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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 »

FBI Conclusion on Black Teen's Hanging Death: Suicide, Not Hate Crime

One pathologist had suggested it was physically impossible for teen to hang himself

(Newser) - When 17-year-old Lennon Lacy's body was found hanging from a belt on a swing set in a predominantly white trailer park on Aug. 29, 2014, the morning before he was set to debut as a junior linebacker on his football team in the tiny town of Bladenboro, NC, local... More »

Courtroom Shocker: Man Hears Sentence, Kills Himself

US man living in Taiwan had just been handed 4-year sentence on drug conviction

(Newser) - A despondent reaction in a Taiwanese courtroom Thursday morning left a 41-year-old American dead. After he was handed a four-year sentence on a drug conviction, Tyrel Martin Marhanka killed himself, the Washington Post reports. Per the Taipei Times , a judge had just informed Marhanka of his punishment for growing pot... More »

Who Is This Man and Why Did He Drink Strychnine?

A titanium plate in the man's leg may break the case

(Newser) - A cyclist riding in a nature area near Manchester, England, on Dec. 12 saw a man who looked to be about 70 lying on a patch of grass, as if he was resting. In truth, he was dead. In a lengthy, visually stunning BBC article, Jon Manel explores the case... More »

Police Destroy Parents' Last Letter From Their Daughter

Chicago PD is apologizing for the accident

(Newser) - Before taking her own life, Nicole Porter wrote two last letters to her family. "Dear Mom and Dad, I love you guys so much," one began. But her parents no longer have the original letters, just digital copies—because Chicago police accidentally destroyed them. Police kept the suicide... More »

Cops: No Sign Fracking Tycoon Killed Himself

He died in fiery wreck a day after indictment

(Newser) - The timing of energy tycoon Aubrey McClendon's death raised suspicions , but police say they've found no connection between the fiery car crash he died in and the fact that the former Chesapeake Energy CEO had been indicted just a day earlier for alleged bid-rigging, reports the Wall Street ... More »

Suicides in Swiss Business World Rock Nation's Rep

'I am tired' is common refrain of financial sector execs

(Newser) - Envision moving to Switzerland, and pleasant images of a moneyed high life may arise. But reality in the Swiss business world may not be in keeping with what Reuters calls the country's "picture postcard image," especially after a recent string of suicides among top executives there. Martin... More »

After Girl's Suicide Attempt, Teacher Pens 130 'Incredible' Notes

She wanted to make every student feel special

(Newser) - When finals wrapped up at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs last week, Brittni Darras handed each of her students a handwritten letter. They contained messages like, "I hope you know how special you are to me" and "You inspire me to be a better person." It... More »

To Help Others, College President Reveals Suicide Attempts

Santa Ono says he wants to smash stigma surrounding mental illness

(Newser) - Those who follow the University of Cincinnati's president on Twitter may have been thrown by a tweet he posted over the weekend, as well as by a speech he made at a local event. "My message tonight: There should be no stigma for those with mental illness. I... More »

Guy Attempts Suicide by Jumping in Lion Cage

Franco Luis Ferrada, 20, was critically injured

(Newser) - Two lions were killed after they severely mauled a man who stripped naked and entered their enclosure in an apparent suicide attempt early Saturday in Chile, the AP reports. The man—identified by the Guardian as Franco Luis Ferrada, 20—was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was... More »

Sinead O'Connor Rages Online: 'You Left Me to Die'

The singer writes scathing Facebook post

(Newser) - Sinead O'Connor was found Monday after an apparent disappearance , but all isn't well. The singer wrote a seething, expletive-filled Facebook post Monday night accusing family members of casting her aside as she struggles with a suicidal condition, the New York Daily News reports. "You all abandoned me... More »

Sinead O'Connor Goes Missing on Bike Ride

Police in Wilmette, just north of Chicago, issue alert for "missing suicidal" singer

(Newser) - In what isn't the first instance of the media reporting on potentially suicidal behavior on the part of Sinead O'Connor, TMZ reports that the singer has been termed "missing suicidal" by police after she failed to return from an afternoon bike ride in a suburb north of... More »

Before Suicide, Firefighter Was Harassed Online

Nicole Mittendorff targeted by users claiming to be colleagues

(Newser) - Authorities are investigating whether anonymous posts in an online forum pushed Virginia firefighter Nicole Mittendorff to suicide . In a thread for emergency workers on website Fairfax Underground in December, the 31-year-old was called derogatory names including "slut," Fairfax Fire Chief Richard Bowers tells the New York Daily News... More »

How an Email Sent to the Wrong Person Saved a Life

'Life is brilliant'

(Newser) - A New Jersey police chief didn't let a little thing like being thousands of miles away in a different country stop him from saving a life last week, BuzzFeed reports. On the evening of April 14, chief Mitchell Stern of the Verona Police Department saw an email from a... More »

Suicide Rate Jumps for Americans Ages 10 Through 74

Rates up significantly for middle-aged adults, particularly women

(Newser) - As Canada grapples with a suicide crisis , it seems America may have one on its hands, too. Researchers at the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics on Friday released a report that puts the US suicide rate at 13 per 100,000 people—a 30-year high, per the New ... More »

Mom Found Dead in SUV With 3 Kids Killed Herself

Christine Thi Woo died of self-inflicted overdose

(Newser) - The death of a Texas mother whose body was found in her SUV last month with her hungry, thirsty children alive beside her has been ruled a suicide, the AP reports. A Frisco police statement says the Collin County Medical Examiner's office has determined that Christine Thi Woo died... More »

A Suicide Attempt, Then Cops Find a Captive Daughter

German 26-year-old, believed to be autistic, was likely held captive by mom 'for years'

(Newser) - A 54-year-old woman apparently despondent over being evicted may have tried to kill herself by throwing herself down a stairwell, reports NBC News . She survived, but German cops at the scene to enforce the eviction made a "shocking" discovery: a 26-year-old woman held in "inhumane conditions." "... More »

Canada's Suicide Crisis Deepens With 5 More Attempts

Time for Canada to 'get its act together,' MP says.

(Newser) - Bruce Shisheesh, chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation, tweeted his gratitude Saturday for the "well wishes … from around the world" as his community in remote northern Ontario grapples with a suicide epidemic . The second part of his message suggests well wishes aren't enough: "Five more children... More »

Student's Chemical Suicide Injures 11

Lethal gas was 'intentionally created,' says official

(Newser) - A male student was found dead of an apparent "chemical suicide" in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday that injured 11 others, police say. Residents reported a foul smell at the 21 Pearl apartment complex near the University of Texas around 2pm, which management officials traced to a specific apartment with... More »

Indigenous Emergency: 11 Suicide Attempts in One Day

Ontario's Attawapiskat First Nation declares state of emergency, pleads for help

(Newser) - A "suicide epidemic" that started last fall in a northern Ontario community—with 11 suicide attempts this past Saturday alone, per the CBC —has led the Attawapiskat First Nation to declare a state of emergency, per the National Post . The remote enclave of 2,000 people has reportedly... More »

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