal tendencies for several years before he became a pilot, German prosecutors said today. Andreas Lubitz underwent therapy "with a note about suicidal tendencies," reports the AP... More »

Mo. Auditor's Rep Kills Self Month After Boss Did: Cops

Robert 'Spence' Jackson found dead just weeks after auditor Tom Schweich

(Newser) - A strange, tragic story just got even stranger and more tragic: The spokesman for Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich—a gubernatorial candidate who killed himself Feb. 26 just minutes after arranging interviews with the media—has apparently taken his own life, the AP reports. Jefferson City Police officers found Robert "... More »

This Isn't the First 'Suicide by Plane Crash'

Germanwings crash chillingly similar to 2013 crash

(Newser) - It's thankfully very rare for a pilot to decide midflight that it's time for themselves and everybody on board to die, but Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz isn't the first believed to have done so. While the lack of survivors can make such cases hard to confirm, experts... More »

Teen Kills Brother, 6, Then Himself During Dinner: Cops

Older brother injured in what Florida cops say was prompted by fight over food

(Newser) - An evening meal among three brothers ended in tragedy yesterday evening in Hudson, Fla. A 13-year-old boy shot and killed his 6-year-old brother, cops say, then wounded his 16-year-old brother before killing himself, the AP reports. The boys' mother was at work and an 18-year-old brother wasn't around. What... More »

Students Find Their Teacher Hanged in Classroom

Popular instructor often spoke out against suicide

(Newser) - The door was locked around 8:40am yesterday when a few students arrived at Jillian Jacobson's photography classroom at El Dorado High School in Placentia, Calif. "That's not normal for that hour of the day," a police lieutenant explains to the Orange County Register . The students... More »

Cops: Teen Urged Friend to Kill Himself—and He Did

Michelle Carter has been charged with involuntary manslaughter

(Newser) - The sad story of one teen's suicide is turning into a bizarre criminal case for another. Police say Michelle Carter egged on friend Conrad Roy to kill himself—even when he seemed to change his mind at the last minute—because she wanted the sympathy and attention of others,... More »

Missouri Pol Arranges Interviews, Then Kills Self

Tom Schweich, candidate for governor, shot himself, say police

(Newser) - Missouri's political world was stunned today with the news that Tom Schweich, the state auditor and a Republican candidate for governor, was dead from what police are calling a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 54-year-old apparently shot himself in his own home this morning, just minutes after calling reporters from... More »

Boy Behind Viral 'Laser Cat' Photo Kills Self

Draven Rodriguez, Mr. Bigglesworth raised awareness for rescue animals

(Newser) - Draven Rodriguez, the "quick-witted" upstate New York teenager whose proposed yearbook photo went viral last fall after his school rejected it, has died, reports the Albany Times-Union . His parents say he killed himself at home on Thursday; NBC notes that it's not clear what drove Draven to end... More »

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